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palaeontology

/ˌpælɪɒnˈtɒlədʒɪ/
noun
1.
the study of fossils to determine the structure and evolution of extinct animals and plants and the age and conditions of deposition of the rock strata in which they are found See also palaeobotany, palaeozoology
2.
another name for palaeozoology
Derived Forms
palaeontological (ˌpælɪˌɒntəˈlɒdʒɪkəl) adjective
palaeontologically, adverb
palaeontologist, noun
Word Origin
C19: from palaeo- + onto- + -logy
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Examples for palaeontology
  • The following schema is from the third edition of vertebrate palaeontology.

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