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Paleozoology or Palaeozoology (Greek: παλαιόν, palaeon meaning "old" and Greek: ζῷον, zoon, "animal") is the study, recovery and identification of animal creatures found within the fossil record and the use of these fossils in the reconstruction of prehistoric environments and ancient ecosystems.[1] Paleozoology is a branch or subfield of both paleontology, paleobiology and zoology.

Some popularly known animal-derived fossils include trilobites, crustaceans, echinoderms, brachiopods, mollusks, dinosaurss, bony fishes, sharks, Vertebrate teeth, and shells of numerous invertebrate groups.

Some animals studied by Paleozoology


  1. Kuhn-Schnyder, Emil; Rieber, Hans (1986). Handbook of Paleozoology. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press. p. 1. ISBN 0-8018-2837-6.