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 1970.


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 Notes Images


May be a junior synonym of Albertosaurus.


Valid taxon.

  • Roniewicz
Dilophosaurus[5] Valid taxon
  • Welles

Nomen nudum.

  • Ellenberger

Misidentified non-dinosaurian archosaur.



Non-dinosaurian gliding reptile.


Nomen nudum

Barnum Brown vide:

Chimera of Deinonychus and Microvenator.

Microvenator[9] Valid taxon
Sauropelta[9] Valid taxon
Staurikosaurus[10] Valid taxon
Tenontosaurus[9] Valid taxon


  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. ^ Russell, D.A. 1970. Tyrannosaurs from the Late Cretaceous of Western Canada. National Museum of Nat. Sci., Publ. Paleontology No. 1.
  4. ^ Osmolska, H. and E. Roniewicz. 1970. Deinocheiridae, a new family of theropod dinosaurs. Palaeontol. Polonica 21: pp. 5-19.
  5. ^ Welles, S.P. 1970. Dilophosaurus (Reptilia: Saurischia), a new name for a dinosaur. J. Paleontol. 44: p. 989.
  6. ^ Ellenberger, P. 1970. Les niveaux Paleontologiques de premiere apparition des Mammiferes primordiaux ed afrique du sud et leur ichnologie, establissement de zones stratigaphiques detaillees dans le stormberg du Lesotho (Afrique du sud) (Trias superieur a Jurassique). Proceedings Papers of the 2nd Gondwana Symposium in South Africa, 1970: pp. 343-370.
  7. ^ Sharov, A.G. 1970. A peculiar reptile from the Lower Triassic of Fergana. Paleontologiceskij Zurnal 1: pp. 127-130.
  8. ^ Brown vide Ostrom, J.H. 1970. Terrestrial vertebrates as indicators of Mesozoic climates. Proc. North. Am. Paleontol. Convention D, 347-376.
  9. ^ a b c Ostrom, J.H. 1970. Stratigraphy and paleontology of the Cloverly Formation (Lower Cretaceous) of the Bighorn Basin area, Wyoming and Montana. Peabody Museum Nat. History Bull. 35: pp. 1-234.
  10. ^ Colbert, E.H. 1970. A saurischian dinosaur from the Triassic of Brasil. Amer. Mus. Novitates 2405: pp. 1-39.

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