Meaning of neontology in English:


Pronunciation /ˌniːɒnˈtɒlədʒi/


mass noun
  • The branch of zoology dealing with living forms as distinct from fossils.

    Often contrasted with palaeontology

    ‘The relevance of neontology, including ecology, to paleontology could not be more starkly revealed in these and other questions concerning biodiversity dynamics.’
    • ‘Although the distinction between paleontology and neontology may be practical, it is not necessarily natural or productive.’
    • ‘However, paleontologists have not been completely blinded by neontology and recent paleontological analyses also indicate that gastropod evolution was considerably more complicated than previously thought.’
    • ‘These challenges lie at the interface between paleontology and neontology.’


Late 19th century from neo-‘new’, on the pattern of palaeontology.