pa·​leo·​ecol·​o·​gy | \ ˌpā-lē-ō-i-ˈkä-lə-jē How to pronounce paleoecology (audio) , -e-ˈkä- \

Definition of paleoecology

: a branch of ecology that is concerned with the characteristics of ancient environments and with their relationships to ancient plants and animals

Other Words from paleoecology

paleoecological \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​ˌē-​kə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce paleoecology (audio) , -​ˌe-​kə-​ \ or less commonly paleoecologic \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​ˌē-​kə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce paleoecology (audio) , -​ˌe-​kə-​ \ adjective
paleoecologist \ ˌpā-​lē-​ō-​i-​ˈkä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce paleoecology (audio) , -​e-​ˈkä-​ \ noun

Examples of paleoecology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His own work has focused on the paleoecology of the Southwest Wilderness World Heritage Area of Tasmania (Lutruwita), more than 6,000 square kilometers of some of Australia’s most biodiverse landscapes. Quanta Magazine, 29 Nov. 2021 Her fields of study include evolution and paleoecology. Erica Goode, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2018 An adjunct professor in anthropology at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Crockford's fields of study include evolution and paleoecology. Author: Erica Goode, Anchorage Daily News, 10 Apr. 2018 John Hoffecker, who studies the paleoecology of Beringia at the University of Colorado-Boulder, says there is still plenty of room for debate about the geographic locations of the ancestral splits. Ben Potter, National Geographic, 3 Jan. 2018 This is the philosophy of Keith Dobney, a professor of human paleoecology at the University of Liverpool and a co-author of a new study that draws some remarkable conclusions about the lives of Neanderthals by peering beneath their dental enamel. The Washington Post, Twin Cities, 8 Mar. 2017 At least three different elephants existed in the area at the time,but, based upon fossil abundance and the paleoecology of the elephants, the researchers suggest that the tracks were created by Stegotetrabelodon. Brian Switek, WIRED, 21 Feb. 2012

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First Known Use of paleoecology

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for paleoecology

paleo- + ecology

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The first known use of paleoecology was in 1898

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“Paleoecology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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