1942 in paleontology

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 1942.

List of years in paleontology (table)
In science


Name Status Authors Location Images
Lochriea[2] valid


Newly named dinosaursEdit

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

Name Status Authors Location Images
"Anatosaurus"[4] Junior synonym of Edmontosaurus.
  • Wright
"Chienkosaurus"[5] Junior synonym of Szechuanosaurus.
  • Yang Z. J. (as Young C. C.)
Sinocoelurus[5] Valid taxon
  • Yang Z. J. (as Young C. C.)
"Spondylosoma"[6] Non-dinosaurian archosaur.
Szechuanosaurus[5] Nomen dubium
  • Yang Z. J. (as Young C. C.)
Yunnanosaurus[7] Valid taxon
  • Yang Z. J. (as Young C. C.)



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  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. ^ Conodont Assemblages from the Heath Formation, Montana. Harold W. Scott, Journal of Paleontology, Vol. 16, No. 3 (May, 1942), pp. 293-300 (Stable URL)
  3. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  4. ^ Lull, R.S. and N.E. Wright. 1942. Hadrosaurian dinosaurs of North America. Geological Society of America Special Papers 40:pp. 1-242.
  5. ^ a b c Young C.-C. 1942. Fossil vertebrates from Kuangynan, N. Szechuan, China. Bull. Geol. Soc. China 22: pp. 293-309.
  6. ^ Huene, F. Von. 1942. Die fossilen Reptilien des sudamerikanischen Gondwanalandes. Ergebnisse der Sauriergrabuiigen in Shdbrasilien 1928/29. Beck'sche Verlagsbuchhandlung, Munich.
  7. ^ Young . C.C. 1942. Yunnanosauris huangi (gen. et sp. nov.) a new Prosauropoda from the rede Beds at Lufeng, Yunnan. Bull Geol. Soc. China. 22: pp. 63-104.