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Paleontology, palaeontology or palæontology (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. This includes the study of body fossils, tracks (ichnites), burrows, cast-off parts, coprolites, palynomorphs and chemical residues. Because mankind has 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 in the year 1868.

DinosaursEdit

Newly named dinosaursEdit

Name Status Authors Notes

Aublysodon

Nomen dubium

Joseph Leidy

Possible subjective synonym of Albertosaurus or Deinodon.

Diplotomodon

Nomen dubium

Joseph Leidy

Possible subjective synonym of Dryptosaurus.

Drumheller 150

Aublysodon may be a synonym of Albertosaurus.


PlesiosaursEdit

New taxaEdit

Name Status Authors Notes

Elasmosaurus

Valid

Cope

ReferencesEdit

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