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paleontology

paleontology

/ˌpeɪɫiənˈtɑɫədʒi/
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the branch of science that studies fossils
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Evidence comes from three fields: archaeology, pollen analysis, and paleontology.

Bobrovskiy’s advisor said that the identity of these mysterious organisms was the Holy Grailof paleontology.

It turns out that paleontology is just tricky sometimes.

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dendrology

dendrology

/dɛndɹˈɑːlədʒi/
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the study of wooden plants

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ornithology

ornithology

/ˌɔɹnɪˈθɑɫədʒi/
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the branch of zoology that studies birds
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He and Professor Aly McKnight recently hiked several miles into nearby woods as part of an ornithology class.

Hey, pal, do you wanna go to an ornithology expo this weekend?

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morphology

morphology

/mɔɹˈfɑɫədʒi/
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the branch of biology that deals with the structure of animals and plants
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This is when an organism's behavior, morphology, and physiology change in response to its environment.

Now, normally when paleontologists interpret fossils, they rely on two things: morphology and taphonomy.

Morphology is the physical form of the creature, and taphonomy is the process by which it fossilized.

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geology

geology

/dʒiˈɑɫədʒi/
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a field of science that studies the formation of the structure of the Earth and its history
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I love geology jokes.

But Bretz had studied glacial geology, too, and he knew what glaciers could do.

Uniformitarianism explained a great deal about geology, and epic floods just didn't fit into it.

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dermatology

dermatology

/ˌdɝməˈtɑɫədʒi/
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the scientific study of the skin, its structure, diseases, and functions
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It's highly interdisciplinary, incorporating elements from infectious disease, dermatology, vascular surgery, and plastic surgery.

Other specialties that include advanced programs are anesthesiology, ophthalmology, radiation oncology, and dermatology.

Radiology is one of the ROAD lifestyle specialties, standing for radiology, ophthalmology, anesthesiology, and dermatology.

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etymology

etymology

/ˌɛtəˈmɑɫədʒi/, /ˌɛtɪˈmɑɫədʒi/
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the study of the origins and historical developments of words and their meanings
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Tell us your suggestions and the etymology of your name in the comments!

The common names come around mostly from folk etymology.

Etymology doesn’t just show us how words evolve over time, but how ideas evolve.

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entomology

entomology

/ˌɛntəˈmɑɫədʒi/
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the branch of zoology that studies insects
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This is a classic entomology book.

The entire entomology collection was destroyed when the floor it was stored on collapsed.

and I got a degree in human ecology while focusing in biology and entomology.

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topography

topography

/təˈpɑɡɹəfi/
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the configuration of a surface and the relations among its man-made and natural features
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But even with their eyes shut, they can navigate rocky topography at incredible speeds.

The topography shows you that this is the Pacific plate.

The dots here are showing the seismicity that we have that actually seems to correspond to those topography features.

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biography

biography

/baɪˈɑɡɹəfi/
noun
the story of someone's life that is written by another person
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We tell and retell their biographies while venerating their awe-inspiring works.

I also think it’s dangerous to read biography into poetry.

Nonfiction works like news, biographies, and encyclopedias are filled with uncopyrightable facts.

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prosperity

prosperity

/pɹɑˈspɛɹəti/
noun
an economic state of growth with rising profits and full employment
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It can cause stress and greed and misery, but also hope and progress and prosperity.

Originally, the EU was founded to ensure peace between European nations and prosperity for the continent.

Many who are raised in poverty, for instance, lack a realistic path to prosperity.

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acuity

acuity

/əkˈjuəti/
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a quick and penetrating intelligence
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Like by looking at how animals perceive fine details, called acuity or resolution.

Now, what we do know is that the acuity of your vision can change over time.

Acuity drops off pretty markedly outside the fovea and you can't discriminate the words and text far from the fovea.

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alacrity

alacrity

/əˈɫækɹəti/
noun
liveliness and eagerness
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They've demonstrated lots of optical alacrity over the past few years.

I accepted with alacrity.

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cupidity

cupidity

/kjuˈpɪdɪti/
noun
extreme greed for material wealth
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According to the Virginia Congressman John Randolph, "Agrarian cupidity not maritime rights urges the war.

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enmity

enmity

/ˈɛnməti/, /ˈɛnmɪti/
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the feeling of a hostile person
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This enmity continued until King Henry’s death in 1060.

The enmity with China dated back from the 1962 war and was exacerbated by Beijing’s nuclear tests in 1967.

And if that goodwill isn't there, then the spiral of accusation and animosity and enmity --

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serendipity

serendipity

/ˌsɛɹənˈdɪpɪti/
noun
good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries
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Some folks say luck or serendipity, whatever language they want to use.

There are questions of chance, of serendipity that will make a difference.

Prisoner of War What happened next was a nice moment of serendipity or karma, depending on what you believe.

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elasticity

elasticity

/ˌiˌɫæsˈtɪsəti/
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the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed
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Katarina covers each dough layer with linen to absorb moisture slowly without losing elasticity.

The rubber in a rubber band does not obey the law of elasticity.

I wanted to learn about the elasticity of... Aah! ...

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plasticity

plasticity

/plæstˈɪsɪɾi/
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the property of being physically malleable; the property of something that can be worked or hammered or shaped without breaking
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One, these have the potential to turn into anything, that they have this plasticity.

When we say that something has plasticity, we're talking about its potential to turn into a lot of different things.

Yes, there's brain plasticity.

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paucity

paucity

/ˈpɔsəˌti/
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an insufficient quantity or number
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Unfortunately, there is a paucity of literature examining undergrad school selection and success in medical school and beyond.

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sagacity

sagacity

/sæɡˈæsɪɾi/
noun
the trait of forming opinions by distinguishing and evaluating

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