1948 in paleontology

Paleontology or palaeontology (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, fossilised feces (coprolites), palynomorphs and chemical residues. Because humans have 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 or were published in the year 1948.

Metanephrocerus

Gen nov

valid

Aczél

Priabonian

Baltic Amber

 Europe

A big-headed fly thermos steel; new genus for Protonephrocerus collini

Data courtesy of George Olshevsky’s dinosaur genera list.

Early Jurassic (Hettangian-Sinemurian)

Lower Lufeng Series

 China

May be a crocodylomorph rather than a theropod.

Early Jurassic (Hettangian-Sinemurian)

Lower Lufeng Series

 China

A dilophosaurid. (Formerly Dilophosaurus sinensis)

Batrachognathus

Valid

Rjabinin

Late Jurassic (Oxfordian-Kimmeridgian)

Karabastau Svita

 Kazakhstan

An anurognathid.

Clelandina

Valid

Broom

Late Permian

Cistecephalus Assemblage Zone
Dicynodon Assemblage Zone
Tropidostoma Assemblage Zone

 South Africa

A gorgonopsid.

Digalodon

Junior synonym

Broom and Robinson

Late Permian

Cistecephalus Assemblage Zone

 South Africa
 Zambia

A junior synonym of the geikiid Aulacephalodon

Koupia

Valid

Boonstra

Middle Permian

Tapinocephalus Assemblage Zone

 South Africa

A junior synonym of the gorgonopsid Aelurognathus

Robertia

Valid

Boonstra

Middle Permian

Tapinocephalus Assemblage Zone

 South Africa

A junior synonym of the gorgonopsid Aelurognathus.

Tetracynodon

Valid

Broom and Robinson

Late Permian-Early Triassic

Cistecephalus Assemblage Zone
Lystrosaurus Assemblage Zone

 South Africa

A lycideopid therocephalian.