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 1944.

List of years in paleontology (table)
In science

Plants edit

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Type locality Location Notes Images

Cornus republicensis[2]

Nom nov

jr synonym



Tom Thumb Tuff
Klondike Mountain Formation


A replacement name for Cornus acuminata Berry, 1929
Moved to Schoepfia republicensis in 1987

Schoepfia republicensis

Arthropods edit

Newly named crustaceans edit

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Type locality Location Notes Images

Palaeophoberus portlandicus[3]

Sp nov


Roger & Lapparent

Late Jurassic (Tithonian)



A stenochirid

Conodonts edit

Name Status Authors Location Images



Dinosaurs edit

  • The only known fossils of Poekilopleuron are destroyed during the Allied liberation of Normandy.[5]

Newly named dinosaurs edit

Data are courtesy of George Olshevky's dinosaur genera list.[6]

Name Status Authors Location Notes Images


Nomen dubium.

  • Yang Z. J. (as Young C. C.)
It has been argued that his remains were ornithopods or sauropods. They are now the remains of a sauropod.

Plesiosaurs edit

New taxa edit

Name Status Authors Location Notes




References edit

  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. ^ Wolfe, J.A.; Wehr, W.C. (1987). "Middle Eocene Dicotyledonous Plants from Republic, Northeastern Washington". United States Geological Survey Bulletin. 1597: 1–25.
  3. ^ Roger, J.; Lapparent, A.F. (1944). "Une nouvelle espèce de crustacé décapode Palaeophoberus portlandicus, découverte dans le Portlandien du Pays de Bray". Bulletin de la Société géologique de France. 14: 365–374.
  4. ^ Conodonts. EB Branson and MG Mehl, in HW Shimer and RR Shrock, Index Fossils of North America. 1944
  5. ^ Farlow, James O.; M. K. Brett-Surmann (1999). The Complete Dinosaur. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. p. 16. ISBN 0-253-21313-4.
  6. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  7. ^ Young C.-C. 1944. On the reptilian remains from Weiyuan, Szechuan, China. Bull. Geol. Soc. China 24: pp. 187-209.