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Paleontology or palaeontology (from Greek: paleo, "ancient"; ontos, "being"; and logos, "knowledge") 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 1917.

List of years in paleontology (table)
In science
1914
1915
1916
1917
1918
1919
1920

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Expeditions, field work, and fossil discoveriesEdit

Institutions and organizationsEdit

Natural history museumsEdit

Scientific organizationsEdit

Scientific advancesEdit

PaleoanthropologyEdit

PaleobotanyEdit

Evolutionary biologyEdit

ExopaleontologyEdit

Extinction researchEdit

MicropaleontologyEdit

Invertebrate paleozoologyEdit

Prehistoric insects described in 1917
Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Tortrix? florissantana[2]

sp. nov

valid

Priabonian

Florissant Formation

A torticid moth

Trace fossilsEdit

Vertebrate paleozoologyEdit

Non-mammalian synapsids described in 1917
Name Status Authors Age Location Notes Images

Myosaurus

Valid

Haughton 250 Millions years ago The Mice lizard.
Platycraniellus Valid Van Hoepen 250 Millions years ago

Prolystrosaurus

Valid

Haughton

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list.[3]

Prehistoric dinosaurs described in 1917
Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

"Archaeornis"[4]

gen. nov

Junior synonym

  • Petronievics

Tithonian

Solnhofen limestone

  Germany

Junior synonym of Archaeopteryx. Non-dinosaurian bird.

"Cheneosaurus"[5]

gen et sp nov

Junior synonym.

early Maastrichtian

Horseshoe Canyon Formation

  US (  Montana)   Canada (  Alberta)

Junior synonym of Hypacrosaurus.

Edmontosaurus[6]

gen et sp nov

Valid taxon

late Campanian-late Maastrichtian

Horseshoe Canyon Formation
Lance Formation
Hell Creek Formation
Scollard Formation
Frenchman Formation

A saurolophine hadrosaurid. A Duck-billed Dinosaur.

Research techniquesEdit

Fossil tradeEdit

Law and politicsEdit

Regulation of fossil collection, transport, or saleEdit

Fossil-related crimeEdit

Official symbolsEdit

Protected areasEdit

Ethics and practiceEdit

HoaxesEdit

ScandalsEdit

Unethical practiceEdit

PeopleEdit

BirthsEdit

Awards and recognitionEdit

DeathsEdit

Historiography and anthropology of paleontologyEdit

PseudoscienceEdit

Popular cultureEdit

Amusement parks and attractionsEdit

ArtEdit

ComicsEdit

FilmEdit

GamingEdit

LiteratureEdit

  • Hunting Dinosaurs in the Badlands of the Red Deer River Valley, Alberta by C. H. Sternberg was published. Although the work over all was non-fiction, it concluded with a series of fictional chapters wherein Sternberg dreamt of traveling back in time to the various ages of prehistory.[7]

PhilatelyEdit

TelevisionEdit

See alsoEdit

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.
  2. ^ Cockerell, T. D. A. (1907). "A fossil tortricid moth". Canadian Entomologist. 39: 416. doi:10.4039/ent39416-12.
  3. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  4. ^ Petronievics, B. and A.S. Woodward. 1917. On the pectoral and pelvic arches of the Britt.Mus. specimen of Archaeopteryx. Proc. Zool. Soc. London: pp. 1 - 16.
  5. ^ Lambe, L.M. 1917. On Cheneosaurus tolmanensis, a new genus and species of trachodont dinosaur from the Edmonton Cretaceous of Alberta. Ottawa Nat. 30: pp. 117- 123.
  6. ^ Lambe, L.M. 1917. A new genus and species of crestless hadrosaur from the Edmonton Formation of Alberta. Ottawa Nat. 31: pp. 65-73.
  7. ^ Sarjeant, W. A. S., 2001, Dinosaurs in fiction: In: Mesozoic Vertebrate Life, edited by Tanke, D. H., and Carpenter, K., Indiana University Press, pp. 504-529.