palaeontology

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palaeontology

the study of fossil animals and plants. Compare NEONTOLOGY.
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Elkanah Billings, Canada's first government palaeontologist, studied these collections.
In any case, the observations here stand in stark contrast to some iower Palaeozoic sedimentological work in which marine fossils are lumped together at the class or even phylum level--the palaeontologist winces at this kind of generalization.
Pal Can is so wonderfully a feast of Canadian palaeontology and a tribute to Canadian palaeontologists.