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paleontology

(pā′lē-ŏn-tŏl′ə-jē)
n.
The study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants, animals, and other organisms.

pa′le·on′to·log′ic (-ŏn′tə-lŏj′ĭk), pa′le·on′to·log′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
pa′le·on·tol′o·gist n.
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paleontology

(pā″lē-on″tol′ŏ-jē) [Gr. palaios, old + Gr. onta, existing things + -logy]
The branch of biology dealing with ancient plant and animal life of the earth.
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From the paleontologic point of view this part of borehole is considered to be a "real" Jizera formation.
The meager pollen content of the lower samples does not allow their use for biostratigraphic or paleontologic interpretations.
Dynamics of habitation of the Urals by hoofed animals has been traced via paleontologic material.
This occurrence also examplifies the potential of current highway and other construction to expose previously unknown geologic and paleontologic features in Missouri and elsewhere.
outstanding and diverse ecosystems and parts of ecosystems associated therewith; (4) protection and maintenance of fish and wildlife habitat; (5) protection of archeological and paleontologic sites and interpretation of these sites for the public benefit and knowledge insofar as it is compatible with protection; (6) preservation and restoration of historic sites associated with and typifying the economic and social history of the region and the American West; and (7) such management, utilization, and disposal of natural resources on federally owned lands, including, but not limited to, timber harvesting by selective cutting, mining, and grazing and the continuation of such existing uses and developments as are compatible with the provisions of this Act.
With the advent of miniature sandblasters, which the paleontologic community uses for fossil preparation, subtle differences in hardness between the clay and calcified copper can be taken advantage of to achieve excellent separation.
One of the more unexpected findings from high-latitude drilling resulted from high-resolution geochemical and paleontologic investigations of cores recovered from atop Maud Rise, and later Kerguelen Plateau, which revealed that the long-term climatic transitions were much more complicated than previously recognized.
The author, by mixing geologic and paleontologic fact with fantasy, creates a unique vision of how dinosaurs would look and act today if they had not become extinct.
And the official state fossil of landlocked Nevada-- the 60-foot reptile found in Ichthyosaur Paleontologic State Monument, near Gabbs--inhabited a long-dried sea.
We also studied ammonoids from private and museum collections (Museu Paleontologic Juan Cano Forner in Sant Mateu; Rafael Marti: RM, Andres Cumba: AC and Domingo Tolos: DT in La Jana, Valencia; Museu Geologic del Seminari Conciliar de Barcelona: MGSB, Barcelona).
The paleontologic record provides a geologic analogue of the relationship between overpopulation, societal specialization, environmental change, and extinction, as convincingly argued by Bill Fyfe and the late Digby MacLaren.
The samples were examined in the context of the Eagle Glen paleontologic resource impact mitigation program conducted by Paleo Environmental Associates, Inc., and L & L Environmental, Inc., during grading associated with development of the Corona Country Club Estates in the city of Corona, California (Lander 2002).