List of years in paleontology       (table)
 1892 .  1893 .  1894 .  1895  . 1896  . 1897  . 1898 
1899 1900 1901 -1902- 1903 1904 1905
 1906 .  1907 .  1908 .  1909  . 1910  . 1911  . 1912 

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 1902.


Newly named dinosaursEdit

Data coutersy of George Olshevsky's dinosaur genera list[1] and Dr. Jeremy Montague's dinosaur genus database.[2]

Name Status Authors Notes Images
Dacentrurus[3] Valid taxon


Nomen dubium.

May be a synonym of Lambeosaurus.


Junior synonym.

  • Peterson
  • Gilmore

Junior synonym of Apatosaurus.


Valid taxon


Nomen dubium.

A dubious name that may be a synonym of Rhabdodon.



A prolacertiform reptile that may be a synonym of Tanystropheus.

Rileya[8] Valid taxon Renamed Rileyasuchus.

Valid taxon



Later renamed Euoplocephalus.


  1. ^ Olshevsky, George. "Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List". Retrieved on 2008-08-07. 
  2. ^ Montague, Jeremy. "Dr. Montague's Database". Retrieved on 2008-10-29. 
  3. ^ Lucas, F.A. 1902. Paleontological notes: The generic name Omosaurus. Science 19: p. 435.
  4. ^ Osborn, H.F. 1902. On Vertebrata of the Mid- Cretaceous of the Northwest Territory. I: Distinctive characters of the Mid-Cretaceous fauna. Contrib. Canad. Pal. III (4to): pp. 1-21.
  5. ^ Peterson, O.A. and C.W. Gilmore. 1902. Elosaurus parvus a new genus and species of Sauropoda. Ann. Carnegie Mus. 1: pp. 490-499.
  6. ^ Lucas, F.A., 1902. A new generic name for Stegosaurus MARSH. Science 16: pp. 435.
  7. ^ Nopcsa, F. 1902. Notizen uber Cretacische Dinosaurier (Mochlodon u. Onychosaurus). Anzeiger der Akademie der Wissenschaften, Mathnat. Kl. Wien 39: pp. 42-44.
  8. ^ a b Huene, F. von. 1902. Ubersicht uber die Reptilien der Trias. Geologische und Palaeontologische Abhandlungne, n. f. 6 (1): 83 pages.
  9. ^ a b Lambe, L.M. 1902. New genera and species from the Belly River Series (mid-Cretaceous). Contrib. Canadian Palaeonto1. Geol. Surv. Can. 3: pp. 25-81.

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