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[pey-lee-uh n-tol-uh-jee or, esp. British, pal-ee-] /ˌpeɪ li ənˈtɒl ə dʒi or, esp. British, ˌpæl i-/

noun, plural paleontologies for 2.
the science of the forms of life existing in former geologic periods, as represented by their fossils.
a treatise on paleontology.

1833, probably from French paléontologie, from Greek palaios “old, ancient” (see paleo-) + ontologie (see ontology). Related: Paleontological.
The scientific study of life in the geologic past, especially through the study of animal and plant fossils.
paleontology [(pay-lee-uhn-tol-uh-jee)]

The study of ancient life forms, particularly as they are seen in fossils.


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