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noun [U]  /ˌpeɪ·li·ənˈtɑl·ə·dʒi, ˌpæl·i-/ us  
earth science the scientific study of organisms that lived on earth before there were written records, esp. by examining fossils
noun [C]  /ˌpeɪ·li·ənˈtɑl·ə·dʒɪst, ˌpæl·i-/ earth science us  
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