1945 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 1945.

List of years in paleontology (table)
In science


Newly named protorosaursEdit

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Gwyneddosaurus[2] Valid taxon
  • Bock

Late Triassic (Carnian)

Lockatong Formation

  United States

A tanystropheid.

Newly named dinosaursEdit

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

Name Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images
Neosaurus[4] Valid taxon

Gilmore vide:

  • Gilmore &
  • Stewart

Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian)

Ripley Formation

  United States

Preoccupied by Nopsca, 1923. Renamed Parrosaurus.


Nomen dubium.

  • Gilmore

Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian)

Ripley Formation

  United States

A dubious hadrosaurid.


  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. ^ Bock, W. 1945. A new small Reptile from the Triassic of Pennsylvania. Notulae Naturae 154: pp. 1-8.
  3. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved 2008-08-07.
  4. ^ Gilmore, C.W. and D.R. Stewart. 1945. A new sauropod dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous of Missouri. J. Paleontol. 19: pp. 23-29
  5. ^ Gilmore, C.W. 1945. Parrosaurus, n. name, replacing Neosaurus Gilmore 1945. J. Paleontol. 19: p. 540.