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paleontology
SYNONYMS OR RELATED TERMS: palaeontology
CATEGORY: related field
DEFINITION: The study of the forms of life existing in former geologic periods, as represented by their fossils. It is the science of life of the geologic past that involves examination of the remains, origin, and evolution of plant and animal fossils. Fossils may provide palaeoenvironmental information. Human paleontology is the study of the origins of man himself.

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