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The study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants, animals, and other organisms.

pa′le·on′to·log′ic (-ŏn′tə-lŏj′ĭk), pa′le·on′to·log′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
pa′le·on·tol′o·gist n.
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(Palaeontology) a variant spelling of paleontological
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Wesson explicates the gamut of geologic and paleontologic phenomena (including the great Conception earthquake of February 1835) that Darwin encountered, which convinced him that Earth's crust had experienced a long but punctuated history of localized vertical motions.
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Curator of Fossil Mammals and dean of AMNH's Graduate School, John Flynn has pursued fieldwork in South America and Madagascar for several decades, and has helped revise the paleontologic, geologic, and tectonic history of these continents.
Vaughn conducted paleontologic studies and his conclusions were that the marl that existed below the Ostrea georgiana bed should exist in the lower portion of the Eocene's Claiborne group (Vaughn 1901).
(1969): Application of information theory to paleontologic problems: Taxonomic diversity.
In 1972 Carl Sagan and George Mullen realized that because of this "faint young Sun," the early Earth should have been completely frozen over--but geologic and paleontologic evidence shows it wasn't.
However, evidence contradicting this hypothesis based on genetic, paleontologic and morphological data was almost immediately produced (Dowling et al., 1992a, b; Nowak, 1992).
paleontologic, mineralogic, geochemical, and geophysical investigations
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