fossilism the study of fossils. —fossilist, n. ichnology 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 the branch of paleontology that studies fossil plants and animals. —paleobiologist, palaeobiologist, n. —paleobiologic, palaeobiologic, paleobiological, palaeobiological, adj. paleobotany the branch of paleology that studies fossil plants, especially their origin, structure, and growth. —paleobotanist, palaeobotanist, n. —paleobotanic, palaeobotanic, paleobotanical, palaeobotanical, adj. paleontology 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 the study of fossil animals. —paleozoologic, palaeozoologic, paleozoological, palaeozoological, adj. phytolithology Obsolete, the study of fossil plants. pyrochromatography a process for detecting traces of organic elements in fossils by using heat or fire. scatology the branch of paleontology that studies fossil excrement.
- plural form of fossil