List of years in paleontology       (table)
 1977 .  1978 .  1979 .  1980  . 1981  . 1982  . 1983 
1984 1985 1986 -1987- 1988 1989 1990
 1991 .  1992 .  1993 .  1994  . 1995  . 1996  . 1997 

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 1987.


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
Aeolosaurus[3] Valid taxon
Aragosaurus[4] Valid taxon
Borogovia[5] Valid taxon
"Clevelanotyrannus"[6] Nomen nudum, later determined to be a junior synonym of Nanotyrannus

Robert Bakker, Williams & Phillip Currie vide:

"Jiangjunmiaosaurus" Junior synonym of Monolophosaurus


Maleevus[7] Valid taxon
Pseudolagosuchus[8] Valid taxon
Ugrosaurus[9] Junior synonym of Triceratops
"Unicerosaurus" Nomen nudum, possibly non-dinosaurian

Carl Baugh vide:

  • Armstrong
Walkeria[10] Name preoccupied by a bryozoan. Renamed Alwalkeria in 1994.


  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. ^ Powell, J.E. 1987. The Late Cretaceous Fauna of Los Alamitos, Patagonia, Argentina. Part VI - the Titanosaurids: Revista del Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales <<Bernardion Rivadavia>>, Instituto National de Investigacion de las Ciencias Naturales, Paleontologia, tomo III, n. 3, pp. 147- 153.
  4. ^ Sanz, J.L., A.D. Buscalioni, M.L. Casanovas, and J.V. Santafé. 1987. Dinosaurios del Creticico inferior de Galve (Teruel Espania). Estud. Geol. Vol. Extraord. Galve-Tremp.: pp.45-64.
  5. ^ Osmolska, H. 1987. Borogovia gracilicrus gen. et sp. n., a new troodontid dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of Mongolia. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 32 (1-2): pp. 133-150.
  6. ^ Bakker, Williams & Currie, 1987 (Weishampel et al. 1990 cite Bakker, R.T., M. Williams, and P. Currie. 1988. Nanotyrannus, a new genus of pygmy tyrannosaur, from the latest Cretaceous of Montana. Hunteria 1: pp. 1-30.) vide Currie, P.J. 1987. Theropods of the Judith River Formation of Dinosaur Frovincial Park, Alberta. in: Currie, P.J. E.H. Koster (eds.), 4th Symp. Mesozoic Terr. Ecosyst. Short Paper, Tyrrell Mus. Palaeontol., Drumheller, Alberta [Clevelanotyrannus citation in bibliography]: pp. 52-60.
  7. ^ Tumanova, T.A. 1987. The armored dinosaurs of Mongolia. Joint Soviet-Mongolian Paleontol. Expedition Trans. 32: pp. 1-80.
  8. ^ Arcucci, A. 1987. Un nuevo Lagosuchidae (Thecodontia-Pseudosuchia) de la fauna de Los Chanares (Edad Reptile Chanarense, Triasic Medio), La Rioja, Argentina. Ameghiniana 24 (1- 2): pp. 89-94.
  9. ^ Cobabe, E.A., and D.E. Fastovsky. 1987. Urgosaurus olsoni, a new ceratopsian (Reptilia: Ornithischia) from the Hell Creek Formation of Eastern Montana. Journal of Paleontology 61 (1): pp. 148-154.
  10. ^ Chatterjee, S. 1987. A new theropod dinosaur from India with remarks on the Gondwana- Laurasia connection in the Late Triassic. In: Gondwana Six: Stratigraphy Sedimentology and Paleontology (G.D. McKenzie, Ed.). Geophysical Monogr. No. 41: pp. 183-189.
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