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Topic: EARTH SCIENCES

Date: 1800-1900
Origin: paleo- + Greek onta 'living things' + English -ology

paleontology

noun
     
pal‧e‧on‧tol‧o‧gy , palaeontology [uncountable]
HE the study of fossils (=ancient bones, plants etc that have been preserved in rock)
paleontologist noun [countable]
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