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The study of extinct and prehistoric hominins and their primate relatives, chiefly by examining fossils and artifacts.

pa′le·o·an′thro·po·log′ic (-pə-lŏj′ĭk), pa′le·o·an′thro·po·log′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
pa′le·o·an′thro·pol′o·gist n.
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(ˌpeɪ li oʊˌæn θrəˈpɒl ə dʒi; esp. Brit. ˌpæl i-)

the study of the origins and predecessors of the present human species.
pa`le•o•an`thro•pol′o•gist, n.
pa`le•o•an`thro•po•log′i•cal (-pəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl) adj.
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The scientific study of primitive human beings.
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Noun1.paleoanthropology - the scientific study of human fossilspaleoanthropology - the scientific study of human fossils
vertebrate paleontology - the paleontology of vertebrates
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"The discoveries of Ambopteryx and Yi completely change our view about the origin of avian flight," said paleontologist Min Wang of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
With funding from the Australian National University, where he obtained his doctorate in archeology and paleoanthropology, Mijares and a team of Filipino, Australian and French archeologists began sifting through the limestone, in what would turn out to be the defining moment of his career.
Given the breadth of the subject matter that extends beyond the author's expertise in the medical sciences, the book would have benefitted from more input from colleagues with expertise in theology and paleoanthropology. Unfortunately, there are a number of distracting errors that reduce the potential impact of the book.
Atterholt, Hutchison and O'Connor, who is at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in Beijing, China, published an analysis of the fossil today in the open-access journal PeerJ.
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"Generally, we think of the modern flight apparatus of living birds as having evolved through the gradual accumulation of refinements to their feathers, muscles, and bones over millions of years," says Min Wang at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Science in Beijing, whose team describes the fossil this week in the journal PNAS.
For individuals interested in careers in forensic anthropology with educations focusing on HSB in disciplines such as bioarchaeology, forensic anthropology, and paleoanthropology, the completion of a graduate degree has become a requirement for gainful employment.
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The ancient dinosaurs, now named Bannykus wulatensis and Xiyunykus pengi, were discovered from fossils unearthed during two separate expeditions led by researchers from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing.
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"They often answer age-old questions and sometimes provide astonishing unanticipated insights," said Svante Paabo, the director of the Max Planck Institute of Paleoanthropology in Leipzig, Germany.
Rutherford, a British geneticist, maps the field's relationship to history, archaeology, medicine, paleoanthropology, and more, to understand human evolution.