2007 in paleontology

List of years 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.[1] 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 2007.

Plants

  • A fossilized rainforest is discovered in a coal mine.

Angiosperms

Name Novelty Status Authors Age Unit Location Notes Images

Trochodendron drachukii[2]

sp nov

Valid

Pigg, Dillhoff, DeVore, & Wehr

Ypresian

unnamed formation, Kamloops Group

 Canada

An extinct Trochodendron species

Orontium wolfei[3]

sp nov

Valid

Bogner, Johnson, Kvacek, & Upchurch

Early to early Middle Eocene

Allenby Formation & Klondike Mountain Formation

 Canada
 USA

An extinct Orontium species

Orontium mackii[3]

sp nov

Valid

Bogner, Johnson, Kvacek, & Upchurch

Late Cretaceous (Maastrictian?)

McRae Formation

 USA

An extinct Orontium species

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