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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

Wiktionary

  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

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

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  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

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  1. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    1. It is egoism that leads to the latent destruction of mental, elastic genes. The adaptive transformation functions of conformism lead them to complete vulnerability. Selfishness as the basis for the development of marketing of human weakness. 2. The rate of currencies of human weakness is growing, on the stock exchange it is self-interest, people are becoming weaker mentally and spiritually. 3. Paleontology of conservatism and theology of morality. All this is a thing of the past, since the world inevitably goes into the shell of a black hole of selfishness. 4. In the midst of blindness from hypocrisy. The intuition of conscience is a ballistic echolocation of the navigator of feelings and emotions. It is often confused with the self-deception of selfishness. 5. The mind is like a lowrider, not all wheels of thinking move normally with the effect of spinning wheels karmic, deja vu rumination of thought, moving in one direction then in another. Thinking is like a machine, bouncing forward. With neon illuminated holiness. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

  2. Adam Marsh:

    We're just now scraping the surface about nuts-and-bolts paleontology.

  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. Andrew Farke:

    One of the Holy Grails of dinosaur paleontology is trying to distinguish male and female dinosaurs, i think this is one of those cases that's quite suggestive. I wouldn't say it's necessarily airtight, but it's fairly suggestive of something going with these animals.

  5. Gary Arndt:

    Many archeology and paleontology sites are often disappointing, because the things that made them famous have been dug out of the ground and are now in museums. it is by far the most ambitious World Heritage site I've visited.

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