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According to The Gale Encyclopedia of Science, Paleontology is the study of ancient animal life and how it developed. It is divided into two subdisciplines, invertebrate paleontology and vertebrate paleontology. Paleontologists use two lines of evidence to learn about ancient animals. One is to examine animals that live today, and the other is to study fossils. The study of modern animals includes looking at the earliest stages of development and the way growth occurs (embryology), and comparing different organisms to see how they are related evolutionarily (cladistics). The fossils that paleontologists study may be the actual remains of the organisms, or simply traces the animals have left (tracks or burrows left in fine sediments). Paleontology lies at the boundary of the life sciences and the earth sciences.
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