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mi·cro·pa·le·on·tol·o·gy

 (mī′krō-pā′lē-ŏn-tŏl′ə-jē, -ən-)
n.
The branch of paleontology that deals with microfossils.

mi′cro·pa′le·on′to·log′ic (-ŏn′tl-ŏj′ĭk), mi′cro·pa′le·on′to·log′i·cal adj.
mi′cro·pa′le·on·tol′o·gist n.
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Noun1.micropaleontology - the paleontology of microfossilsmicropaleontology - the paleontology of microfossils  
fossilology, palaeontology, paleontology - the earth science that studies fossil organisms and related remains
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Micropaleontologist Megan Fung, one of Schaller's Rensselaer colleagues, discovered charcoal pieces in the mix.
Dr Phil Sexton, a micropaleontologist, of the Cardiff School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, said the Tanzania site showed there was an extreme increase in planetary temperature and changes to the carbon cycle in general.