Paleontologists Dinosaur William Buckland Mini Sov. Sheet MNH
Paleontologists study the record of life on Earth left as fossils. More than 99 percent of all species that have ever lived are extinct, so paleontologists will not run out of work any time soon. Paleontological research includes working out the relationships between extinct animals and plants and their living relatives. We reconstruct early communities and their environments and try to understand the changes that have led to those of the present day. We study major extinction events of the past in the hope of applying our conclusions to extinction in the modern world as global climates and environments change.
Most paleontologists spend a lot of time in the field to collect the fossils that they study. Field work can be done anywhere from a remote mountaintop to a local quarry.
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