Definitions for paleontologyˌpeɪ li ənˈtɒl ə dʒi; esp. Brit. ˌpæl i-
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
pa•le•on•tol•o•gyˌpeɪ li ənˈtɒl ə dʒi; esp. Brit. ˌpæl i-(n.)
the science of the forms of life existing in former geologic periods, as represented by their fossils.
Origin of paleontology:
paleontology, palaeontology, fossilology(noun)
the earth science that studies fossil organisms and related remains
Study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, especially as represented by fossils.
the science which treats of the ancient life of the earth, or of fossils which are the remains of such life
U.S. National Library of Medicine
The study of early forms of life through fossil remains.
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