noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary Date: 1926 1. the identification of fossils found within sedimentary rock strata as a method of determining the relative geologic age of the rock; also the branch of paleontology involving such identification 2. the arrangement of fossils in rock strata • biostratigraphic adjective

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  • biostratigraphy — bio·stratigraphy …   English syllables

  • biostratigraphy — bi•o•stra•tig•ra•phy [[t]ˌbaɪ oʊ strəˈtɪg rə fi[/t]] n. pal gel a branch of geology dealing with the differentiation of sedimentary rock • Etymology: 1945–50 bi o•strat i•graph′ic ˌstræt ɪˈgræf ɪk adj …   From formal English to slang

  • biostratigraphy —   n. determination of age, etc., of sedimentary strata from fossils which they contain …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • biostratigraphy — |bī(ˌ)ō+ noun Etymology: bi (II) + stratigraphy : the part of paleontology that is directly related to the conditions and order of deposition of the sedimentary rocks : stratigraphic paleontology …   Useful english dictionary

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  • 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

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