pa·​leo·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy ˌpā-lē-ō-bī-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce paleobiology (audio)
: a branch of paleontology concerned with the biology of fossil organisms
paleobiological adjective
or less commonly paleobiologic
paleobiologist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Erickson, the paleobiology professor, told the BBC that the public’s fascination will continue. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 29 July 2022 Researchers analyzed 26,409 paleobiology papers from 1990 to 2020 and found that scientists in high- or upper-middle-income countries contributed to 97 percent of fossil research. Scientific American, 21 Mar. 2022 Dietl’s Historical Oyster Body Size Project is just one of several projects in the burgeoning field of conservation paleobiology, where fossil data informs modern conservation efforts. Jack Tamisiea, Wired, 1 Jan. 2022 To understand growth, variation, pathology and many other aspects of paleobiology, researchers need a larger sample size. Riley Black, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 May 2021 Frabel used an equation that Kenshu Shimada, professor of paleobiology at DePaul Univeristy, just recently published that shows shark tooth size is correlated to body length. Amanda Jackson, CNN, 8 Oct. 2019 Markus Bastir, a researcher with the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales' department of paleobiology in Madrid, wrote an article to pair with the study, outlining possible concerns with the research as well as highlighting some of its strengths. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 9 Apr. 2018 The analytical, data-driven paleobiology pioneered by my father has now become a cottage industry. David Sepkoski, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2018 But modern paleobiology succeeded where Bronn and others failed, for two reasons. David Sepkoski, The Atlantic, 14 Feb. 2018 See More

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Word History


paleo- + biology

First Known Use

1893, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of paleobiology was in 1893

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Cite this Entry

“Paleobiology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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