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[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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interdisciplinary branch of anthropology concerned with the origins and development of early humans. Fossils are assessed by the techniques of physical anthropology, comparative anatomy, and the theory of evolution. Artifacts, such as bone and stone tools, are identified and their significance for the physical and mental development of early humans interpreted by the techniques of archaeology and ethnology. Dating of fossils by geologic strata, chemical tests, or radioactive-decay rates requires knowledge of the physical sciences

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