[pey-lee-uh n-tol-uh-jee or, esp. British, pal-ee-]
- the science of the forms of life existing in former geologic periods, as represented by their fossils.
- a treatise on paleontology.
Origin of paleontology
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Examples from the Web for paleontologist
The new Research Institute set features an all-female cast: a paleontologist, astronomer, and chemist.Why It Took LEGO So Long to Get the Memo: Girls Like Science, Too
August 6, 2014
As a paleontologist, he obviously understands the public fascination with dinosaurs and their remains.Stopping the Million-Dollar Fossil Thieves: Illegal Trade Meets World of Insatiable Research
June 11, 2014
His partner in this adventure is Dr. Violet Hurst, a sexy, tart-tongued, paleontologist.This Week’s Hot Reads: Feb. 15, 2012
Lizzie Crocker, Malcolm Jones
February 18, 2012
The father, Jonathan, a paleontologist at the University of Chicago, experiences seizures at the sight of a cloud.The Squid and the Whale of a Book
June 14, 2009
He then proceeds to theorize, hand in hand with the paleontologist, or student of ancient life.Unexplored!
It is a desert to the agriculturist, a mine to the paleontologist, and a paradise to the artist.Canyons of the Colorado
J. W. Powell
The paleontologist now reached up to a geometrical plane and brought down another small fossil.
The paleontologist removed the confounded monocle from his eye, and wiped the lens with a bit of chamois skin.
My good friend the paleontologist is in greater danger than he realizes, when he leaves descriptions and attempts explanation.A Critique of the Theory of Evolution
Thomas Hunt Morgan
Word Origin and History for paleontologist
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The scientific study of life in the geologic past, especially through the study of animal and plant fossils.
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The study of ancient life forms, particularly as they are seen in fossils.
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