[pey-lee-oh-an-thruh-pol-uh-jee or, esp. British, pal-ee-]


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for paleoanthropology

Contemporary Examples of paleoanthropology

  • And the clavicle alone, Berger says, would have electrified the world of paleoanthropology.

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    2 Million-Year-Old Woman

    Bob Simon

    April 16, 2010

paleoanthropology in Science



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