[ pey-lee-uhn-tol-uh-jee or, especially British, pal-ee- ]
/ ˌpeɪ li ənˈtɒl ə dʒi or, especially British, ˌpæl i- /
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noun, plural pa·le·on·tol·o·gies for 2.

the science of the forms of life existing in former geologic periods, as represented by their fossils.
a treatise on paleontology.



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Origin of paleontology

From the French word paléontologie, dating back to 1830–40; see origin at paleo-, ontology

OTHER WORDS FROM paleontology

pa·le·on·to·log·ic [pey-lee-on-tl-oj-ik or, especially British, pal-ee-], /ˌpeɪ liˌɒn tlˈɒdʒ ɪk or, especially British, ˌpæl i-/, pa·le·on·to·log·i·cal, adjectivepa·le·on·to·log·i·cal·ly, adverbpa·le·on·tol·o·gist, noun
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Scientific definitions for paleontology

[ pā′lē-ŏn-tŏlə-jē ]

The scientific study of life in the geologic past, especially through the study of animal and plant fossils.
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Cultural definitions for paleontology

[ (pay-lee-uhn-tol-uh-jee) ]

The study of ancient life forms, particularly as they are seen in fossils.

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