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palaeontology

the study of fossils to determine the structure and evolution of extinct animals and plants and the age and conditions of deposition of the rock strata in which they are found
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palaeontology

the study and dating of fossilized remains. The work of palaeontologists, sometimes working in close association with archaeologists and physical anthropologists, is of interest to sociologists for the light that it throws on human origins and on evolutionary processes in general. Evidence from palaeontology and from geology played a major role in the initial establishment of an evolutionary view of biological and human development during the 19th-century see also EVOLUTIONARY THEORY.
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I was the first Egyptian to have been trained abroad for a higher degree in vertebrate palaeontology in many decades.
Thus far, this work has resulted in a series of publications in journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, PLOS ONE, PeerJ, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, and Palaeontology.
Despite Egypt's wealth of palaeontological deposits, vertebrate palaeontology, the discipline was missing from all Egyptian universities until 2010.
In A Handbook of Standard Fossils from South China (Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, ed.
Renbin Zhan, State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008, China; rbzhan@nigpas.
The new exhibit, Foundations, offers visitors of all ages a dynamic, interactive experience that explores the science of palaeontology and Albertas leadership role in the study and preservation of some of the worlds oldest fossils.
Foundations will encourage visitors to learn about the basics of palaeontology, geology, evolution, fossilization and the history of life on Earth.
Research fields include palaeontology, archaeology (Indus civilisation, Islamic period), society and culture in the colonial and post-colonial era, and contemporary studies.
David Evans wasn't the only ROM palaeontologist out in the field this summer--David Rudkin, assistant curator of invertebrate palaeontology, joined colleagues in central Manitoba to study unusual Ordovician fossils, and Dr.
Quite amazingly, two-thirds of the species--32--are new, which might surprise the reader who could have assumed that the early 21st century would find trilobite palaeontology in its twilight years.
This fine monograph is not just a tour de force by the authors but also an honour to Canadian palaeontology itself: out of the 32 new species fully 23 are named for Canadian palaeontologists and geologists (including field assistants).
Britt from the Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta, who is studying the fossil.