Paleobiology (sometimes spelled palaeobiology) is a growing and comparatively new discipline which combines the methods and findings of the natural science biology with the methods and findings of the earth science paleontology.

Typical paleobiological (or paleobiologic) research attempts to answer biological questions using geological objects such as fossils found in the field. Both macrofossils and microfossils are typically analyzed, although the 21st-century genetic analysis of D.N.A. and R.N.A. samples offers much promise.

An investigator in this research field is known as a paleobiologist.








Stratigraphic paleobiology

Evolutionary developmental paleobiology


The founder or "father" of modern paleobiology is commonly agreed to be Baron Franz Nopcsa (1877 to 1933), a turn-of-the-century Balkan scientist. He is also known as Baron Nopcsa, Ferenc Nopcsa, and Franz Nopcsa von Felsö-Szilvás. He initially termed the discipline "paleophysiology."

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