pa·​leo·​bi·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌpā-lē-ō-bī-ˈä-lə-jē \

Definition of paleobiology

: a branch of paleontology concerned with the biology of fossil organisms

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Other Words from paleobiology

paleobiological \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​bī-​ə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl \ or less commonly paleobiologic \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​bī-​ə-​ˈlä-​jik \ adjective
paleobiologist \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​bī-​ˈä-​lə-​jist \ noun

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But modern paleobiology succeeded where Bronn and others failed, for two reasons. David Sepkoski, The Atlantic, "19th-Century Paleontology Was at the Forefront of Big Data," 14 Feb. 2018 In many scientific fields, from genetics to economics to paleobiology, a kind of implicit trust is placed in the images and the algorithms that produce them. David Sepkoski, The Atlantic, "19th-Century Paleontology Was at the Forefront of Big Data," 14 Feb. 2018 The analytical, data-driven paleobiology pioneered by my father has now become a cottage industry. David Sepkoski, The Atlantic, "19th-Century Paleontology Was at the Forefront of Big Data," 14 Feb. 2018 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, "This could be why our eyebrows evolved," 9 Apr. 2018 Jack Sauce, Lakewood, Ohio Of the 41 million fossil items in the museum’s paleobiology collection, every one was examined as it was sorted into one of 10,000 cases. Anna Diamond, Smithsonian, "Why Do So Many Train Stations Have the Same Name?," 27 Oct. 2017 Siver didn't hear about the kimberlite core until 2005, when Alex Wolfe, a paleobiology professor at the University of Alberta, approached him at a conference in Florida. Matt Ormseth,, "Conn College Professor Wins New Grant To Study Mystery Of Canada’s Prehistoric Tropical Climate," 3 Aug. 2017 A novel form of postcranial skeletal pneumaticity in a sauropod dinosaur: implications for the paleobiology of Rebbachisauridae. Brian Switek, Scientific American Blog Network, "Secret Air Sacs Made This Dinosaur Extra Light," 15 May 2017 FEEDING TRACES AND PALEOBIOLOGY OF A CRETACEOUS (CENOMANIAN) Brian Switek, WIRED, "The Nutcracker Croc of Cretaceous Texas," 2 Mar. 2012

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1893, in the meaning defined above

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