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

Examples of paleoanthropology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The success of this technique has big implications for the future of paleoanthropology. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Scientists Now Know Where the Largest Primate to Ever Exist Sits in Primate Family Tree," 14 Nov. 2019 Those were my early and important days in my development as one of the leaders in paleoanthropology. Grant Segall, cleveland, "Donald Johanson, famous finder of Lucy’s fossils, returns to Cleveland Museum of Natural History," 24 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, Greece, like much of southeastern Europe, hasn’t exactly been a hotspot for paleoanthropology—despite its geographic importance. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Humans may have reached Europe by 210,000 years ago," 10 July 2019 And in paleoanthropology sites, these variations can convey information about the local ecology and environment through time. Paige Madison, National Geographic, "'Hobbit' human story gets a twist, thanks to thousands of rat bones," 12 Mar. 2019 Exactly when in our origin story that transition from arboreal to terrestrial living occurred has long been a contentious issue in paleoanthropology. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: Finding Human Ancestors in New Places," 15 Jan. 2019 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

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First Known Use of paleoanthropology

1908, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paleoanthropology

paleo- + anthropology, probably after French paléoanthropologie

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The first known use of paleoanthropology was in 1908

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“Paleoanthropology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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