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paleobiology

[ pey-lee-oh-bahy-ol-uh-jee or, esp. British, pal-ee- ]
/ ˌpeɪ li oʊ baɪˈɒl ə dʒi or, esp. British, ˌpæl i- /

noun

the branch of paleontology dealing with fossil life forms, especially with reference to their origin, structure, evolution, etc.

Nearby words

paleoanthropic, paleoanthropology, paleoarctic, paleobiochemistry, paleobiogeography, paleobiology, paleobotany, paleocene, paleocerebellum, paleoclimate, paleoclimatology

Origin of paleobiology

First recorded in 1890–95; paleo- + biology
Related formspa·le·o·bi·o·log·i·cal [pey-lee-oh-bahy-uh-loj-i-kuh l or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˌbaɪ əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/, pa·le·o·bi·o·log·ic, adjectivepa·le·o·bi·ol·o·gist, noun
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