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

Other Words from paleoanthropology

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

Examples of paleoanthropology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Just one meaningful face-to-face meeting can make your whole trip, but just imagine taking a helicopter flight to the Turkana Basin to look at fossils during an exclusive one-on-one meeting with the first family of paleoanthropology, the Leakeys. Allison Olmsted, Forbes, 7 June 2022 The research team hopes this spacecraft will do for planetary science what that skeleton did for paleoanthropology, by giving us a look at the formation and evolution of our solar system. Sarah Scoles, Wired, 17 Aug. 2021 The story of human evolution is changing all the time in what is a particularly exciting period for paleoanthropology, Stringer said. Katie Hunt, CNN, 25 June 2021 However, the problem with archeology and paleoanthropology is that the act of excavating a fossil or an artefact is inherently destructive. Jesse Martin, Scientific American, 25 Apr. 2021 The success of this technique has big implications for the future of paleoanthropology. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, 14 Nov. 2019 Those were my early and important days in my development as one of the leaders in paleoanthropology. Grant Segall, cleveland, 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, 10 July 2019 And in paleoanthropology sites, these variations can convey information about the local ecology and environment through time. Paige Madison, National Geographic, 12 Mar. 2019 See More

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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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