pa·​leo·​an·​thro·​pol·​o·​gy ˌpā-lē-ō-ˌan(t)-thrə-ˈpä-lə-jē How to pronounce paleoanthropology (audio)
 especially British  ˌpa-
: a branch of anthropology dealing with fossil hominids
ˌpā-lē-ō-ˌan(t)-thrə-pə-ˈlä-ji-kəl How to pronounce paleoanthropology (audio)
 especially British  ˌpa-
ˌpā-lē-ō-ˌan(t)-thrə-ˈpä-lə-jist How to pronounce paleoanthropology (audio)
 especially British  ˌpa-

Examples of paleoanthropology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But experts from such diverse fields as paleoanthropology and nutrition are questioning these ideas. Katharina Menne, Scientific American, 25 Oct. 2023 The second camp within paleoanthropology, led by East Asian researchers but gaining traction, holds that multiple, regional populations of H. sapiens evolved separately from earlier archaic hominins spread across both Africa and Eurasia. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 15 July 2019 However, Ashleigh Wiseman, a paleoanthropology research associate at the University of Cambridge, created 3D models of the leg and pelvis muscles of the 3.2 million-year-old Australopithecus afarensis. Sara Kiley Watson, Popular Science, 14 June 2023 This is a wonderful time to be following paleoanthropology: Significant new evidence is coming to light at an accelerated clip, and methods to analyze it are growing ever more refined. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 15 Mar. 2018 The skeleton was discovered in a region that’s become an exciting locale for paleoanthropology: Leang Tebo, a large limestone cave with human hand stencils on the walls, located in a remote, mountainous landscape accessible only by boat at certain times of the year. Katie Hunt, CNN, 7 Sep. 2022 Katerina Harvati, a professor of paleoanthropology at the University of Tuebingen, Germany, who was not involved in the study, said the findings upend the idea that most of the European continent was the exclusive domain of Neanderthals until 45,000 years ago. Arkansas Online, 12 Feb. 2022 And in any case, the beauty of the human focus of modern evolutionary genomics is that there are whole disciplines such as paleoanthropology which can serve as partners in interdisciplinary projects. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 26 Mar. 2010 Haile-Selassie, a rock star in the world of paleoanthropology, has found other significant fossils in the region, including the first pieces of Australopithecus deyiremeda, announced in 2015 and up to 3.5 million years old. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, 28 Aug. 2019

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Word History


paleo- + anthropology, probably after French paléoanthropologie

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paleoanthropology was in 1908

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“Paleoanthropology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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