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Definitions for paleontology
ˌpeɪ li ənˈtɒl ə dʒi; esp. Brit. ˌpæl i-pa·le·on·tol·o·gy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. paleontology, palaeontology, fossilologynoun

    the earth science that studies fossil organisms and related remains


  1. paleontologynoun

    Study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, especially as represented by fossils.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Paleontologynoun

    the science which treats of the ancient life of the earth, or of fossils which are the remains of such life

  2. Etymology: [Paleo- + Gr. 'o`nta existing things + -logy. Cf. Ontology.]


  1. Paleontology

    Paleontology or palaeontology is the scientific study of prehistoric life. It includes the study of fossils to determine organisms' evolution and interactions with each other and their environments. As a "historical science" it attempts to explain causes rather than conduct experiments to observe effects. Paleontological observations have been documented as far back as the 5th century BC. The science became established in the 18th century as a result of Georges Cuvier's work on comparative anatomy, and developed rapidly in the 19th century. The term itself originates from Greek παλαιός, palaios, i.e. "old, ancient", ὄν, on, i.e. "being, creature" and λόγος, logos, i.e. "speech, thought, study". Paleontology lies on the border between biology and geology, and shares with archaeology a border that is difficult to define. It now uses techniques drawn from a wide range of sciences, including biochemistry, mathematics and engineering. Use of all these techniques has enabled paleontologists to discover much of the evolutionary history of life, almost all the way back to when Earth became capable of supporting life, about 3,800 million years ago. As knowledge has increased, paleontology has developed specialized sub-divisions, some of which focus on different types of fossil organisms while others study ecology and environmental history, such as ancient climates.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Paleontology

    The study of early forms of life through fossil remains.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of paleontology in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of paleontology in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of paleontology in a Sentence

  1. Dean Lomax:

    It is an honor to name a new species, but to name it after somebody with such an important role in helping sculpt the science of paleontology is something I’m very proud of.

  2. Cristina Robins:

    We are really just beginning to understand the scientific significance of the finds, this collection adds significantly to our knowledge of the paleontology of California from the Miocene -- about 15-20 million years ago. The quantity and quality of the fossils is extremely impressive, and that comes down to both luck and the skill and care of the mitigation paleontologists and the construction workers who often found the fossils.

  3. John Kappelman:

    The way to test between these hypotheses is to collect more fossils, establishing when, exactly, the Eurasian fauna entered Afro-Arabia remains one of the most important questions in paleontology, and West Turkana is one of the only places we know of to find that answer.

  4. Paleontologist Xu Xing:

    It's given me the chance to tell young kids about paleontology in China.

  5. Erich Fitzgerald:

    Paleontology is one of the last branches of science where serendipity, where chance events, timing, coincidence plays a most vital role, on that particular day at that particular time, Phil Mullaly was the right man for the job on that beach on the southern coast of Australia.

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