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Related to paleoecology: paleobiogeography


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.


(Palaeontology) a variant spelling of palaeoecology

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


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 composite of information regarding paleoecology suggests a normal marine, inshore habitat that was biologically rich.
Part 1: taxonomy, geochemistry and paleoecology // Geobios.
Although Colinvaux's research now is concentrated in the Neotropics, he maintains sites in Alaska and Russia for continued study of the paleoecology of the Arctic.
It includes a brief history of the subject, then discusses the ecology of species (populations), communities, and ecosystems, as well as paleoecology.
The paleoecology of fauna and microscopic sedimentary structures are used to deduce the depositional environments.
Objective: PALECOEVOL is a highly multidisciplinary study combining population genomics with paleoecology, and is firmly embedded in the theoretical framework of evolutionary ecology.
The authors have organized the main body of their text in seven chapters devoted to an introduction and history of the upper Cretaceous collections to be found in private and public holding in the state of South Carolina, the geological and historical setting, collections sites, systematic paleontology, trace fossils, taphonomy and paleoecology, and the authorsAE conclusions.
As such, these references provide a detailed record of paleoclimate as well as paleoecology (Pitty, 1971; Marker, 1974; Pentecost, 1981; Pedley, 1990; Mischke and Zhang, 2008).
Nuria published extensively on a broad range of topics and regions, from the palynology of the Cretaceous, Cenozoic and Quaternary of Colombia and Argentina, to the Triassic-Quaternary geology, biostratigraphy and paleoecology of multiple European regions, mostly Spain.