List of years in paleontology       (table)
 1988 .  1989 .  1990 .  1991  . 1992  . 1993  . 1994 
1995 1996 1997 -1998- 1999 2000 2001
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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 1998.


A. C. Henrici. 1998. A new pipoid anuran from the Late Jurassic Morrison Formation at Dinosaur National Monument, Utah. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 18(2):321-332


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
Altirhinus[3] Valid taxon
Gastonia burgei dinosaur


Camposaurus[4] Valid taxon
  • Hunt,
  • S. G. Lucas,
  • Heckert,
  • Sullivan, and
  • Lockley
Caseosaurus[4] Valid taxon
  • Hunt,
  • S. G. Lucas,
  • Heckert,
  • Sullivan, and
  • Lockley
Caudipteryx[5] Valid taxon
Cristatusaurus[6] Valid taxon
Eobrontosaurus[7] Valid taxon
Eolambia[8] Valid taxon
Gargoyleosaurus[9] Valid taxon
  • Cloward
Gastonia[10] Valid taxon
Gongxianosaurus[11] Valid taxon
  • He,
  • Wang C.,
  • Liu S.,
  • Zhou F.,
  • Liu T.,
  • Cai and
  • Dai
Histriasaurus[12] Valid taxon
  • Dalla Vecchia
Lourinhanosaurus[13] Valid taxon
  • Mateus
Lourinhasaurus[14] Valid taxon
  • Dantas,
  • Sanz,
  • Da Silva,
  • Ortega,
  • Dos Santos and
  • Cachao
Megaraptor[15] Valid taxon
  • Novas
Nedcolbertia[16] Valid taxon
  • S. K. Madsen and
  • Burge
Notohypsilophodon[17] Valid taxon
  • Martínez
Ozraptor[18] Valid taxon
  • J. A. Long and
Protohadros[19] Valid taxon
  • Head
Rahonavis[20] Valid taxon
  • Forster,
  • Sampson,
Scipionyx[21] Valid taxon
  • Dal Sasso and
  • Signore
Shanxia[22] Valid taxon
  • Barrett,
  • You,
  • Upchurch and
  • Burton
Shuvuuia[23] Valid taxon
  • Clark
Sonorasaurus[24] Valid taxon
  • Ratkevich,
  • Sidor,
  • Varricchio,
Tianzhenosaurus[25] Valid taxon
  • Pang and
  • Cheng Z.
Variraptor[26] Valid taxon
  • Le Loeuff and
  • Buffetaut
Zuniceratops[27] Valid taxon
  • Wolfe and


