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            List of years in paleontology       (table)
 1867 .  1868 .  1869 .  1870  . 1871  . 1872  . 1873 
1874 1875 1876 -1877- 1878 1879 1880
 1881 .  1882 .  1883 .  1884  . 1885  . 1886  . 1887 

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 1877.

DinosaursEdit

Name Status Authors Notes

Allosaurus

Valid

Othniel Charles Marsh

Amphicoelias

Nomen dubium

Edward Drinker Cope

Apatodon

Nomen dubium

Othniel Charles Marsh

Possible subjective synonym of Allosaurus.

Apatosaurus

Valid

Othniel Charles Marsh

Atlantosaurus

Nomen dubium

Othniel Charles Marsh

Possible subjective synonym of Apatosaurus or Camarasaurus.

Camarasaurus

Valid

Edward Drinker Cope

Caulodon

Jr. synonym

Edward Drinker Cope

Junior subjective synonym of Camarasaurus.

Dasygnathus

Misidentification.

Thomas Henry Huxley

A misidentified ornithosuchid archosaur whose name was preoccupied by MacLeay, 1819. It was later renamed Dasygnathoides.

Dryptosaurus

Valid

Othniel Charles Marsh

Dystrophaeus

Valid

Edward Drinker Cope

Nanosaurus

Valid

Othniel Charles Marsh

Palaeoctonus

Misidentification.

Edward Drinker Cope

Dubious genus of misidentified phytosaur.

Stegosaurus

Valid

Othniel Charles Marsh

Suchoprion

Misidentification.

Edward Drinker Cope

Dubious genus of misidentified phytosaur.

Tichosteus

Nomen dubium

Edward Drinker Cope

Titanosaurus

Nomen dubium

Richard Lydekker

Titanosaurus

Preoccupied.

Othniel Charles Marsh

Preoccupied by a genus erected by Richard Lydekker this same year. Later renamed Atlantosaurus.

ReferencesEdit

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