the study of the fossil magnetism in rocks, used to determine the past configurations of the continents and to investigate the past shape and magnitude of the earth’s magnetic field
[pey-lee-ol-uh-guh s; especially British pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ liˈɒl ə gəs; especially British ˌpæl i-/ noun 1. family name of Byzantine rulers 1259–1453.
/ˌpælɪɒnˈtɒɡrəfɪ/ noun 1. the branch of palaeontology concerned with the description of fossils
abbreviation 1. palaeontology
/ˌpælɪɒnˈtɒlədʒɪ/ noun 1. the study of fossils to determine the structure and evolution of extinct animals and plants and the age and conditions of deposition of the rock strata in which they are found See also palaeobotany, palaeozoology 2. another name for palaeozoology