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paleontologist

[ pey-lee-uhn-tol-uh-jist or, especially British, pal-ee- ]
/ ˌpeɪ li ənˈtɒl ə dʒɪst or, especially British, ˌpæl i- /
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a scientist who specializes in the study of life forms that existed in previous geologic periods, as represented by their fossils:The education program manager for the museum has worked as a paleontologist, digging up dinosaur bones in Wyoming.

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