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palaeontology

(ˌpælɪɒnˈtɒlədʒɪ)
n
1. (Palaeontology) the study of fossils to determine the structure and evolution of extinct animals and plants and the age and conditions of deposition of the rock strata in which they are found. See also palaeobotany, palaeozoology
2. (Palaeontology) another name for palaeozoology
[C19: from palaeo- + onto- + -logy]
palaeontological adj
ˌpalaeˌontoˈlogically adv
ˌpalaeonˈtologist n

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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.palaeontology - the earth science that studies fossil organisms and related remainspalaeontology - 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
Translations

palaeontology

[ˌpælɪɒnˈtɒlədʒɪ] Npaleontología f

palaeontology

paleontology [ˌpæliɒnˈtɒlədʒi] npaléontologie f

palaeontology

paleontology (Am) [ˌpælɪɒnˈtɒlədʒɪ] npaleontologia
References in classic literature ?
If you ever get back to the outer world you will find that the geologists and paleontologists will be the first to set you down a liar, for they know that no such creatures as they restore ever existed.
I had forgotten what little geology I had studied at school--about all that remained was an impression of horror that the illustrations of restored prehistoric monsters had made upon me, and a well-defined belief that any man with a pig's shank and a vivid imagination could "restore" most any sort of paleolithic monster he saw fit, and take rank as a first class paleontologist.
From later observation--I mention this as worthy the attention of paleontologists and naturalists--I came to the conclusion that such creatures as the cave-bear, the cave-lion and the saber-tooth tiger, as well as the larger carnivorous reptiles make, ordinarily, two kills a day--one in the morning and one after night.
Like a paleontologist, able to reconstruct an entire skeleton from one fossil bone, he was able to reconstruct a whole speech from the one word REVOLUTION.
Four years ago, paleontologists described a species of feathered dinosaur from China that they named Microraptor gui (SN: 1/25/03,p.
At the 5E Ranch, paleontologists recently identified a new species of dinosaur.
Introducing the reader to studies from twenty-three leading paleontologists and experts, Fossil Treasures Of The Anza~Borrego Desert educates and elaborates the many intricacies and interesting images of the intriguing desert terrain.
It was grunt work,'' said the 56-year-old scientist, recalling his days at the landfill - a potential treasure trove for paleontologists.
With these fossils, paleontologists have pieced together an ancient forest ecosystem called the Jehol (JEE-hole) Forest.
The paleontologists who unearthed the 130-million-year-old fossils in northeastern China announced in October that their find provides the first direct evidence that tyrannosaurs had protofeathers.
In just the last three years, paleontologists have made front-page news by recovering South American fossils of Gigantosaurus carolinii, an eight-ton predator even larger than the familiar Tyrannosaurus rex; extremely rare soft-tissue fossils of the organs of a baby dinosaur in China; and the fossilized remains of the smallest mammal yet found, a five-gram, tree-dwelling creature in Wyoming.
A group of paleontologists has found gold in the western Amazon.