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Things to Know About Paleontology

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Paleontology

National Geographic defines paleontology as “the study of the history of life on Earth as based on fossils.”

This means the remains of everything from single-celled living things, fungi, and bacteria to plants and animals (and dinosaurs).

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These include:

  • the study of microscopic fossils (micropaleontology)
  • the study of fossil plants (paleobotany)
  • the study of pollen and spores produced by land plants and protists (palynology)
  • the study of invertebrate animal fossils (invertebrate paleont...

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Paleontology is the study of the history of life. Because that history is written in the fossil and geological record, paleontology allows us to place living organisms in both evolutionary (life-historical) and geological (earth-historical) context.

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While many paleontologists pursue careers in academia, there are other options as well.

  • Some end up working as geological surveyors, while others work in the commercial sector for oil, coal, and gas companies.
  • Others pursue fulfilling careers as museum curators, geoscie...

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