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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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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.
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.
The other half lies in a museum at the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology.
Currie of Canada's Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta.
Britt from the Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta, who is studying the fossil.