171. Fossils

See also 18. ANTIQUITY ; 147. EVOLUTION

the study of fossils. — fossilist, n.
the branch of paleontology that studies fossil footprints. Also called ichnolithology. ichnological, adj.
paleichthyology, palaeichthyology, paleoichthyology, palaeoichthyology
the study of fossil fish. — paleichthyologist, palaeichthyologist, paleoichthyologist, palaeoichthyologist, n. paleichthyological, palaeichthyological, paleoichthyological, palaeoichthyological, adj.
paleobiology, palaeobiology
the branch of paleontology that studies fossil plants and animals. — paleobiologist, palaeobiologist, n. paleobiologic, palaeobiologic, paleobiological, palaeobiological, adj.
paleobotany, palaeobotany
the branch of paleology that studies fossil plants, especially their origin, structure, and growth. — paleobotanist, palaeobotanist, n. paleobotanic, palaeobotanic, paleobotanical, palaeobotanical, adj.
paleontology, palaeontology
1 . the science of the forms of life existing in prior geologie periods from their fossilized remains.
2 . an article on paleontology. — paleontologist. palaeontologist, n. paleontologie, palaeontologic, paleontological, palaeontological, adj.
paleornithology, palaeornithology
the study of fossil birds. — paleornithologic, palaeornithologic, paleornithological, palaeornithological, adj.
paleozoology, palaeozoology
the study of fossil animals. — paleozoologic, palaeozoologic, paleozoological, palaeozoological, adj.
Obsolete, the study of fossil plants.
a process for detecting traces of organic elements in fossils by using heat or fire.
the branch of paleontology that studies fossil excrement.

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