Meaning of “palaeontology” in the English Dictionary

"palaeontology" in British English

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palaeontologynoun [ U ]

mainly UK specialized US usually paleontology uk /ˌpæl.i.ɒnˈtɒl.ə.dʒi/ us /ˌpeɪ.li.ɑːnˈtɑː.lə.dʒi/

the study of fossils as a way of getting information about the history of life on earth and the structure of rocks

palaeontologist
noun [ C ] mainly UK US usually paleontologist uk /ˌpæl.i.ɒnˈtɒl.ə.dʒɪst/ us /ˌpeɪ.li.ɑːnˈtɑː.lə.dʒɪst/

(Definition of “palaeontology” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)