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Paleontology, sometimes spelled palaeontology, is the scientific study of life that existed prior to, and sometimes including, the start of the Holocene Epoch. It includes the study of fossils to determine organisms' evolution and interactions with each other and their environments. Paleontological observations have been documented as far back as the 5th century BC. The science became established in the 18th century as a result of Georges Cuvier's work on comparative anatomy, and developed rapidly in the 19th century. The term itself originates from Greek παλαιός, palaios, "old, ancient", ὄν, on, "being, creature" and λόγος, logos, "speech, thought, study".

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Organizations relating to Paleontology

Paleopathology Association / Bradford, UK / Est. 1973
International Association of Angiosperm Paleontology
International Society of Environmental Micropaleontology, Microbiology and Meiobenthology / Chennai, India / Est. 2001
European Consortium for Ocean Drilling / Est. 1986
International Fossil Algae Association / Knoxville TN, USA / Est. 1974
International Working Group on Palaeozoic Microvertebrates
International Mammoth Committee
European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists / Karlsruhe, Germany / Est. 2003
European Federation of Palaeontological and Mineralogical Societies
Institut méditerranéen d'écologie et paléoécologie / Marseille, France
Musée des langues du monde / Est. 1998
International Association of Radiolarian Palaeontologists / Niigata, Japan
Association of Australasian Palaeontologists / Sydney, Australia
European Palaeontological Association / Est. 1991
International Minerals and Fossils Exchange
Institut international du paléozoique
International Ocean Drilling Program / Est. 1985
International Commission on Palaeozoic Microflora / Leimen, Germany / Est. 1958
European Lake Drilling Project
ESF Network on Fossil Insects
Micropalaeontology Society, The / Münster, Germany / Est. 1970
Association des diatomistes de langue française / Thonon-les-Bains, France / Est. 1980
International Society for Diatom Research / Aberystwyth, UK / Est. 1985
Marketing Agencies Association Worldwide
African Committee for Palynology

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World Problems relating to Paleontology

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Overexploitation of underground water resources
Exploitation of fossil fuels
Abusive collection of specimens
Threatened species of Radiolarians
Threatened species of Radiolarians
Threatened species of Radiolarians
Extinct species of Fossil miscellanea
Extinct species of Protorthoptera
Threatened species of Pyrgulopsis simplex
Reluctance to impose pollution taxes
Destruction of palaeontological sites

Action Strategies relating to Paleontology

From the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential

Using fossil fuel more efficiently
Reducing fossil fuel use
Reducing petroleum fuel emissions to the atmosphere
Introducing carbon taxes
Conserving fossil fuels
Applying energy taxes
Reducing dependence of agricultural systems on fossil fuels
Monitoring fossil fuel emissions
Conserving energy in transportation
Studying palaeontology
Resisting taxing fossil fuel use
Studying human palaeontology

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