Definition of palaeontology noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(especially British English) (usually North American English paleo-) noun
BrE BrE//ˌpæliɒnˈtɒlədʒi//
, BrE//ˌpeɪliɒnˈtɒlədʒi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌpeɪliɑːnˈtɑːlədʒi//
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the study of fossils (= the remains of animals or plants in rocks) as a guide to the history of life on earth Word Originmid 19th cent.: from palaeo- + Greek onta ‘beings’ (neuter plural of ōn, present participle of einai ‘be’) + -logy.