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Paleontology 101
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Paleontology 101

Paleontology studies prehistoric animals and plants that survive as fossils. But how do paleontologists find them? Hint: It’s not like it is in the movies. Few fossils lie complete and undamaged near the surface, ready to be displayed in a museum.

Modern paleontology relies on many scientific disciplines and technologies — including satellites in space.

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Buried Bones

Buried Bones

Paleontology often requires some delicate surgical skills. You can practice yours by burying chicken bones in plaster of Paris in this fun activity. More...

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AMNH
Fossil Tour

Fossil Tour

By the time you finish the fossil tour in this interactive, you’ll know so much you could be a tour guide! See for yourself. More...

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University of California, Berkeley
I Am a Paleontologist

I Am a Paleontologist

Watch They Might Be Giants bassist Danny Weinkauf in this hilarious, animated musical tribute to paleontology. More...

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They Might Be Giants
Kristi Curry Rogers

Kristi Curry Rogers

Kristi Curry Rogers was 6 or 7 when she decided to be a paleontologist. Now she’s a museum curator and dinosaurs are her thing. Read on. More...

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Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
Life Through Time Mural

Life Through Time Mural

Explore all the different periods of geological time that paleontologists study in their work with this interactive mural. Click on the time period you're interested in: It's a cool way that art and science mix! More...

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Humboldt State University
NASA, Archaeology, and Paleontology

NASA, Archaeology, and Paleontology

Watch how NASA remote-sensing technologies help archaeologists and paleontologists do their work. Pretty cool how space satellites can be used by researchers digging in the ground! More...

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NASA
Paleontology

Paleontology

Join Dr. Alexander Kellner as he demonstrates the wingspan of pterosaurs. Then, take a photographic tour of fossils found around the world. More...

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National Geographic
Paleontology at the University of Manchester

Paleontology at the University of Manchester

Phillip Manning’s workday often includes a visit with Stan, the fossil T. rex at the University of Manchester’s museum. Manning explains that modern paleontology is a scientific collaboration. More...

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National Geographic
Paleontology’s Most Famous Missing Links

Paleontology’s Most Famous Missing Links

Missing links are the transitional fossils scientists hope to find to connect the fossil’s ancestors to its descendants. Click through this gallery of famous missing links that no longer are missing! More...

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