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            List of years in paleontology       (table)
 1874 .  1875 .  1876 .  1877  . 1878  . 1879  . 1880 
1881 1882 1883 -1884- 1885 1886 1887
 1888 .  1889 .  1890 .  1891  . 1892  . 1893  . 1894 

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 1884.

DinosaursEdit

Name Status Authors Notes

Ceratosaurus

Valid

Othniel Charles Marsh

Dinodocus

Nomen dubium

Sir Richard Owen

Macelognathus

Misidentification.

Othniel Charles Marsh

Misidentified sphenosuchian crocodilian.

PlesiosaursEdit

New taxaEdit

Name Status Authors Notes

Dactylosaurus

Valid

Gurich

ReferencesEdit

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