neontology 1. The study of presently alive or recently extinct organisms. 2. The science of current organic life.
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Neontology is the part of biology which – in contrast to paleontology – deals with now living (recent) organisms. The term neontologist is usually used only by paleontologists to refer to non-paleontologists. Stephen Jay Gould said of neontology: All professions maintain their parochialisms, and I trust that nonpaleontological readers will for
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