paleoanthropology

[ pey-lee-oh-an-thruh-pol-uh-jee or, esp. British, pal-ee- ]
/ ˌpeɪ li oʊˌæn θrəˈpɒl ə dʒi or, esp. British, ˌpæl i- /
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noun

the study of the origins and predecessors of the present human species, using fossils and other remains.

Nearby words

  1. palenque,
  2. paleo-,
  3. paleo-asiatic,
  4. paleo-indian,
  5. paleoanthropic,
  6. paleoarctic,
  7. paleobiochemistry,
  8. paleobiogeography,
  9. paleobiology,
  10. paleobotany

Origin of paleoanthropology

First recorded in 1915–20; paleo- + anthropology

Related formspa·le·o·an·thro·pol·o·gist, nounpa·le·o·an·thro·po·log·i·cal [pey-lee-oh-an-thruh-puh-loj-i-kuh l or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˌæn θrə pəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/, adjective

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Science definitions for paleoanthropology

paleoanthropology

[ pā′lē-ō-ăn′thrə-pŏlə-jē ]

The scientific study of extinct members of the genus Homo sapiens by means of their fossil remains.
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