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            List of years in paleontology       (table)
 1871 .  1872 .  1873 .  1874  . 1875  . 1876  . 1877 
1878 1879 1880 -1881- 1882 1883 1884
 1885 .  1886 .  1887 .  1888  . 1889  . 1890  . 1891 

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 1881.

DinosaursEdit

Newly named dinosaursEdit

Name Status Authors Notes

Crataeomus

Nomen dubium

Harry Govier Seeley

Possible subjective synonym of Struthiosaurus.

Diracodon

Nomen dubium

Othniel Charles Marsh

Possible subjective synonym of Stegosaurus.

Doratodon

Misidentification

Harry Govier Seeley

Misidentified crocodilian.

Hallopus

Misidentification.

Othniel Charles Marsh

Misidentified crocodilian.

Hoplosaurus

Nomen dubium

Harry Govier Seeley

Possible subjective synonym of Struthiosaurus.

Mochlodon

Valid

Harry Govier Seeley

Oligosaurus

Nomen dubium

Harry Govier Seeley

Possible subjective synonym of Rhabdodon.

Ornithomerus

Jr. synonym

Harry Govier Seeley

Junior subjective synonym of Rhabdodon.

Pleuropeltus

Nomen dubium

Harry Govier Seeley

Possible subjective synonym of Struthiosaurus.

Rhadinosaurus

Nomen dubium

Harry Govier Seeley

PterosaursEdit

New taxaEdit

Name Status Authors Notes

Dermodactylus

Valid

Marsh

Laopteryx

Valid

Marsh

Nyctodactylus

Junior synonym.

Marsh

Junior synonym of Nyctosaurus.

PaleontologistsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Farlow, James O.; M. K. Brett-Surmann (1999). The Complete Dinosaur. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. pp. 15. ISBN 0-253-21313-4. 

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