Ology Paleontology After-School Educator’s Guide

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PDF File Ology Paleontology After-School Educator’s Guide. What Is Paleontology? 1 Paleontology is the study of ancient life forms. (ÒPaleo,Ó from the ancient Greek, means very early, and ÒancientÓ is usually defined as Òmore than 10,000 years ago.Ó) Paleontologists study fossils: the remains of plants, animals, and other organisms typically embedded and preserved in the Earth’s rocky crust. (This site focuses on dinosaurs because thatÕs what kids are most familiar with.) The science is closely linked to geology because understanding the age and composition of rock is essential to deciphering the fossil record.

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