Where can I find a paleontologist


Paleontologists research the development history of organisms, plants and animals in the early earth age, i. H. before the appearance of Homo Sapiens or humans. For this purpose they plan and organize field research and excavation projects in which they search for bone and skeletal parts, fossilized remains and traces of extinct organisms (fossils). Before starting the excavations, they carry out test drillings in different rock layers and examine and measure the terrain with radar, ultrasound and infrared devices and have recordings made by satellite cameras.

If you come across found objects (e.g. dinosaur bones, fossilized shells and plants), you must proceed with extreme caution and professional precision so as not to destroy the rare objects during the recovery. They then carry out various examinations and analyzes in laboratories and try to date the age of the finds. There are various methods and procedures for determining age, e.g. B. radiocarbon dating (based on the radioactive decay of carbon) is used. On the basis of the bones and skeletal parts found, they also try to reconstruct which living being it was. Finally, they ensure that the objects are properly preserved, archived or exhibited.

Paleontologists are also used to explore coal and oil deposits. In this context, they carry out deep boreholes and analyze the rock samples extracted. Furthermore, they study early (prehistoric) environmental and climatic changes and their effects on the flora and fauna of that time. Above all, they try to extinct various animal species, such as B. to explain dinosaurs and prehistoric fish and bird species. They publish the results of their research in the form of specialist articles, studies and specialist books.