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paleontology Syllabification: pa·le·on·tol·o·gy
Pronunciation: /ˌpālēənˈtäləjē/

Definition of paleontology in English:


The branch of science concerned with fossil animals and plants.
Example sentences
  • Its biennial meetings in Strasbourg are major events in the geological calendar and the programmes include papers on most aspects of the Earth sciences, including palaeontology.
  • In an attempt to resolve this conundrum, we have carried out multidisciplinary research involving field studies, radiometric dating, geochemistry, palaeontology and palaeomagnetism.
  • Not only is phylogeny important for understanding paleontology, but paleontology in turn contributes to phylogeny.


Pronunciation: /ˈˌpālēˌäntəˈˌläjəkəl/
Example sentences
  • Second, there are many stratigraphical and palaeontological similarities in the Palaeogene successions of the Hampshire and London basins.
  • The questions are geological, paleontological, and mineralogical - and not easy.
  • The specimens are kept in one main hall, which can be reached by going through an area of large geological, mineralogical, and paleontological items.
Pronunciation: /ˌpālēˌänˈtäləjəst/
Example sentences
  • Many of the spectacular advances in the geological realm in recent years have inspired palaeontologists and their kin to compose but not to publish formally some quite respectable lines.
  • Many paleontologists study Pleistocene fossils in order to understand the climates of the past.
  • In one refuge cave, a palaeontologist is excavating a Pleistocene tapir skeleton.


Mid 19th century: from paleo- 'of prehistoric times' + Greek onta 'beings' (neuter plural of ōn, present participle of einai 'be') + -logy.

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