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Paleontology or palaeontology is the study of prehistoric life forms on Earth through the examination of plant and animal fossils.[1] This includes the study of body fossils, tracks (ichnites), burrows, cast-off parts, fossilised feces (coprolites), palynomorphs and chemical residues. Because humans have encountered fossils for millennia, paleontology has a long history both before and after becoming formalized as a science. This article records significant discoveries and events related to paleontology that occurred or were published in the year 1886.

List of years in paleontology (table)
In science
1883
1884
1885
1886
1887
1888
1889

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IchthyosaursEdit

New taxaEdit

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes

Ichthyosaurus cornalianus

Valid

Bassani

Late Triassic (Carnian)

Besano Formation

  Italy

Type species of the mixosaurid genus Mixosaurus Baur, 1887.

ArchosaursEdit

Newly named basal archosauromorphsEdit

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes

Tribelesodon

Junior synonym

Bassani

Late Triassic

  Italy

Junior synonym of Tanystropheus, a member of Protorosauria.

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SynapsidsEdit

Non-mammalianEdit

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Naosaurus

Invalid

Cope

Early Permian

Red beds

  USA

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gini-Newman, Garfield; Graham, Elizabeth (2001). Echoes from the past: world history to the 16th century. Toronto: McGraw-Hill Ryerson Ltd. ISBN 9780070887398. OCLC 46769716.