List of years in paleontology       (table)
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1991 1992 1993 -1994- 1995 1996 1997
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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 1994.


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
Acracanthus[3] nomen nudum later named Acrocanthosaurus

Langston vide:

  • Czaplewski
  • Cifelli
  • Langston

Skeletal mount Mymoorapelta on display in a museum.

Afrovenator[4] Valid taxon
  • Dutheil
  • Sues
Alwalkeria[5] Valid taxon
  • Creisler
Alxasaurus[6] Valid taxon
Amphicoelicaudia nomen nudum later named Huabeisaurus
  • Cheng Z.
Caenagnathasia[7] Valid taxon
"Comanchesaurus" nomen nudum

Hunt vide:

Cryolophosaurus[8] Valid taxon
  • Hammer
  • Hickerson
Cryptoraptor nomen nudum, possibly non-dinosaurian

Hunt vide:

Koparion[9] Valid taxon
  • Chure
Lucianosaurus[10] Valid Non-Dinosaurian Taxon
  • Hunt
  • S. G. Lucas
Marasuchus[11] Valid Non-Dinosaurian Taxon
  • Arcucci
Monolophosaurus[12] Valid taxon
  • Zhao X.
Mymoorapelta[13] Valid taxon
Pekinosaurus[10] Valid Non-Dinosaurian Taxon
  • Hunt
  • S. G. Lucas
Pelecanimimus[14] Valid taxon
  • Perez-Moreno
  • Sanz
  • Buscalioni
  • Moratalla
  • Ortega
  • Rasskin-Gutman
Phuwiangosaurus[15] Valid taxon
  • V. Martin
  • Buffetaut
  • Suteethorn
"Revueltoraptor" nomen ex dissertatione later named Gojirasaurus

Hunt vide:

Sinornithoides[16] Valid taxon
Sinraptor[17] Valid taxon
  • Zhao X.
Tecovasaurus[10] Valid Non-Dinosaurian Taxon
  • Hunt
  • S. G. Lucas
Timimus[18] Valid taxon
Tonouchisaurus nomen nudum


  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. ^ Langston, W.R. 1947. A new genus and species of Cretaceous theropod dinosaur from the Trinity of Atoka County, Oklahoma. Unpublished M.S. thesis (73 pages), University of Oklahoma; vide Czaplewski, N.J., D.L. Cifelli, and W.R. Langston. 1994. Catalog of Type and Figured Fossil Vertebrates. Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Oklahoma Geological Survey Special Publication 94 (1): pp. 1-35.
  4. ^ Sereno, P.C., J.A. Wilson, H.C.E. Larsson, D.B. Dutheil, H.-D. Sues. 1994. Early Cretaceous dinosaurs from the Sahara. Science 266 (14 October [5183]): pp. 267-271.
  5. ^ Chatterjee, S. and B.S. Creisler. 1994. Alwalkeria (Theropoda) and Morturneria (Plesiosauria), new names for preoccupied Walkeria Chatterjee, 1987 and Turneria. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 14: 142.
  6. ^ Russell, D.A. and Z.-M. Dong. 1994. The affinities of a new theropod from the Alxa Desert, Inner Mongolia, People's Republic of China. Can. J. Earth Sci. 30:pp. 2107-2127.
  7. ^ Currie, P.J., S.J. Godfrey, and L. Nesov. 1993 [Olshevsky cites 1994]. New caenagnathid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) specimens from the Upper Cretaceous of North America and Asia. Can. J. Earth Sci. 30: pp. 2255-2272.
  8. ^ Hammer, W.R. and W.J. Hickerson. 1994. A Crested Theropod Dinosaur from Antarctica. Science. 264: pp. 828-830.
  9. ^ Chure, D.J. 1994. Koparion douglassi, a new dinosaur from the Morrison Formation (Upper Jurassic) of Dinosaur National Monument; The oldest troodontid (Theropoda: Maniraptora). Brigham Young University Geology Studies 40: pp. 11-15.
  10. ^ a b c Hunt, A.P. and S.G. Lucas. 1994. Ornithischian dinosaurs from the Upper Triassic of the United States. In: the Shadow of the Dinosaurs, Early Mesozoic Tetrapods (N.C. Fraser and H.-D. Sues, Eds.). Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, UK: pp. 227-241.
  11. ^ Sereno, P.C. and A.B. Arcucci. 1994. Dinosaur precursors from the Middle Triassic of Argentina: Marasuchus lilloensis gen. nov. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 14: pp. 53-73.
  12. ^ Zhao, X.J. and P.J. Currie, P.J. 1994 [not 1993]. A large crested theropod from the Jurassic of Xinjiang, China. Canadian. J. Earth Sci. 30: pp. 2027-2036.
  13. ^ Kirkland, J.I. and K. Carpenter. 1994. North America’s First Pre-Cretaceous Ankylosaur (Dinosauria) from the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation of Western Colorado. Brigham Young University Geology Studies 40: pp. 25-42.
  14. ^ Perez-Moreno, B., J.L. Sanz, A.D. Buscalloni, J.J. Moratalla, F. Ortega, and D. Rasskin-Gutman. 1994. A unique multitoothed ornithomimosaur dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of Spain. Nature 370: pp. 363-367.
  15. ^ Martin, V. E. Buffetaut, and V. Suteethorn. 1994. A new genus of sauropod dinosaur from the Sao Khua Formation (Late Jurassic or Early Cretaceous) of north-eastern Thailand. Comptes Rendus l'Acad. Sci. Paris (II) 319 : pp. 1085-1092.
  16. ^ Russell, D.A. and Z.-M Dong. 1993 [George Olshevsky cites 1994, not 1993]. A nearly complete skeleton of a new troodontid dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of the Ordos Basin, Inner Mongolia, People's Republic of China. Can. J. Earth Sci. 30: pp. 2163-2173.
  17. ^ Currie, P.J. and X.J. Zhao. 1994. A new carnosaur (Dinosauria, Theropoda) from the Jurassic of Xinjiang, People's Republic of China. Can. J. Earth Sci., 30: pp. 2037-2081.
  18. ^ Rich, T.H., and P. Vickers-Rich. 1994. Neoceratopsians and ornithomimosaurs: Dinosaurs of Gondwana origin. Res. Exploration 10: pp. 129-131.
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