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  The Paleontology Portal: Home
The Paleontology Portal now includes all of North America!
Resources for educators are available in the new online teachers' guide.
Explore paleontology in North America by state and time period
www.paleoportal.org   (87 words)

  
  What is Paleontology?   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Paleontology is a rich field, imbued with a long and interesting past and an even more intriguing and hopeful future.
In short, paleontology is the study of what fossils tell us about the ecologies of the past, about evolution, and about our place, as humans, in the world.
Paleontology incorporates knowledge from biology, geology, ecology, anthropology, archaeology, and even computer science to understand the processes that have led to the origination and eventual destruction of the different types of organisms since life arose.
www.ucmp.berkeley.edu /paleo/paleowhat.html   (294 words)

  
  Geotimes - February 2005 - Comment
Paleontology underwent a major expansion of theoretical frontiers over the last quarter of the 20th century, resulting in the birth of modern paleobiology.
But despite that growth and the continuing popularity of dinosaurs among the general public, academic paleontology was also widely viewed as a field in decline among the geosciences, due mostly to the apparently irreversible retrenchment of the use of fossils to date rocks in the search for petroleum.
Paleontology will not only continue to benefit from having molecular family trees of particular groups, but it also will continue to be essential for establishing the timing of events of molecular evolution and for putting family trees based only on living taxa into larger evolutionary contexts.
www.agiweb.org /geotimes/feb05/comment.html   (1012 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.
Modern paleontology sets ancient life in its contexts, by studying how long-term physical changes of global geography ("paleogeography") and climate ("paleoclimate") have affected the evolution of life, how ecosystems have responded to these changes and have changed the planetary environment in turn, and how these mutual responses have affected today's patterns of biodiversity.
Paleontology utilizes the same classic binomial nomenclature scheme devised for the biology of living things by the mid 18th century Swedish biologist Carolus Linnaeus and increasingly sets these species in a genealogical framework, showing their degrees of interrelatedness using the still somewhat controversial technique of "cladistics".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Paleontology   (741 words)

  
 paleontology. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Although paleontology deals with early forms of life, it is usually treated as a part of geology rather than of biology, as the environment of the animals and plants cannot be properly understood and reconstructed without knowledge of the age, structure, and composition of the rocks in which their remains are found.
The field of paleontology is often divided into paleobotany, the study of ancient plants (also known as paleophytology); palynology, which focuses on ancient spores, pollen, and microorganisms; and paleozoology, the study of ancient animals, which can further be broken down into invertebrate (no backbones, e.g., clams) or vertebrate (with backbone, e.g., dinosaurs) studies.
Paleontology as a science separate from geology dates from the 19th cent., especially from the work of French naturalist Georges Cuvier on fossils and from the publication of the evolutionary hypothesis of Charles Darwin.
www.bartleby.com /65/pa/paleonto.html   (323 words)

  
 paleontology. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Although paleontology deals with early forms of life, it is usually treated as a part of geology rather than of biology, as the environment of the animals and plants cannot be properly understood and reconstructed without knowledge of the age, structure, and composition of the rocks in which their remains are found.
The field of paleontology is often divided into paleobotany, the study of ancient plants (also known as paleophytology); palynology, which focuses on ancient spores, pollen, and microorganisms; and paleozoology, the study of ancient animals, which can further be broken down into invertebrate (no backbones, e.g., clams) or vertebrate (with backbone, e.g., dinosaurs) studies.
Paleontology as a science separate from geology dates from the 19th cent., especially from the work of French naturalist Georges Cuvier on fossils and from the publication of the evolutionary hypothesis of Charles Darwin.
www.bartelby.com /65/pa/paleonto.html   (323 words)

