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

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Other Words from paleoecology

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

Examples of paleoecology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her fields of study include evolution and paleoecology. Erica Goode, New York Times, "Climate Change Denialists Say Polar Bears Are Fine. Scientists Are Pushing Back.," 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, "Climate skeptics say polar bears are fine. Scientists beg to differ.," 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, "Lost Native American Ancestor Revealed in Ancient Child’s DNA," 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, "Neanderthal microbes reveal surprises about what they ate, and whom they kissed," 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, "In the Steps of Ancient Elephants," 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 1 Dec. 2020.

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