[pey-lee-uh n-tol-uh-jee or, esp. British, pal-ee-]
- the science of the forms of life existing in former geologic periods, as represented by their fossils.
- a treatise on paleontology.
Origin of paleontology
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Examples from the Web for paleontology
And if the fossils go to a private collector, they are effectively lost to paleontology and the public for good.Stopping the Million-Dollar Fossil Thieves: Illegal Trade Meets World of Insatiable Research
June 11, 2014
He draws evidence from genetics, geography, paleontology, anatomy, and elsewhere.What Richard Dawkins Reads: Jerry Coyne, Helena Cronin and More
September 27, 2012
Is paleontology able to succeed where physical geology fails?
Standard writers on paleontology, as has been seen, assume that she can.
The second department of science claiming our attention is that of paleontology.
The whole work of American paleontology has, of course, been along these lines.
Features articles of interest to students of mineralogy, geology, and paleontology.Natural Gemstones
Word Origin and History for paleontology
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The scientific study of life in the geologic past, especially through the study of animal and plant fossils.
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The study of ancient life forms, particularly as they are seen in fossils.
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