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biostratigraphy

[bahy-oh-struh-tig-ruh-fee] /ˌbaɪ oʊ strəˈtɪg rə fi/
noun
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a branch of geology dealing with the differentiation of sedimentary rock units on the basis of the fossils they contain.
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biostratigraphic
[bahy-oh-strat-i-graf-ik] /ˌbaɪ oʊˌstræt ɪˈgræf ɪk/ (Show IPA),
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Examples from the web for biostratigraphy
  • Much of his work focused on linking mammalian fossils to specific geologic formations, a field known as biostratigraphy.
  • biostratigraphy is the science of correlation of sedimentary units base on the identifiable fossils they contain.
  • The use of fossils in relative time dating is called biostratigraphy.
  • The apparent contradiction of pollen biostratigraphy and radiocarbon dating merits further examination.
biostratigraphy in Science
biostratigraphy
  (bī'ō-strə-tĭg'rə-fē)   
The study and categorization of rock strata based on their fossil content and distribution. Biostratigraphic data are often considered together with radiometric and paleoenvironmental data as a means of dating rock strata. Compare lithostratigraphy.
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