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Paleontology Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

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  • the earth science that studies fossil organisms and related remains

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  • the earth science that studies fossil organisms and related remains

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Paleontology Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

Palaeontology or Paleontology is the study of fossils of living things, and their phylogeny (evolutionary relationships). It depends on basic sciences such as zoology, botany and historical geology. The term palaeobiology implies that the study will investigate the palaeoecology of the groups in question.

In palaeozoology, the evolution of those phyla with fossil records are studied: see List of animal phyla. In palaeobotany, fossil plants are studied. In historical geology the formation, sequence and dating of rock strata give information about past environments.

A fossil is any kind of life that is more than ten thousand years old and preserved in any form that we can study today. The fossil record is always incomplete, and later discoveries may extend the known survival of a group. See Lazarus taxon.

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  • High School Students Find 200 Million Year Old Phytosaur Skull During Paleontology Dig with Mesalands Community College
    Our time in the field has finally paid off," Dr. Axel Hungerbuehler, Mesalands faculty member and curator of the College's Dinosaur Museum and Natural Sciences Laboratory. For the past two years, Mesalands has offered a STEM bridge course geared towards high school juniors and seniors. Coordinated with Cottonwood Gulch Foundation, students learn how to pr Read more on this news related to 'Paleontology'
  • New Species Of Extinct Dolphin Sheds Light On River Dolphin History
    Cody Mooneyhan, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology The unusual river dolphins , some of them known for their poor eyesight and side-swimming behavior are all descendants of ocean-dwelling species. Until now, however, there has been no consensus about their relationships, and few specimens to help illuminate them. In the new issue of the Journal of Vertebrate Paleo Read more on this news related to 'Paleontology'
  • Fossil Of 'Jaggermeryx' Found Namesake In Another Stone
    Scientists have named an extinct pig-like creature with big lips after Mick Jagger. Their findings will be published in the September issue of the Journal of Paleontology . Read more on this news related to 'Paleontology'

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