  
 UM Paleontology
Vertebrate paleontology is concerned with the evolution and paleobiology of animals with backbones.
Professor Gingerich is curator of vertebrate paleontology in the Museum of Paleontology and professor of paleontology in the Department of Geological Sciences.
Professor Gerald R. Smith was appointed in a parallel line in 1969; he is curator of vertebrate paleontology in the Museum of Paleontology, curator of fishes in the Museum of Zoology, professor of paleontology in the Department of Geological Sciences, and professor of ichthyology in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
www.paleontology.lsa.umich.edu /Resources/vertPaleo.html   (317 words)

  
 Paleontology Info - Encyclopedia WikiWhat.com
Paleontology is the study of ancient plants and animals based on the fossil record, evidence of their existence preserved in rocks.
Paleontology overlaps to some extent with geology, the study of rocks and rock formations, and with botany, biology, zoology, and ecology, fields concerned with living creatures and how they interact.
There are many minor specialties such as paleoecology, paleobotany, ichnology (the study of tracks and burrows)and taphonomy, the study what happens to organisms after they expire.
www.wikiwhat.com /encyclopedia/p/pa/paleontology.html   (346 words)

  
 UCSB Libraries - Internet Resources in Paleontology
Paleontology and Fossils Resources: links to a number of web sites on these topics.
Paleontology at the U.S. Geological Survey: includes general information on paleontology and the work of the USGS.
Society of Vertebrate Paleontology: organization for professional vertebrate paleontology.
www.library.ucsb.edu /subjects/geology/paleo.html   (700 words)

  
 Paleontology
This University of California Berkeley Museum of Paleontology site provides an interactive geologic timescale that illustrates the temporal distribution of several important plant groups.
There are also links to an online store where users may order the video, and to a site where users can type in their zip codes and learn which dinosaurs lived in their areas.
Available on-line data sets include accessions information (when the specimen was collected and by whom); taxonomic information (the specimen's class, order, family, genus, subgenus, species, identifier, year identified, museum specimen number, status and element); locality information (age and location of the site); and citation information.
serc.carleton.edu /research_education/cretaceous/paleontology.html   (4238 words)

  
 Category:Paleontology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Paleontology ("palaeontology" is the British spelling) 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.
The main article for this category is Paleontology.
There are 9 subcategories shown below (more may be shown on subsequent pages).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Category:Paleontology   (119 words)

  
 Paleontology Careers
Paleontology is fun, thrilling, and fascinating, but it is also hard work.
Paleontology is the study of the history of life on Earth, as reflected in the fossil record.
No matter how interested or knowledgeable a student is in paleontology, however, good overall grades in high school are almost always required for admission to a good college or university, which is a necessary prerequisite for a career in paleontology.
www.priweb.org /ed/lol/careers.html   (1028 words)

  
 Palaeos Paleontology: Palaeontology
Paleontology (or Palaeontology) is the study of prehistoric animal and plant life through the analysis of fossil remains.
The importance of geology in paleontology cannot be overemphasized.
We deal with the tiny fraction of organisms which happened to be buried in deposits of an appropriate sediment, which were subsequently preserved, which were subsequently lithified, which were not subsequently metamorphosed or eroded or buried outside of our reach, which were later exposed, and which were discovered and identified.
www.palaeos.com /Palaeo/palaeontology.htm   (354 words)

  
 Paleontology Division - Geological Association of Canada   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Division sponsors the annual Canadian Paleontology Conference and paleontological symposia and special sessions at the annual meetings of the Geological Association of Canada, and provides Canadian representation at international activities such as the North American Paleontology Conference.
It is eminently suitable as a supporting text for paleontology courses and has been produced in an inexpensive format to make it readily accessible to students of earth sciences.
The Paleontology Division began its involvement with the Conference in 1977 when it co-sponsored the meeting with the University of Waterloo.
publish.uwo.ca /~ctsujita/paleodivisiongac.html   (1576 words)

