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Paleontology (or palaeontology) is the study of prehistoric life.[1] One who studies paleontology is called a paleontologist. The science focuses on ancient organisms, their environment, their evolution, and their interactions with one another. Because it is a historical science, experiments cannot be conducted as easily or as readily as in the physical sciences. Instead, more theories are presented, but actual facts are harder to determine.


  1. Cowen, R. (2000). History of Life (3rd ed.). Blackwell Science. p. xi. ISBN 063204444-6.