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pa·le·on·tol·o·gy

 (pā′lē-ŏn-tŏl′ə-jē)
n.
The study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants, animals, and other organisms.

pa′le·on′to·log′ic (-ŏn′tə-lŏj′ĭk), pa′le·on′to·log′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
pa′le·on·tol′o·gist n.

paleontology

(ˌpælɪɒnˈtɒlədʒɪ)
n
(Palaeontology) a variant spelling of palaeontology

pa•le•on•tol•o•gy

(ˌpeɪ li ənˈtɒl ə dʒi; esp. Brit. ˌpæl i-)

n.
the science of the forms of life existing in former geologic periods, as represented by their fossils.
[1830–40]
pa`le•on`to•log′ic (-ˌɒn tlˈɒdʒ ɪk) pa`le•on`to•log′i•cal, adj.
pa`le•on•tol′o•gist, n.

pa·le·on·tol·o·gy

(pā′lē-ŏn-tŏl′ə-jē)
The scientific study of life in the geologic past, especially through the study of animal and plant fossils.

paleontology, palaeontology

1. the science of the forms of life existing in prior geologie periods from their fossilized remains.
2. an article on paleontology. — paleontologist. palaeontologist, n.paleontologie, palaeontologic, paleontological, palaeontological, adj.
See also: Fossils

paleontology

1. The study of ancient organisms through their fossilized remains.
2. The study of plants and animals that existed in prehistoric times, based on fossil remains.
3. The study of fossilized prehistoric plants and animals.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paleontology - the earth science that studies fossil organisms and related remainspaleontology - the earth science that studies fossil organisms and related remains
frill - (paleontology) a bony plate that curves upward behind the skull of many ceratopsian dinosaurs
palaeobiology, paleobiology - a branch of paleontology that deals with the origin and growth and structure of fossil animals and plants as living organisms
earth science - any of the sciences that deal with the earth or its parts
micropaleontology - the paleontology of microfossils
vertebrate paleontology - the paleontology of vertebrates
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