biostratigraphy

[bahy-oh-struh-tig-ruh-fee]

noun

a branch of geology dealing with the differentiation of sedimentary rock units on the basis of the fossils they contain.

Origin of biostratigraphy

Related formsbi·o·strat·i·graph·ic [bahy-oh-strat-i-graf-ik] /ˌbaɪ oʊˌstræt ɪˈgræf ɪk/, adjective
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Science definitions for biostratigraphy

biostratigraphy

[bī′ō-strə-tĭgrə-fē]

The study and categorization of rock strata based on their fossil content and distribution. Biostratigraphic data are often considered together with radiometric and paleoenvironmental data as a means of dating rock strata. Compare lithostratigraphy.
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