Meaning of “paleontology” in the English Dictionary

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paleontologynoun [ U ]

US specialized also mainly UK palaeontology uk /ˌpæl.i.ənˈtɒl.ə.dʒi/ us /ˌpæl.i.ənˈtɑː.lə.dʒi/

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

noun [ C ] US also mainly UK palaeontologist us uk /-dʒɪst/

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

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paleontologynoun [ U ]

us /ˌpeɪ·li·ənˈtɑl·ə·dʒi, ˌpæl·i-/

earth science the scientific study of organisms that lived on earth before there were written records, esp. by examining fossils

noun [ C ] us /ˌpeɪ·li·ənˈtɑl·ə·dʒɪst, ˌpæl·i-/ earth science

(Definition of “paleontology” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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