What is a Paleontologist?
A Paleontologist studies fossils and uses the information gained to piece together the complex history of life on Earth. They study how and why animals change over time, they piece together the biodiversity and ecology of the past, they try to determine the cause extinction events, and they do a myriad of other things!
What do Paleontologists do?
Paleontology is an interesting field with many aspects, including conducting field work (fossil collecting), cataloging and curating fossil specimens, conducting laboratory experiments, and writing research papers on their findings.
To better answer what paleontologists do, we interviewed a bunch of paleontologists and asked them the same 5 questions. The varied responses show how diverse the field of paleontology is and how a paleontologist can do many different things. Browse through the short interviews with paleontologists below and see what they do!
Questions for a Paleontologist: Interviews
Paleozoic Marine Invertebrates
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
Avian Skeletal Taphonomy
Florida Museum of Natural History
Stephen J. Godfrey
Calvert Marine Museum
Sharon E. Holte
University of Florida - Florida Museum of Natural History
University of Florida
Jason P. Schein
Dinosaurs of western North America
Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute
Walter W. Stein
Late Cretaceous Dinosaurs
Preservation of Marine Invertebrates: Echinoderms
University of Akron
Fossil Sea Urchins
University of Southern California