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paleontology

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noun pa·le·on·tol·o·gy \ˌpā-lē-ˌän-ˈtä-lə-jē, -ən-, especially British ˌpa-\

Simple Definition of paleontology

  • : the science that deals with the fossils of animals and plants that lived very long ago especially in the time of dinosaurs

Full Definition of paleontology

  1. :  a science dealing with the life of past geological periods as known from fossil remains

pa·le·on·to·log·i·cal play \-ˌän-tə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ also pa·le·on·to·log·ic play \-jik\ adjective
pa·le·on·tol·o·gist play \-ˌän-ˈtä-lə-jist, -ən-\ noun

Origin of paleontology

French paléontologie, from palé- pale- + Greek onta existing things (from neuter plural of ont-, ōn, present participle of einai to be) + French -logie -logy — more at is


First Known Use: 1837



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