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The study of climatic conditions, and their causes and effects, in the geologic past, using evidence found in glacial deposits, fossils, and sediments.

pa′le·o·cli′ma·tol′o·gist n.
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(Geological Science) a variant spelling of palaeoclimatology
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(ˌpeɪ li oʊˌklaɪ məˈtɒl ə dʒi; esp. Brit. ˌpæl i-)

the study of paleoclimates.
pa`le•o•cli`ma•tol′o•gist, n.
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Noun1.paleoclimatology - the study of the climate of past ages
archaeology, archeology - the branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures
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The study could help solve a longstanding mystery in paleoclimatology. Geological records indicate that during the Eocene (around 50 million years ago), the Arctic was frost-free and home to crocodiles.
Tim Patterson, professor of Paleoclimatology. He studies sediment in marine and inland waters to build up a history of our climate.
Those who study pale-oceanography (the history of the ocean) and paleoclimatology (the history of the earth's climate) can read in ice core samples narratives of past volcanic eruptions, forest fires, rising seas, and flowers" (2016).
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Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing climates of the Quaternary.
These clues, combined with groundbreaking research in paleoclimatology, demonstrate how a changing climate altered the food options available to our ancestors, what Ungar calls the biospheric buffet.
Notable is his deft incorporation of paleoclimatology, which highlights the changeable nature of marine environments--an anodyne to the tendency to consider the ocean a static, ahistoric space.
Stratigraphy, biogeography and paleoclimatology of the Alpine Paleozoic and its implications for Plate Movements.
She says the "apex" of her career began in 2016, when she won a $478,000 Faculty Early Career Development award--also known as a CAREER award--from the National Science Foundation to support her research in paleoclimatology.