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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 palaeontological
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Adj.1.paleontological - of or relating to paleontology
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As I slowly recalled my collegiate studies and paleontological readings in Bowen's textbooks, I realized that I had looked upon nothing less than a diplodocus of the Upper Jurassic; but how infinitely different was the true, live thing from the crude restorations of Hatcher and Holland!
The find, consisting of part of a cranial bone and some teeth, was presented in Tokyo at a meeting of the Paleontological Society of Japan.
The challenge is to identify present and future paleontological resources worthy of protection, provide effective, flexible legislation withou t introducing undue bureaucracy, and maintain a balance between the interests of science, education, eco-tourism, etc.
Korschinek says his team hopes to pinpoint the event's timing, to see if it corresponds to any minor global extinction of life in the recent paleontological record.
The unique exhibit has already been transported to the museum in the Blansko region of Morava.The idea of constructing a complete skeleton of an individual rose during the project Digital Museum, when paleontological discoveries of a lion from the Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology in Liptovskyacute Mikulaacutescaron were scanned.
The significance of this anticlinorium is many paleontological findingsand economic commodities.
The subjects are generally allegorical, with natural themes; the artist often tropes from peacable kingdom paintings and the work of paleontological artists like Charles R.
The authors hope that this study will help others digitally recreate paleontological, geological, or archaeological specimens that have been lost or deteriorated over time, but for which old photographic documentation exists.
City leaders had earlier had anticipated paleontological finds might possibly be unearthed in the area because it is close to the Tar Pits where remains of ancient bears, wolves and sabre-tooth tigers were earlier discovered.
Discussions of both geological and paleontological record are present; many grayscale illustrations including recreations of past life-forms and biomes, plenty of maps and data and an extensive index and glossary round out this resource--a wonderful introduction to geology and paleontology placed in local context and detail.
Rusty red stains on the head of a fossilized segmented creature found in China are a paleontological record breaker: They are the remains of the oldest arthropod brain ever found.