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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 1900.

List of years in paleontology (table)
In science
1897
1898
1899
1900
1901
1902
1903

SauropterygiaEdit

Newly named plesiosaursEdit

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Cimoliasaurus laramiensis

sp nov

junior synonym

Knight

Oxfordian

Sundance Formation, Wyonming

  USA

recombined as Tatenectes laramiensis in 2003

SynapsidsEdit

Non-mammalianEdit

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Dicranozygoma

Gen. et sp. nov

Nomen dubium

Seeley

Late Permian

Cistecephalus Assemblage Zone

  South Africa

A dicynodont of uncertain position

Ictidosuchus

Gen. et sp. nov

Valid

Broom

Late Permian

Tropidostoma Assemblage Zone

  South Africa

A member of Baurioidea.

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.