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

Examples of paleobiology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While studying for a master of sciences in organismic evolutionary ecology and paleobiology, Marcello Perillo began examining the bone structure of the mysterious samples. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 11 Apr. 2024 Conservation paleobiology is new enough that its insights are only starting to percolate through to the government agencies that make conservation decisions on the ground. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Aug. 2023 Conservation paleobiology has limits In theory, paleobiologists could apply their techniques to explore ecosystems millions, or tens of millions, of years in the past. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Aug. 2023 Dillon is one of the rising stars in the burgeoning new field of conservation paleobiology, which uses the fossil record to inform and assist present-day conservation efforts. Bob Holmes, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Aug. 2023 But modern paleobiology succeeded where Bronn and others failed, for two reasons. David Sepkoski, Discover Magazine, 16 Feb. 2018 The Tyrannosaurus rex’s terrifying toothy grin from the films may not have been an accurate representation, according to new research by an international team that includes Thomas Cullen, an associate professor of paleobiology at Auburn University. Dennis Pillion |, al, 4 Apr. 2023 The jawbone fossil was thought have been unearthed in the 1980s and found its way to the State Geological Museum in Tashkent, Uzbekistan but its significance wasn't recognized until 2019, said Darla Zelenitsky, an associate professor of dinosaur paleobiology at the University of Calgary in Canada. Katie Hunt, CNN, 10 Sep. 2021 Leonard-Pingel points to the work of a new generation of scientists, working in the new field of conservation paleobiology that uses the tools developed by geologists and paleontologists to address environmental change and add context for today’s extinctions. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 3 Dec. 2020

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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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“Paleobiology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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