[pey-lee-oh-an-thruh-pol-uh-jee or, esp. British, pal-ee-]
the study of the origins and predecessors of the present human species, using fossils and other remains.

1915–20; paleo- + anthropology

paleoanthropologist, noun
paleoanthropological [pey-lee-oh-an-thruh-puh-loj-i-kuhl or, esp. British, pal-ee-] , adjective Unabridged
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paleoanthropology   (pā'lē-ō-ān'thrə-pŏl'ə-jē)  Pronunciation Key 
The scientific study of extinct members of the genus Homo sapiens by means of their fossil remains.
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Paleoanthropologist studies newly discovered fossils.
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