paleontology
noun Etymology: French paléontologie, from palé- pale- + Greek onta existing things (from neuter plural of ont-, ōn, present participle of einai to be) + French -logie -logy — more at is Date: 1837 a science dealing with the life of past geological periods as known from fossil remains • paleontological also paleontologic adjectivepaleontologist noun

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  • Paleontology — Pa le*on*tol o*gy, n. [Paleo + Gr. o nta existing things + logy. Cf. {Ontology}.] The science which treats of the ancient life of the earth, or of fossils which are the remains of such life. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paleontology — (n.) 1838 (Lyell), probably from Fr. paléontologie, from Gk. palaios old, ancient (see PALEO (Cf. paleo )) + on (gen. ontos) being + OLOGY (Cf. ology) study of …   Etymology dictionary

  • paleontology — [pā΄lē ən täl′ə jē, pā΄lē äntäl′ə jē] n. [Fr paléontologie: see PALE & ONTO & LOGY] 1. the branch of geology that deals with life forms from the past, esp. prehistoric life forms, through the study of fossils 2. a treatise on this subject… …   English World dictionary

  • Paleontology — Palaeontology redirects here. For the scientific journal, see Palaeontology (journal). Paleontology studies the entire history of life on Earth. Paleontology (pronounced /ˌpælɪɒnˈtɒlədʒi/; British: palaeontology; from Greek: παλαιός… …   Wikipedia

  • paleontology — paleontologic /pay lee on tl oj ik/ or, esp. Brit., /pal ee /, paleontological, adj. paleontologically, adv. paleontologist, n. /pay lee euhn tol euh jee/ or, esp. Brit., /pal ee /, n., pl. paleontologies for 2. 1. the science of the forms of… …   Universalium

  • paleontology — Natural Nat u*ral (?; 135), a. [OE. naturel, F. naturel, fr. L. naturalis, fr. natura. See {Nature}.] 1. Fixed or determined by nature; pertaining to the constitution of a thing; belonging to native character; according to nature; essential;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • paleontology — paleontologija statusas T sritis ekologija ir aplinkotyra apibrėžtis Mokslas, tiriantis praėjusių geologinių epochų augalus ir gyvūnus pagal suakmenėjusius jų likučius arba išlikusius atspaudus. Padeda nustatyti uolienų amžių ir tirti fizines… …   Ekologijos terminų aiškinamasis žodynas

  • paleontology — noun the earth science that studies fossil organisms and related remains • Syn: ↑palaeontology, ↑fossilology • Derivationally related forms: ↑palaeontological (for: ↑palaeontology), ↑palaeontologist ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • paleontology — noun Study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, especially as represented by …   Wiktionary

  • paleontology —    The study of life in past geologic time, based fossil plants and animals and including phylogeny, their relationships to existing plants, animals, and environments, and the chronology of the Earth’s history [1] …   Lexicon of Cave and Karst Terminology

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