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Meaning of paleontology

pa•le•on•tol•o•gy

Pronunciation: (pā"lē-un-tol'u-jē or, esp. Brit., pal"ē-), [key]
— pl. -gies
  1. the science of the forms of life existing in former geologic periods, as represented by their fossils.
  2. a treatise on paleontology.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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