paleoecology

noun pa·leo·ecol·o·gy \ ˌpā-lē-ō-i-ˈkä-lə-jē , -e-ˈkä- \
Updated on: 13 Apr 2018

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

paleoecological

play \ˌpā-lē-ō-ˌē-kə-ˈlä-ji-kəl, -ˌe-kə-\ or less commonly paleoecologic play \ˌpā-lē-ō-ˌē-kə-ˈlä-jik, -ˌe-kə-\ adjective

paleoecologist

play \ˌpā-lē-ō-i-ˈkä-lə-jist, -e-ˈkä-\ noun

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1898


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