the study of fossils to determine the structure and evolution of extinct animals and plants and the age and conditions of deposition of the rock strata in which they are foundSee also palaeobotany, palaeozoology
another name for palaeozoology

Derived Formspalaeontological (ˌpælɪˌɒntəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivepalaeontologically, adverbpalaeontologist, noun

Word Origin for palaeontology

C19: from palaeo- + onto- + -logy
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