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  • noun The science which explains, by the law of causation, the past condition and changes of the earth; the explanation of past events in terms of scientific causes, such as geological causes.

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  • noun The science that explains, by the law of causation, the past condition and changes of the Earth.

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  • noun the explanation of past events in terms of scientific causes (as geological causes)

Etymologies

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palaeo- +‎ aetiology. Coined by William Whewell.

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