the study of the origins and predecessors of the present human species, using fossils and other remains.
- pa·le·o·an·thro·pol·o·gist, noun
- pa·le·o·an·thro·po·log·i·cal [pey-lee-oh-an-thruh-puh-loj-i-kuhl or, especially British, pal-ee-], /ˌpeɪ li oʊˌæn θrə pəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl or, especially British, ˌpæl i-/, adjective
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How to use paleoanthropology in a sentence
It would take more than two decades of new fossil finds and advances in geologic dating for Dart to be vindicated — and for Africa to become the epicenter of paleoanthropology.Fossils and ancient DNA paint a vibrant picture of human origins | Erin Wayman | September 15, 2021 | Science News
Welcoming a more diverse group of researchers into paleoanthropology, Athreya says, will reveal blind spots and biases as scientists add to and amend the tale.Fossils and ancient DNA paint a vibrant picture of human origins | Erin Wayman | September 15, 2021 | Science News
The first 20 years of this century have been the most exciting decades of paleoanthropology since the emergence of the field, in large part due to the rise of paleogenetics.The Human Family Tree, It Turns Out, Is Complicated - Issue 102: Hidden Truths | Razib Khan | June 30, 2021 | Nautilus
Over the last 20 years, genomics, ancient DNA, and paleoanthropology have joined forces to completely overhaul our understanding of the origin of our species.The Human Family Tree, It Turns Out, Is Complicated - Issue 102: Hidden Truths | Razib Khan | June 30, 2021 | Nautilus
So some of the vocabulary of human paleoanthropology I was familiar with before I got to college because of that series.100 Years After the Tulsa Race Massacre, Meet the Forensic Anthropologist Searching for Victims' Remains | Olivia B. Waxman | May 27, 2021 | Time
Scientific definitions for paleoanthropology
The scientific study of extinct members of the genus Homo sapiens by means of their fossil remains.
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