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paleoanthropology

[pey-lee-oh-an-thruh-pol-uh-jee or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˌæn θrəˈpɒl ə dʒi or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/
noun
1.
the study of the origins and predecessors of the present human species, using fossils and other remains.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; paleo- + anthropology
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paleoanthropologist, noun
paleoanthropological
[pey-lee-oh-an-thruh-puh-loj-i-kuh l or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˌæn θrə pəˈlɒdʒ ɪ kəl or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • paleoanthropologist studies newly discovered fossils.
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paleoanthropology
  (pā'lē-ō-ān'thrə-pŏl'ə-jē)   
The scientific study of extinct members of the genus Homo sapiens by means of their fossil remains.
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