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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 1924.

List of years in paleontology (table)
In science



Newly named dinosaursEdit

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list.[2]

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Asiatosaurus[3] Nomen dubium

?Barremian-earliest Aptian

Öösh Formation

An indeterminate sauropod.

Chirostenotes[4] Valid taxon

middle-late Campanian

Dinosaur Park Formation

An Oviraptorosaur.

Dyoplosaurus[5] Valid taxon

middle-late Campanian

Dinosaur Park Formation

An ankylosaurid.

"Fenestrosaurus"[6] Nomen nudum.

Same as Oviraptor.

Lycorhinus[7] Valid taxon
  • Haughton


Elliot Formation

A heterodontosaurid.

Melanorosaurus[7] Valid taxon
  • Haughton

late Norian-Rhaetian

Elliot Formation

A melanorosaurid.

"Ornithoides"[8] Nomen nudum.

Same as Saurornithoides

Oviraptor[8] Valid taxon

middle-late Campanian

Djadochta Formation

An oviraptorid.

"Ovoraptor"[6] Nomen nudum.

Same as Velociraptor

Prodeinodon Nomen dubium.

?Barremian-early Aptian

Öösh Formation

An indeterminate theropod.

Saurornithoides[6] Valid taxon

middle-late Campanian

Djadochta Formation

A troodontid.

Velociraptor[8] Valid taxon

middle-late Campanian

Djadochta Formation

A velociraptorine dromaeosaurid.


New taxaEdit




  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. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  3. ^ Osborn, H.F. 1924. Sauropoda and Theropoda of the Lower Cretaceous of Mongolia. Amer. Mus. Novitates 128: pp. 1-7.
  4. ^ Gilmore, C.W. 1924. A new coelurid dinosaur from the Belly River Cretaceous of Alberta. Bull. Can. Dept. Mines Geol. Surv. 38: pp. 1-12.
  5. ^ Parks, W.A. 1924. Dyoplosaurus acutosquameus, a new genus and species of armored dinosaur; with notes on a skeleton of Prosaurolophus maximus. Univ. Toronto Stud. (Geol. Ser.) 18: pp. 1-35.
  6. ^ a b c Osborn, H.F. 1924. The discovery of an unknown continent. Nat. Hist. 24: pp. 133-149.
  7. ^ a b Haughton, S.H. 1924. The fauna and stratigraphy of the Stormberg series. Ann. South Africa Museum 12: pp. 323-497.
  8. ^ a b c Osborn, H.F. 1924. Three new Theropoda, Protoceratops zone, central Mongolia. Amer. Mus. Novitates 144: pp. 1-12.