History and Origin (Etymology) of Biological / Biochemical / Medical Terms
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Origin: Anc Greek
λόγος/logos(=word, speech, discourse, reason)
Henri Marie Ducrotay de Blainville (1777 –1850)
The word "paleontology" was officially coined in 1817 by Henri Marie Ducrotay de Blainville (1777 –1850) who coined the word “paleozoologie” in order to describe the study of extinct animals from fossil bones. However,
Blanville began looking for a term that could refer to the study of both fossil animal and plant remains. After trying some unsuccessful alternatives, he hit on "paleontologie" in 1822. Blanville's term for the study of the living organisms of the past quickly became popular and was anglicized into "paleontology".Advancements continued with Charles Darwin's Origin of Species in 1859 and the theory of evolution.
Paleontology is the study of prehistoric life including the history of the earth, the organisms in it, as well as their evolution, and their interactions with other organisms and the environment. Paleontology is also in-between the sciences of biology and geology as it uses many elements of both and it is based on study of fossils.