palaeontology

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palaeontology

the study of fossil animals and plants. Compare NEONTOLOGY.
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Pal Can is so wonderfully a feast of Canadian palaeontology and a tribute to Canadian palaeontologists.
This fauna occurs with brachiopods and other elements, which have been described by a number of distinguished palaeontologists: the Ordovician and Silurian of Anticosti Island is famous for its fossils and quality of preservation--a good thing that it is a protected area as otherwise naturally weathered slabs would soon vanish.
This fine monograph is not just a tour de force by the authors but also an honour to Canadian palaeontology itself: out of the 32 new species fully 23 are named for Canadian palaeontologists and geologists (including field assistants).