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  MSN Encarta - Print Preview - Fossil
Paleontologists must sometimes compare the fossils of extinct organisms with living organisms to draw conclusions about the nature, behavior, or habits of prehistoric life forms.
Paleontologists have found fossils of the empty shells of trilobites, for example, that reveal that the animals shed their shell-like skeletons as they grew into adult forms, much as shrimps and crabs do today.
Paleontologists have identified predators and their victims using evidence such as the teeth marks of mosasaurs (large, carnivorous marine lizards) on ammonites.
encarta.msn.com /text_761564197___21/Fossil.html   (1077 words)

 Paleontology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Paleontology (the American spelling; the British spelling is palaeontology) is the study of the developing history of life on earth, of ancient plants and animals based on the fossil record, evidence of their existence preserved in rocks.
Paleontologists are among the more colorful and eccentric figures in the history of science.
Important figures include the Englishman William Smith who first noted that similar fossil sequences were found regionally and Georges Cuvier who initiated the study of ancient animals based on living animals.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Paleontologist   (728 words)

 SurfWax: News, Reviews and Articles On Paleontologists
Paleontologists have uncovered the remains of two new flying reptile species that shared the skies with 120 million years ago in what is now China...
Paleontologists in discovered a missing link between the ancient hoofed ancestors of whales and their descendants, who fancied, learned to swim, and eventually just stayed in the water.
Paleontologists have unearthed in Canada the world's oldest intact shark fossil a 409-million-year-old specimen of a small, primitive species that was found with its braincase, jaws, and teeth attached in their correct anatomical position.
biology.surfwax.com /files/Paleontologists.html   (4460 words)

 Iran News - Iranian paleontologists discover teeth of erectus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Iranian paleontologists have also found evidence of prehistoric human habitation in the provinces of Kermanshah and Lorestan in western Iran and in Gilan Province in the north.
After the new discovery, paleontologists are more optimistic that they will be able to find a more complete skeleton of early man in the region, Kokabinejad said.
Paleontologists have also unearthed one-million-year old fossils of horses, giraffes, elephants, rhinoceroses, and other animals near the site where the teeth were discovered.
www.iranmania.com /News/ArticleView?NewsCode=28428&NewsKind=Culture   (767 words)

 Discovering How Paleontologists Document Evolution
Paleontologists infer that the way evolution works today is the same as it worked in the past history of the earth.
Paleontologists can only interpret the record of their fossils, which leads them to believe that horses have evolved through the last 50 million years.
Explain to the students that horses are just one of many fossil examples that paleontologists have used to demonstrate a slow, but constant change of life on the Earth.
www.msnucleus.org /membership/html/k-6/rc/pastlife/6/rcpl6_3a.html   (420 words)

 Paleontologists - AllAboutDinosaurs.com
Robert Bakker is a US paleontologist and dinosaur artist who revolutionized people's concepts of dinosaurs in the late 1960's, drawing them as active animals standing upright and not dragging their tails.
Larry D. Martin is a paleontologist, author, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, and curator of vertebrate paleontology at the University of Kansas.
Hans-Dieter Sues is a paleontologist at the University of Toronto and Senior Curator, Department of Palaeobiology, at the Royal Ontario Museum.
www.enchantedlearning.com /subjects/dinosaurs/glossary/Paleontologists.shtml   (5229 words)

 A Major T. Rex Breakthrough (washingtonpost.com)
Paleontologists have recovered what appear to be soft tissues from the thighbone of a 70 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex, potentially enabling dinosaur research to make a leap into studying the animals' physiology and perhaps even their cell biology, the research team said yesterday.
But "there's no 'Jurassic Park' scenario," said paleontologist Hans-Dieter Sues, associate director of research and collections at the National Museum of Natural History, adding that the bone is so old that DNA fragments are probably the best that could be hoped for.
The lab work was supervised by Schweitzer, a paleontologist with experience in forensic analysis of modern biological samples, an advantage in a profession in which backgrounds in geology or other earth sciences are more common.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A63318-2005Mar24.html   (985 words)

 Frequently Asked Questions
Although most of the fossils that paleontologists study are several thousands to several billions of years old, there is no absolute minimum age for a biological structure to be a fossil.
Paleontologists study these fossils and attempt to use them to reconstruct the history of the Earth and the life on it.
For instance, a paleontologist might identify fossil animal bones or plant pollen associated with an archaeological site, to find out what the people who lived there ate; or a paleontologist might be called on to analyze the climate at the time a particular archaeological site was inhabited.
www.ucmp.berkeley.edu /FAQ/faq.html   (2519 words)

 Paleontologists duped by fake
The fossil that paleontologists have dubbed the missing link between the evolution of dinosaurs into birds, is now being called a potential fake.
The paleontologists thought archaeoraptor was the missing link between dinosaurs and birds because it had several features of a bird, including not only feathers, but a large breastplate and keel.
The paleontologists noticed that the bones connecting the tail and body were missing and that the fossil showed signs of reworking.
www.exn.ca /Html/Templates/topicpage.cfm?ID=20000121-56&Topic=Dinosaur   (892 words)

