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[pey-lee-uh n-tol-uh-jee or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li ənˈtɒl ə dʒi or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/
noun, plural paleontologies for 2.
the science of the forms of life existing in former geologic periods, as represented by their fossils.
a treatise on paleontology.
Origin of paleontology
1830-40; < French paléontologie. See pale(o)-, ontology
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[pey-lee-on-tl-oj-ik or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ liˌɒn tlˈɒdʒ ɪk or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/ (Show IPA),
paleontological, adjective
paleontologically, adverb
paleontologist, noun Unabridged
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Word Origin and History for paleontology

1833, probably from French paléontologie, from Greek palaios "old, ancient" (see paleo-) + ontologie (see ontology). Related: Paleontological.

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paleontology in Science
The scientific study of life in the geologic past, especially through the study of animal and plant fossils.
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paleontology in Culture
paleontology [(pay-lee-uhn-tol-uh-jee)]

The study of ancient life forms, particularly as they are seen in fossils.

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