  
 Paleontology bibliography
Cracraft, J., 1984, The Significance of the Data of Systematics and Paleontology for the Evolution-Creation Controversy, in Awbery, F. T., and Thwaites, W. M., eds., Evolutionists Confront Creationists: San Francisco, Ca., American Association for the Advancement of Science, v.
Gingerich, P. D., 1976, Paleontology and phylogeny: patterns of evolution of the species level in early Tertiary mammals: American Journal of Science, v.
Raup, D. M., 1977, Stochastic models in evolutionary paleontology, in Hallam, A., ed., Patterns of Evolution as Illustrated by the Fossil Record: Amsterdam, Elsevier, p.
www.talkorigins.org /origins/biblio/paleontology.html   (3548 words)

  
 What Should I Study?: Advice for Students Interested in Paleontology
Once the student has an idea of what particular area of paleontology he is interested in (dinosaurs, mammals, pterosaurs, marine reptiles, paleobotany, micropaleontology, etc), the next step would be to contact people who are currently doing research in that area and publishing books about it.
Fortunately, paleontology professors usually understand this, and if a student majored in geology as an undergraduate, they can usually be accepted to a biology master's program, or vice versa.
I don't want to discourage anyone from studying paleontology; instead, I want to let students know that there are a lot of difficulties in this area of study that one must be prepared to face in order to succeed in the field of paleontology.
www.suite101.com /discussion.cfm/paleontology/65216/888720   (463 words)

  
 U.C. Berkeley Museum of Paleontology Public Exhibits   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Paleontology is a rich field, imbued with a long and interesting past and an even more intriguing and hopeful future.
It is the study of what fossils tell us about the ecologies of the past, about evolution, and about our place, as humans, in the world.
Paleontology incorporates knowledge from biology, geology, ecology, anthropology, archaeology, and even computer science to understand the processes that have led to the origination and eventual destruction of the different types of animals since life arose.
www.ibiblio.org /expo/paleo.exhibit/paleo.html   (259 words)

  
 paleontology
paleontology is generally concerned with only the past 600 million years.
Although paleontology deals with early forms of life, it is usually treated as a part of
Paleontology as a science separate from geology dates from the 19th cent., especially from the work of French naturalist Georges
www.factmonster.com /ce6/sci/A0837343.html   (330 words)

  
 Paleontology
The Geological Survey of Canada is the only organization in Canada that maintains in-house expertise in paleontology applicable to regional geoscience needs.
Paleontology is used as a tool in geological mapping, basin analysis, and energy, mineral and environmental programs.
Geological applications (a short paper describing how paleontology is used as a tool in other geological disciplines)
gsc.nrcan.gc.ca /paleo/index_e.php   (278 words)

  
 Paleo FAQs   (Site not responding. Last check: )
If you want to do vertebrate paleontology, by far most of the standing faculty at Tier I and Tier II universities got their Ph.D. s at a few select schools, namely (in no particular order): Columbia, Yale, Penn, Chicago, Berkeley, Harvard.
At the graduate level, your advisor is what is important, but if you can manage to combine a top advisor with the unmatched resources and alumni connections of a Tier I school, you will get far more bang for the buck, and you MIGHT actually have a chance of being one of the ca.
Lehman focuses on the sedimentology, stratigraphy, and vertebrate paleontology of the Late Cretaceous of Trans-Pecos Texas, mostly at exposures in Big Bend National Park.
www.lifesci.ucsb.edu /~mrowe/dinosaur/FAQs.html   (3285 words)

  
 Paleontology Homework Resources, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Resource Guide   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Paleontology Portal is a resource for anyone interested in paleontology, from the professional in the lab to the interested amateur scouting for fossils to the student in any classroom.
The site was produced by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the Paleontological Society, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and the United States Geological Survey.
One of the first paleontological exhibits online, this website has loads of information about paleontology, geologic time periods, a Virtual Paleobotany Lab that is part of Integrative Biology 181/181L, "The Evolution of Plants through Geologic Time" at UC Berkeley.
www.carnegielibrary.org /subject/homework/paleo.html   (613 words)

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