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the branch of palaeontology concerned with the description of fossils


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  • Palaeontol.

    abbreviation 1. palaeontology

  • 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

  • Palaeopathology

    /ˌpælɪəʊpəˈθɒlədʒɪ/ noun 1. the study of diseases of ancient man and fossil animals

  • Palaeozoic

    /ˌpælɪəʊˈzəʊɪk/ adjective 1. of, denoting, or relating to an era of geological time that began 600 million years ago with the Cambrian period and lasted about 375 million years until the end of the Permian period noun 2. the Palaeozoic, the Palaeozoic era

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