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[pey-lee-oh-an-thruh-pol-uh-jee or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˌæn θrəˈpɒl ə dʒi or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/

the study of the origins and predecessors of the present human species, using fossils and other remains.
The scientific study of extinct members of the genus Homo sapiens by means of their fossil remains.


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  • Paleoarctic

    [pey-lee-oh-ahrk-tik; especially British pal-ee‐] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˈɑrk tɪk; especially British ˌpæl i‐/ adjective 1. .

  • Paleo-Asiatic

    [pey-lee-oh-ey-zhee-at-ik, -shee-, -zee-; especially British pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˌeɪ ʒiˈæt ɪk, -ʃi-, -zi-; especially British ˌpæl i-/ noun 1. a member of any of various Mongoloid peoples of northeastern Asia. 2. (def 1).

  • Paleobiochemistry

    [pey-lee-oh-bahy-oh-kem-uh-stree or, esp. British, pal-ee-oh-] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˌbaɪ oʊˈkɛm ə stri or, esp. British, ˈpæl i oʊ-/ noun 1. the study of biochemical processes that occurred in fossil life forms. 2. the study of the evolution of biochemical processes.

  • Paleobiogeography

    [pey-lee-oh-bahy-oh-jee-og-ruh-fee or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li oʊˌbaɪ oʊ dʒiˈɒg rə fi or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/ noun 1. the study of the distribution of ancient plants and animals and their relation to ancient geographic features.

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