The Life Of A Paleontologist

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The Life Of A Paleontologist Paleontology is the study of the history of life on earth based on fossils. Fossils are the remains of plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, and single-celled living things that have been replaced by rock material or impressions of organisms preserved in rock. Overall it incorporates knowledge occasionally from biology, geology, ecology, anthropology, archaeology, and computer science to understand the processes that have led to the origination and extinction of the different types of organisms since life arose. Henceforth, a paleontologist is a scientist who studies the history of organic life on Earth, primarily focusing on the past. Generally much of a paleontologist’s work centers on finding the fossilized…show more content…
Paleontologists use geologic maps to identify places that has the potential of finding a fossil. Geologic maps show the age and the type of rock found on the Earth’s surface. For example, in the case of finding dinosaur fossils Paleontologists locate sedimentary rocks from the Mesozoic Era on a geologic map, and go to those areas to hunt for fossils. Paleontologists also need to know how to use a topographic map to locate a fossils elevation and to determine the best sites for paleontological excavation. Paleontologists often study amber. It is a type of fossil resin that can preserve tissue as delicate as dragonfly wings. Some ants get trapped in amber while eating leaves, allowing scientists to know exactly what they ate, and how they ate it. Also the air bubbles trapped in amber can conclude what atmospheric changes were around when the organism lived, with the help of studying meteorology (Landing. Ed, 2015) . I interviewed Dr. Ed Landing, a paleontologist at the New York State Museum. Paleontologists who work for a museum might see his/her days split between research and service, service might include answering questions of public, answering emails of government agencies about different fossils and often giving tours of the museum. The service also includes preservation, conservation, and data-basing of existing collections so that the collection might be used in research elsewhere (Landing. Ed, 2015) . Loaning or providing pictures of

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