  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. ^ Norman, D.B. 1998. On Asian ornithopods (Dinosauria: Ornithischia). 3. A new species of Iguanodontid dinosaur. Zool. Journal Linn. Soc. 122: pp. 291-348.
  4. ^ a b Hunt, A.P., S.G. Lucas, A.B. Heckert, R.M. Sullivan, and M.G. Lockley. 1998. Late Triassic Dinosaurs from the Western United States. Geobios 31 (4): pp. 511-531.
  5. ^ Ji, Q.., P.J. Currie, M.A. Norell, and S.-A. Ji. 1998. Two feathered dinosaurs from northeastern China. Nature 393: pp. 753-761.
  6. ^ Taquet, P. and D.A. Russell. 1998. New data on spinosaurid dinosaurs from the Early Cretaceous of the Sahara. Comptes rendus de l'Academie des Sciences, Sciences de la Terre et des Planetes 327: pp. 347-353.
  7. ^ Bakker, RT. 1998. Dinosaur Mid-Life Crisis: The Jurassic-Cretaceous Transition in Wyoming and Colorado: In: Lower and Middle Cretaceous Terrestrial Ecosystems (S.G.Lucas, J.I. Kirkland and J.W. Estep, eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 14: pp. 67- 77.
  8. ^ Kirkland, J.I. 1998. A new hadrosaurid from the Upper Cedar Mountain Formation (Albian- Cenomanian: Cretaceous) of Eastern Utah - the oldest known hadrosaurid (Lambeosaurine?). Pp. 283-295 in: Lower and Middle Cretaceous Terrestrial Ecosystems (S.G. Lucas, J.I. Kirkland, and J.W. Estep, eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 14.
  9. ^ Carpenter, K., C. Miles, and K. Cloward. 1998. Skull of a Jurassic ankylosaur (Dinosauria). Nature. 393: pp. 782-783.
  10. ^ Kirkland, J.I. 1998. A Polacanthinae Ankylosaur (Ornithischia: Dinosauria) from the Early Cretaceous (Barremian) of Eastern Utah. In: Lower and Middle Cretaceous Terrestrial Ecosystems (S.G. Lucas, J.I. Kirkland, and J.W. Estep, eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 14: pp. 271-281.
  11. ^ He X., C. Wang, S. Liu, F. Zhou, T. Liu, K. Cai, and B. Dai. 1998. A new sauropod dinosaur during Early Jurassic in Gongxian County, Sichuan China. Sichuan Dizhi Xuebao Acta Geologica Sichuan 18 (1), pp. 1-6.
  12. ^ Dalla Vecchia, F.M. 1998. Remains of Sauropoda (Reptilia, Saurischia) in the Lower Cretaceous (Upper Hauterivian/Lower Barremian) Limestones of SW Istria (Croatia). Geol. Croat 51 (2): pp. 105-134.
  13. ^ Mateus, O. 1998. Lourinhanosaurus antunesi, a New Upper Jurassic Allosauroid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from Lourinhã (Portugal). Memórias da Academia de Ciências de Lisboa. 37: pp. 111- 124.
  14. ^ Dantas,P.M., J.L. Sanz, C.M. Silva, F. Ortega, V.F. Santos, and M. Cachão. 1998. Lourinhasaurus n. gen. Novo dinossáurio saurópode do Jurássico superior (Kimmeridgiano superior-Titoniano inferior) de Portugal. Actas do V Congresso de Geologia. 84 (1): A-91-A-94.
  15. ^ Novas, F.E. 1998. Megaraptor namunhuaiquii, gen. et sp. nov., a large-clawed, Late Cretaceous theropod from Patagonia. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 18 (1): pp. 4-9.
  16. ^ Kirkland, J.I., B.B. Britt, C.H. Whittle, S.K. Madsen, and D.L. Burge. 1998. A small coelurosaurian theropod from the Yellow Cat Member of the Cedar Mountain Formation (Lower Cretaceous, Barremian) of eastern Utah. In: Lower and Middle Cretaceous Terrestrial ecosystems (S.G. Lucas, J.I. Kirkland, and J.W. Estep, eds.). Bull. New Mexico Mus. Nat. Hist. Sci.14: pp. 239-248.
  17. ^ Tapia, A. 1919. Una mandibula de dinosaurio procedente de Patagonia. Rev. Soc. Arg. Cienc. Nat. Vil. 4: pp. 369-370.
  18. ^ Long, J.A. and R.E. Molnar. 1998. A new Jurassic theropod dinosaur from Western Australia. Records of the Western Australian Museum. 19: pp. 121-129.
  19. ^ Head, J.J. 1998. A new species of basal hadrosaurid (Dinosauria, Ornithischia) from the Cenomanian of Texas. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 18 (4):pp. 718-738.
  20. ^ Forster, C.A., S.D. Sampson, L.M. Chiappe, and D.W. Krause. 1998. The theropod ancestry of birds: new evidence from the Late Cretaceous of Madagascar. Science. 279: pp. 1915-1919.
  21. ^ Dal Sasso C. and M. Signore. 1998. Scipionyx samniticus (Saurischia, Theropoda): the first Italian dinosaur. Third European Workshop on Vertebrate Paleontology (abstract): p. 23.
  22. ^ Barrett, P. M., Y. Hailu, R. Upchurch, and A.C. Burton. 1998. A new ankylosaurian Dinosaur (Ornithischia: Ankylosauria) from the Upper Cretaceous of Shanxi Province, People’s Republic of China. J. Vert. Paleontol. 18 (2): pp. 376-384.
  23. ^ Chiappe,L.P., M.A. Norell, and J.M. Clark. 1998. The skull of a relative of the stem-group bird Mononykus. Nature. 392: pp. 275-278.
  24. ^ Ratkevich, R and R. Scarborough. 1998. New Cretaceous brachiosaurid dinosaur, Sonorasaurus thompsoni, gen. et. sp. nov, from Arizona. Journal of the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science 31 (1): pp. 71-81.
  25. ^ Pang, Q., and Z. Cheng. 1998. A new ankylosaur of Late Cretaceous from Tianzhen, Shaxi. Progress in Natural Science 8 (3): pp. 326-334.
  26. ^ Le Loeuff, J., and E. Buffetaut. 1998. A new dromaeosaurid theropod from the Upper Cretaceous of Southern France. Oryctos 1: pp. 105-112.
  27. ^ Wolfe, D.G., and J.I. Kirkland J I. 1998. Zuniceratops christopheri n. gen. & n. sp., a ceratopsian dinosaur from the Moreno Hill Formation (Cretaceous, Turonian) of West-Central New Mexico. In: Lower and Middle Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems (S.G. Lucas, J.I. Kirkland, and J.W. Estep, eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Bulletin 14: pp. 303- 317.

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