Definition of neontology in English:


Line breaks: neont|ology
Pronunciation: /ˌniːɒnˈtɒlədʒi


[mass noun]
  • The branch of zoology dealing with living forms as distinct from fossils. Often contrasted with palaeontology.
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    • 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.



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  • 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 palaeontology.

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