Definition of neontology in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌnēänˈtäləjē/


The branch of zoology dealing with living forms as distinct from fossils. Often contrasted with paleontology.
Example sentences
  • The relevance of neontology, including ecology, to paleontology could not be more starkly revealed in these and other questions concerning biodiversity dynamics.
  • Although the distinction between paleontology and neontology may be practical, it is not necessarily natural or productive.
  • However, paleontologists have not been completely blinded by neontology and recent paleontological analyses also indicate that gastropod evolution was considerably more complicated than previously thought.



Pronunciation: /-təˈläjikəl/
Example sentences
  • The tabulated fouling data for neontological occurrences includes only metazoan epibionts that appeared on the external surface of the cuticle.
  • Comparable studies of fishes and other aquatic vertebrates are scarce, despite a wealth of neontological data.
  • However, neontological evidence suggests that fissurelloids diverged from other vetigastropods relatively recently.


Late 19th century: from neo- 'new', on the pattern of paleontology.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ne·on·tol·o·gy

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.