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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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39) Kanerva's concrete models required maintenance and frequent repainting, and new palaeontological research eventually rendered them inaccurate.
Jurassic ammonite morphotypes as water-depth indicator of Tethys-Himalaya sea // Acta of Palaeontological Sinica.
2004, Using guano as a tool in unravelling Cambrian palaeoecology (abstract): Palaeontological Association Annual Meeting 2004, Palaeontological Association Newsletter, v.
An insect molecular clock dates the origin of the insects and accords with palaeontological and biogeographic landmarks.
This stressed that the evolutionary pattern from the palaeontological record showed long periods of stasis followed by abrupt change, for example in the Permian, bringing mass extinctions, leading the way to dramatic evolutionary change, then an extended settling-down period where life once again stabilised its local environment.
The Darwinius masillae fossil - known as Ida - has created a frenzy in the palaeontological community, amid claims it could be the "missing link" between humans and more distant ancestors.
Children can also become dinosaur hunters in Thinktank's palaeontological Dino Dig.
It is therefore possible to know the length of day in the past from palaeontological studies of annual and daily growth rings in corals, bivalves, and stromatolite.
Paradoxically, at the same time, major palaeontological and palaeoanthropological discoveries and important theoretical insights were being made in the country.
Professor Michael Bassett has been elected president of The Palaeontological Association - one of the two major societies in the world for the study of palaeontology.
Starting from the first palaeontological description of Obolus apollinis (Eichwald 1829), the systematic position of lingulates from the above-mentioned formations has been a topic of discussion for about two centuries.