paleontology


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pa·le·on·tol·o·gy

 (pā′lē-ŏn-tŏl′ə-jē)
n.
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.

paleontology

(ˌpælɪɒnˈtɒlədʒɪ)
n
(Palaeontology) a variant spelling of palaeontology

pa•le•on•tol•o•gy

(ˌpeɪ li ənˈtɒl ə dʒi; esp. Brit. ˌpæl i-)

n.
the science of the forms of life existing in former geologic periods, as represented by their fossils.
[1830–40]
pa`le•on`to•log′ic (-ˌɒn tlˈɒdʒ ɪk) pa`le•on`to•log′i•cal, adj.
pa`le•on•tol′o•gist, n.

pa·le·on·tol·o·gy

(pā′lē-ŏn-tŏl′ə-jē)
The scientific study of life in the geologic past, especially through the study of animal and plant fossils.

paleontology, palaeontology

1. the science of the forms of life existing in prior geologie periods from their fossilized remains.
2. an article on paleontology. — paleontologist. palaeontologist, n.paleontologie, palaeontologic, paleontological, palaeontological, adj.
See also: Fossils

paleontology

1. The study of ancient organisms through their fossilized remains.
2. The study of plants and animals that existed in prehistoric times, based on fossil remains.
3. The study of fossilized prehistoric plants and animals.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.paleontology - the earth science that studies fossil organisms and related remainspaleontology - the earth science that studies fossil organisms and related remains
frill - (paleontology) a bony plate that curves upward behind the skull of many ceratopsian dinosaurs
palaeobiology, paleobiology - a branch of paleontology that deals with the origin and growth and structure of fossil animals and plants as living organisms
earth science - any of the sciences that deal with the earth or its parts
micropaleontology - the paleontology of microfossils
vertebrate paleontology - the paleontology of vertebrates
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It seemed odd to be eating a creature that should, by all the laws of paleontology, have been extinct for several million years.
He was a pretty good scholar despite his love of fun, and his particular hobby was paleontology.
The fossils are from the "Ice Age," formally known as the Pleistocene Epoch, and are from 50,000 to 200,000 years old, according to Tom Demere, curator of paleontology at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
participating in a summer paleontology field class with Mesalands Community College found a crocodile-like phytosaur skull, which is approximately 220 million years old.
Parallels between geological processes and geomorphology in general, and paleontology and ecology are explicated.
Alf Museum of Paleontology at The Webb Schools, shows that the prehistoric plant-eater sprouted its strange headgear before it celebrated its first birthday.
MY BELOVED BRONTOSAURUS: ON THE ROAD WITH OLD BONES, NEW SCIENCE, AND OUR FAVORITE DINOSAURS combines science and paleontology with a healthy combination of humor and wonder to offer the latest discoveries in paleontology.
The study is part of the Baynunah Paleontology Project, which has made previous fossil discoveries in Al Gharbia and which explores sediments of the Baynunah Formation for fossil vertebrates.
He moved to California and worked in paleontology for Union Oil Co.
Paleontology students Garrett LeMons, 17, Matthew Roper, 20, and Stephen Smith, 21, were selected to present their research at the first annual Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative in Bethesda, Md.
Dr Jeremy Wilson, a former pupil of King James's Grammar School has been appointed as Professor of Geology and Paleontology at the Trinidad campus of the University of the West Indies.
Houston (Texas, US), June 3 (Xinhua-ANI): Dinosaurs and other mysterious prehistoric beasts came to life Saturday as the Houston Museum of Natural Science opened its new world-class paleontology hall to the public in the fourth largest U.