pa·​leo·​an·​thro·​pol·​o·​gy | \ ˌpā-lē-ō-ˌan(t)-thrə-ˈpä-lə-jē How to pronounce paleoanthropology (audio) , especially British ˌpa-\

Definition of paleoanthropology

: a branch of anthropology dealing with fossil hominids

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paleoanthropological \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​ˌan(t)-​thrə-​pə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce paleoanthropological (audio) , especially British  ˌpa-​ \ adjective
paleoanthropologist \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​ˌan(t)-​thrə-​ˈpä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce paleoanthropologist (audio) , especially British  ˌpa-​ \ noun

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For most of its history, paleoanthropology has been a science built out of superlatives. Lydia Pyne, Ars Technica, "Rising Star found a new species—now it wants to find a new way for paleoanthropology," 20 Dec. 2018 With no artist statement forthcoming from our Stone Age ancestors, the show takes on a strange admixture of science and guesswork, paleoanthropology and wishful thinking. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Was Australopithecus an Artist?," 1 Feb. 2018 Now that the researchers have published their study of Engare Sero’s enigmatic geology, Pobiner and Harcourt-Smith are hopeful that the paleoanthropology analysis isn’t far behind. Robert Clark, National Geographic, "Treasure Trove of Ancient Human Footprints Found Near Volcano," 10 Oct. 2016 The Power of Protein The study of ancient proteins, paleoproteomics is an emerging interdisciplinary field that draws from chemistry and molecular biology as much as paleontology, paleoanthropology and archaeology. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Proteomics: Moving Beyond DNA to Study the Past," 15 Aug. 2017 For 40 years Piltdown Man existed as a legitimate fossil, which had a huge influence in the direction of paleoanthropology. National Geographic, "Meet 7 Celebrity Fossils and Find Out What Made Them Famous," 25 Sep. 2016 An evolution of ideas sheds new light The Jebel Irhoud fossils themselves are an example of how paleoanthropology has evolved over the decades. Eva Botkin-kowacki, The Christian Science Monitor, "Just how Earth-shattering are those 300,000-year-old Homo sapiens fossils?," 8 June 2017 This neither proves the the hypothesis or conclusively disproves it—but that’s the challenge of working with scant evidence in paleoanthropology. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "A New Addition to the Human Family Tree is Surprisingly Young," 9 May 2017 The discovery spoke to the big question confronting British paleoanthropology. National Geographic, "Meet 7 Celebrity Fossils and Find Out What Made Them Famous," 25 Sep. 2016

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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