List of years in paleontology       (table)
 1979 .  1980 .  1981 .  1982  . 1983  . 1984  . 1985 
1986 1987 1988 -1989- 1990 1991 1992
 1993 .  1994 .  1995 .  1996  . 1997  . 1998  . 1999 

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 1989.


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
Abrosaurus[3] Valid taxon
  • Ouyang
Deinonychus skeleton FMNH

"Daptosaurus" was found to be synonymous with Deinonychus.

Centrosaurus dinosaur

"Eucentrosaurus" was found to be synonymous with Centrosaurus.

Asiaceratops[4] Valid taxon
  • Cherepanov
Atlascopcosaurus[5] Valid taxon
Bihariosaurus[6] Valid taxon
  • Marinescu
"Daptosaurus"[7] Junior synonym of Deinonychus

Brown vide:

  • Chure
  • McIntosh
"Eucentrosaurus"[8] Junior synonym of Centrosaurus
  • Chure
  • McIntosh
"Gravisaurus"[9] Junior synonym of Lurdusaurus

Chabli vide:

Leaellynasaura[5] Valid taxon
"Peltosaurus"[8] Valid non-dinosaurian taxon

Brown vide:

  • Chure
  • McIntosh
Revueltosaurus[10] Valid non-dinosaurian taxon
  • Hunt
"Tenantosaurus"[8] Misspelling of Tenontosaurus

Brown vide:

  • Chure
  • McIntosh
Turanoceratops Valid taxon
  • Cherepanov


  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. ^ Ouyang, H. 1989. A new sauropod from Dashanopu, Zigong, Co., Sichuan Province (Abrosaurus dongpoensis gen. et sp. nov.). Zigong Dinosaur Museum Newsletter 2: pp. 10-14.
  4. ^ Nesov, L.A. 1989. Ceratopsian dinosaurs and crocodiles of the middle Mesozoic of Asia. In: Theoretical and Applied Aspects of Modern Paleontology (T.N. Bogdanova and L.I. Kozhatsky, eds.)
  5. ^ a b Rich, T.H.V. and P. Rich. 1989. Polar dinosaurs and biotas of the Early Cretaceous of southeastern Australia. Natl. Geogr. Res. 5: pp. 15-53.
  6. ^ Marinescu, F. 1989. Lentila de bauxcifti 204 de la Brusturi Cornet (Jud. Bior.), zefimint fosilifer cu dinozauri. Ocrot. Nat. Mediul. Inconjur. 33: 125- 133.
  7. ^ Brown vide Chure, D.J. and J.S. McIntosh. 1989. A Bibliography of the Dinosauria (Exclusive of the Aves) 1677-1986. Paleontology Series No. 1. Museum of Western Colorado.
  8. ^ a b c Chure, D.J. and J.S. McIntosh. 1989. A Bibliography of the Dinosauria (Exclusive of the Aves) 1677-1986. Paleontology Series No. 1 Museum of Western Colorado.
  9. ^ Chabli vide Norman, D.B. 1998. On Asian ornithopods (Dinosauria: Ornithischia). 3. A new species of iguanodontid dinosaur. In: A study of fossil vertebrates (D.B. Norman, A.R. Milner, and A.C. Milner, eds.). Zoological Journal of Linnean Society 122: pp. 291-348.
  10. ^ Hunt, A.P. 1989. A new ornithischian dinosaur from the Bull Canyon Formation (Upper Triassic) of East Central New Mexico. In: The dawn of the age of dinosaurs in the American Southwest (S.G. Lucas and A.P. Hunt, eds.). New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Albuquerque: pp. 355-358.
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