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I remind them that as the head paleontologist I will ask them to stop their work at times to reflect and think about what they are doing.
Paleontologists can walk around to observe how others are digging and can try out different ideas.
Paleontologists are reminded about what makes a good newspaper article.
www.msu.edu /user/losarah/pd/2001/favlesson.html   (420 words)

 Interesting Fossil Findings Leaving Paleontologists in Question”   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the early 1800’s, a new discovery that left paleontologists in awe was the fossil finding of the immeasurable amount of species of reptiles, Ichthyosaurs.
In their findings of the Chilean boulder, they were fortunate enough to find 17 vertebrae along with neural arches that encircle the spinal cord as well as some ribs.
Paleontologists firmly agreed with Fildani’s notion that the bones had been 8 to 9 feet long and had existd around 140 million years ago (Mason 1).
www.priweb.org /ed/ICTHOL/ICTHOL04papers/57.htm   (966 words)

 Jurassic Mart: Digging with the Invisible Hand   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Paleontologists generally work for universities and museums, both of which are traditionally strapped for cash.
Paleontologists increase the value of specimens for fossil hunters by improving the hunters’ knowledge of their product as well as how to extract it with the value intact.
Paleontologist Robert Bakker, curator of the Tate Museum in Casper, Wyoming, admits, “There is a class system.
www.fee.org /vnews.php?nid=4826   (1715 words)

 Geologist: Dinosaur Paleontologists Often Neglect Rocks and Sediments   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Dinosaur fossils are so popular and sparse that paleontologists who specialize in dinosaurs tend to focus more on finding trophy fossils than expanding their knowledge about dinosaurs, Schmitt said.
Paleontologists who care about science — Schmitt includes Jack Horner and the other MSU paleontologists in that group — can learn valuable lessons from the rocks and layers where the fossils are embedded, Schmitt said.
For that reason, MSU is trying to train its undergraduates, the next generation of paleontologists, to include rocks and sediments in their dinosaur research.
www.montana.edu /wwwpb/univ/rockdoc.html   (681 words)

 Augusta Georgia: Technology:Paleontologists discover winged dinosaur 01/23/03
The small animal called ``Microraptor gui'' _ in honor of Chinese paleontologist Gu Zhiwei _ was about 2.5 feet long and had feathers covering its legs that were similar to the feathers in its wi years oldgs.
Paleontologists have discovered the remains of what they believe is a four-winged creature that glided from ancient trees above its dinosaur cousins long before two wings took over to power flight.
Paleontologist Xing Xu of the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences described six fossils with leg feathers arranged in a pattern similar to wing feathers in modern birds.
chronicle.augusta.com /stories/012303/tec_124-1054.shtml   (798 words)

 Paleontology and Geology Glossary: Pa
A paleontologist is a scientist who studies paleontology, the forms of life that existed in former geologic periods, chiefly by studying fossils.
It was named in 1919 by Canadian paleontologist L. Lambe, from a specimen found in 1917 in the Judith River Formation in Alberta, Canada.
PARKS, WILLIAM A. William Arthur Parks (1868-1939) was a Canadian paleontologist who described Arrhinoceratops (1925), Dyoplosaurus (1924), Lambeosaurus (1923), and Parasaurolophus (1923).
www.enchantedlearning.com /subjects/dinosaurs/glossary/indexp.shtml   (2185 words)

 PaleoFAQs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Paleontologists recognize fossils based on their shape, their structure, and sometimes the material they are made of.
This helps paleontologists recognize fossils that are the remains of living things from tens of thousands to millions of years old.
Vertebrate paleontologists spend a great deal of time studying the anatomy of living animals so that they can compare the bones and teeth of living animals to those of fossil animals.
www.vertpaleo.org /education/faqs.html   (1319 words)

 Putting Limits on the Diversity of Life
“Paleontologists wouldn't need a new record of diversity if their predecessors had done it right the first time--laboriously sampling and documenting all the accessible exposures of fossil-bearing rock around the world.
Making the best of a bad situation, one paleontologist spent 20 years compiling a now-classic diversity record from the hodgepodge of published and unpublished data.
Paleontologist Jeremy Jackson of Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, thinks existing data are still too biased to do the trick.
www.geocities.com /fdocch/limitsfish.htm   (1014 words)

 Dinosaur National Monument Homepage
He was a paleontologist (a scientist who studies prehistoric life) who worked for the Carnegie Museum of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
On this wall, paleontologists have carefully chiped away the rock to uncover the bones and leave them in place.
Paleontologists name and classify them according to the shapes of their hip bones, teeth, feet, and other parts:
www.nps.gov /dino/dinos.htm   (1505 words)

