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


the branch of paleontology dealing with fossil animals.

Nearby words

  1. paleosol,
  2. paleostriatum,
  3. paleothalamus,
  4. paleotropical,
  5. paleozoic,
  6. palermo,
  7. palestine,
  8. palestine liberation organization,
  9. palestinian,
  10. palestinian administered territories

Origin of paleozoology

First recorded in 1855–60; paleo- + zoology

Related formspa·le·o·zo·o·log·i·cal [pey-lee-oh-zoh-uh-loj-i-kuh l or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˌzoʊ əˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/, pa·le·o·zo·o·log·ic, adjectivepa·le·o·zo·ol·o·gist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Science definitions for paleozoology


[ pā′lē-ō-zō-ŏlə-jē ]

The scientific study of animal fossils and the evolution of animals.
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