古生物

Discussion in '中文+方言 (Chinese)' started by westwind, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. westwind Senior Member

    Chinese
    paleontology,我查字典就找到了这个,但它的意思好像只是 古生物学 而不是 古生物, 虽然网络上也有把这个字翻译成 古生物 的, 但是这没有搜索到它作为 古生物 的用例,所以,我怀疑 它根本没有 古生物 这个含义, 有高手能告诉下我,古生物 用英语 怎么讲呢
     
  2. xiaolijie

    xiaolijie MOD

    UK
    English (UK)
    古生物 = extinct plants and animals.
    I can't think of a special English word for it.
     
  3. westwind Senior Member

    Chinese
    Do you mean it is incorrect to express the idea 古生物 using paleontology?
     
  4. xiaolijie

    xiaolijie MOD

    UK
    English (UK)
    No, I don't think it is correct. Strictly speaking, paleontology is the study of 古生物.
    I think the reason we don't have an English equivalent of 古生物 is that 古生物 is rarely used alone. It normally comes with something else to form a phrase: 古生物化石, 古生物学, 古生物学家, etc.
     
  5. westwind Senior Member

    Chinese
  6. xiaolijie

    xiaolijie MOD

    UK
    English (UK)
    Yes, but "extinct", not "distinct"
     
  7. Youngfun

    Youngfun Senior Member

    Pekino, Ĉinujo
    Chinese/Italian - bilingual
    Or "prehistorical plants and animals".
     

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