neontology

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neo- +‎ onto- +‎ -logy

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neontology (uncountable)

  1. (biology) The study of organisms living in the current era, as opposed to organisms that are extinct.
    • 1861 July 6, “Flourens on the Unity and Fixity of Species”, in British Medical Journal:
      Ontology comprises the study both of beings actually existing, and the study of ancient beings and of their fossil remains—neontology and palaeontology.

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