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Paleontologists - For those who have a passion for History.

Paleontologists Starting Salary: $30,000 to $35,000 Starting salary depends on the education and experience while in school and could be higher than $35,000.

Paleontologists is the science that deals with the past lives of environmental periods from discovered fossil remains. They are experts on animal life of the distant past. They study how Earth developed from millions of years ago. Everything is based on ancient plants and animals fossil records; the fossils are the evidence of their existence preserved in rocks.

Recently Norwegian scientists discovered a fossil treasure cascade belonging to giant sea reptiles that roamed the seas at the time of the dinosaurs; that is 150 million years ago.

The fossils were discovered in the Svalbards, a chain of island that lie about half-way between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole.
The fossils include specimens of two specific groups called the ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs. The two groups are of extinct marine reptiles. One of the plesiosaur skeletons has been nicknamed The Monster because of its enormous size. It is the largest breakthrough that has been discovered so far.

The ichthyosaurs and plesiosaurs were the top predators living in what was then a relatively cool, deep sea.
So Paleontologists are not just people who go digging in the dirt. They also dig in the ocean! Who knew that all those days of digging in the mud and being yelled at for doing so could lead to such a cool career?

Some of the different fields of Paleontology

  • Vertebrate Palaeontology - The study of fossil animals with backbones.
  • Invertebrate Palaeontology - The study of fossil animals without backbones.
  • Palaeobotany - The study of fossil plants.
  • Palynology - The study of organic-walled microfossils, especially pollens and spores.
  • Palaeoecology - The study of ancient environments and the organisms living in them. This branch of palaeontology has become popular in the last 20 years and is often an important part of the study of the other areas of palaeontology.
  • Taphonomy - This is the study of how an organism enters the fossil record. It includes the study of death, decay, burial and fossilization of an organism. Taphonomy is usually one aspect of the study of the other areas of palaeontology.
  • Micropalaeontology - The study of microscopic fossils that are important to the petroleum and mining industries.

For a better future we must learn about our past.


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