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English definition of “palaeontology”

palaeontology

noun [U] (US also paleontology)     /ˌpæl.i.ɒnˈtɒl.ə.dʒi/ US  /ˌpeɪ.li.ɑːnˈtɑː.lə-/
the study of fossils as a way of getting information about the history of life on Earth and the structure of rocks Palaeontology and fossils palaeontologist (US also paleontologist)     /-dʒɪst/ noun [C]
(Definition of palaeontology noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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