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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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  • #InMyShoes: How a girl's quest for dinosaur shoes is leaving a big footprint on Twitter
    Eight-year old paleontology enthusiast Sophia Trow wants the shoe manufacturer Clarks to know that their lineup of girls shoes needs more dinosaurs, prompting a campaign by female scientists. Read more on this news related to 'Paleontology'
  • Prize Awarded to Best Explanations for Origin of Ancient Ring-like Structures Seen on Seabed
    UC Riverside scientists, who solicited the public's help four weeks ago in solving an ancient riddle in paleontology, have announced the winners of the contest. Read more on this news related to 'Paleontology'
  • Science Museum of Minnesota paleontology project to explore Hill Annex Mine for fossils
    We’ve always known those red rock hills in our backyards have held valuable resources as well as storied history. But long before the miners tapped into those hills, evidence has shown that the area was home to much different activity. Read more on this news related to 'Paleontology'

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