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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 1963.


Newly named dinosaursEdit

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

Name Status Authors
Herrerasaurus[3] Valid taxon Osvaldo Reig
"Ischisaurus"[3] Junior synonym of Herrerasaurus Osvaldo Reig
"Microsaurops"[4] Junior synonym of Saltasaurus Kuhn
"Tanystrosuchus"[4] Nomen dubium. Probably synonymous with Halticosaurus. Kuhn
"Triassolestes"[3] A non-dinosaurian genus. Later renamed Trialestes. Osvaldo Reig 1963/Tillyard, 1918


  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. ^ a b c Reig, O.A. 1963. La presencia de dinosaurios saurisquios en los "Estrados de Ischigualasto" (Mesotriasico superior) de las provincias de San Juan y La Rioja (Republica Argentina). Ameghiniana 3: pp. 3-20.
  4. ^ a b Kuhn, O. 1963. Ichnia Tetrapodorum. In: Fossilium Catalogus I: Animalia, part 101 (Westphal, F., ed.). W. Junk, The Hague, Netherlands: 176 pages.

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