 Biology - Open Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
For example, it generally includes scientists who may have a specialist training in particular organisms such as mammalogy, ornithology, or herpetology but use those organisms as systems to answer general questions in evolution.
It also generally includes paleontologists who use fossils to answer questions about the mode and tempo of evolution, as well as theoreticians in areas such as population genetics and evolutionary theory.
In the 1990s developmental biology made a re-entry into evolutionary biology from its initial exclusion from the modern synthesis through the study of evolutionary developmental biology.
open-encyclopedia.com /Biology   (2520 words)

 Follow a Vertebrate: Prospecting
There are three basic kinds of rocks: igneous, formed from melting rock; sedimentary, eroded by wind or water and later redeposited; and metamorphic, changed by extreme heat or pressure.
Paleontologists pay attention to past finds since areas that have yielded good fossils in the past might produce more in the future.
Before collecting any fossils, paleontologists must pay careful attention to who owns the land and seek the proper permission from the landowner or governing agency.
www.dmns.org /main/minisites/fossil/vert.html   (510 words)

 NPS Paleontology Research Abstract Volume   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The NPS paleontologists have worked closely with paleontologists and land managers from other agencies in their attempts to develop paleontological resource management policies and guidelines.
NPS paleontologists were also represented at the North American Paleontological Convention Roundtable Discussion entitled, "Paleontology on Public Lands", along with representatives of the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
With the new NPS paleontologists coming on board, the constant turnover of park staff in the fossil parks, and the recent introduction of important paleontological resource protection legislation, it is time again to convene and to continue the evolution of the paleontological resource management program of the NPS.
www2.nature.nps.gov /grd/geology/paleo/pub/nps_paleo_vol1/intro.htm   (534 words)

 ClassZone: Concepts and Skills: Course 2 - Links   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Paleontologists study and classify fossils of plants and animals to further understanding of the history and development of various life forms on Earth.
Paleontologists conduct experiments in order to gather information about aspects of fossilized life forms such as their relative age, evolution, disease, behavior, and living conditions.
Paleontologists, and geologists in general, spend time in an office, doing fieldwork, and working in laboratories.
www.classzone.com /concepts/course2/common/chapter3/eld_careerl1.cfm   (330 words)

 USATODAY.com - Entomogist's name change bugs paleontologists   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Paleontologist Mike Raath of South Africa's Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research, who named Syntarsus in 1969, hadn't been offered a chance to rename the dinosaur.
For Raath's part, "A lot of paleontologists strongly disapprove of what Dr. Ivie and his colleagues have done," he says.
Some fans of Syntarsus have urged paleontologists to disregard Megapnosaurus and pick a new name to use among themselves.
www.usatoday.com /news/science/dinos/2002-03-11-big-lizard.htm   (642 words)

 The Epoch Times :: Paleontologists Unearth Dinosaur Remains in Antarctica
WASHINGTON - Two groups of paleontologists working thousands of kilometers apart in Antarctica have unearthed the fossilized remains of previously unknown species' of dinosaur.
On a mountaintop 400-600 kilometers from the South Pole, the other team of paleontologists found a one meter long pelvis bone.
They say the 190-million-year-old fossil belonged to one of the earliest members of the four-legged, plant- eating sauropod family, which eventually produced dinosaurs thirty meters long.
english.epochtimes.com /news/4-3-4/20201.html   (339 words)

 Paleontologists discover new dinosaur species   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
OKLAHOMA CITY: Paleontologists have found bones in Oklahoma from a previously unknown species of dinosaur and one of the biggest ever discovered: a 60-ton giraffe-like creature that could have peered into a sixth-story window if there had been any buildings around 110 million years ago.
Matt Wedel, a leader of the University of Oklahoma research team, named the 60-foot-tall species of sauropod Sauroposeidon proteles, or "thunder lizard." Its name is derived from Poseidon, the Greek god associated with the sea and with earthquakes.
The creature was so big that "even if it tried to do so gingerly, it would create a little seismic activity" when it walked, said University of Oklahoma paleontologist Richard Cifelli.
www.stater.kent.edu /stories_old/99fall/DinosaurFind-11399-inside.html   (267 words)

 Dinosaur Detectives--Animals/Earth Science lesson plan (grades 6-8)--DiscoverySchool.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
If students are familiar with paleontologists, they may want to choose one from this list or from their own research.
For example, they could include an illustration of a dinosaur next to the paleontologist who helped discover it or drawings of the paleontologist showing his or her distinctive features, such as a fl hat always worn or a particular tool always used.
The author, a celebrated paleontologist, brings the reader along with him into the field on digs for dinosaurs and into the laboratory to search for answers to the controversies surrounding the dinosaurs' origins, lives and extinction.
school.discovery.com /lessonplans/programs/dinosaurdetectives   (1767 words)

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