The branch of zoology dealing with living forms as distinct from fossils.Often contrasted with paleontology
- ‘These challenges lie at the interface between paleontology and neontology.’
- ‘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.’
Late 19th century: from neo- new on the pattern of paleontology.