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The branch of ecology that deals with the interaction between ancient organisms and their environment.

pa′le·o·e′co·log′ic (-ē′kə-lŏj′ĭk, -ĕk′ə-), pa′le·o·e′co·log′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
pa′le·o·e·col′o·gist n.
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(Palaeontology) a variant spelling of palaeoecology
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paleoecology, palaeoecology

the branch of ecology that studies the relationship of ancient plants and animals to their environments. — paleoecologic, palaeoecologic, paleoecological, palaeoecological, adj.
See also: Environment
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The study of the relationship between prehistoric plants, animals, and their surroundings.
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Noun1.paleoecology - the branch of ecology that studies ancient ecology
bionomics, environmental science, ecology - the branch of biology concerned with the relations between organisms and their environment
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The members -- including a sedimentologist, geologist, paleobotanist, paleoecologist and additional paleontologists including an expert on therizinosaurs -- determined that this particular area of Denali was a wet, marsh-like environment and that one fossil in particular looked like a water lily, which supported the theory that there were ponds and standing water nearby.
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Mikkel Winther Pedersen, a molecular paleoecologist at the University of Cambridge in England, and his colleagues last year decoded animal DNA from the soil of archaeological sites in Greenland, documenting bowhead whale hunting 4,000 years ago.
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But trying to shoehorn dinosaurs into one of two camps might be too simplistic, says John Grady, a paleoecologist at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
(However, British paleoecologist Ager is absent from Sepkoski's volume.) This became unavoidable when Walter Alvarez and colleagues published the outrageous proposal in 1980 that a large impact with an extraterrestrial body was responsible for the major loss of taxa at the end of the Cretaceous.
Lead author paleoecologist Jessica Blois of the University of California, Merced said that their team found that, at all time scales, climate change can alter biotic interactions in very complex ways.
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By analyzing data collected from tree-core studies, retired paleoecologist Fred Paillet of the University of Arkansas was able to pinpoint 1957 as the year the blight ravaged a research spot in northwest Arkansas.