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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.
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paleontology

(ˌpælɪɒnˈtɒlədʒɪ)
n
(Palaeontology) a variant spelling of palaeontology
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
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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Translations

paleontology

[ˌpæliɒnˈtɒlədʒi]
see palaeontologypale-skinned [ˌpeɪlˈskɪnd] adjà la peau claire
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paleontology

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Trevor Worthy, a palaentologist born in New Zealand, based his study on fossilised remains on NZ's south island that suggest the kiwi did not come from a larger ancestor but from a winged creature that originated in Australia but migrated to New Zealand.
Palaentologist Dr Lawrence Witmer said: 'If we have tissues that are not fossilised, then we can potentially extract DNA.'
During the day workshops for youngsters and interactive exhibits will be on show and there will also be a talk by a palaentologist.