mi·​cro·​pa·​le·​on·​tol·​o·​gy ˌmī-krō-ˌpā-lē-ˌän-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce micropaleontology (audio)
 especially British  -ˌpa-
: the study of microscopic fossils
micropaleontological adjective
or less commonly micropaleontologic
micropaleontologist noun

Examples of micropaleontology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meyer mounted the microtektites on micropaleontology slides, licking a paintbrush in order to pick up the tiny beads and placing them on small glue dots. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 23 July 2019

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First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of micropaleontology was in 1883

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“Micropaleontology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/micropaleontology. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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