Paleontology Paleontology

What is Paleontology?

Paleontology is the study of ancient life, from dinosaurs to prehistoric plants, mammals, fish, insects, fungi, and even microbes. Fossil evidence reveals how organisms changed over time and what our planet was like long ago.

 

Paleontology Stuff:

Layers of Time

Layers of Time

How do your fossil-sorting skills stack up? Put them to the test with this kid-friendly online puzzle.

Anatomy Adventure

Anatomy Adventure

Reconstruct and identify a fossil skeleton.

Beyond T. rex

Beyond T. rex

Meet some of the more unusual members of T. rex and Velociraptor's family tree.

Buried Bones

Buried Bones

Bury chicken bones in plaster of Paris to see the challenges archaeologists face when excavating fossils.

Drawing Dinos

Drawing Dinos

Learn how to look at a bunch of bones and draw what a dinosaur looked like. 

Face to Fossil

Face to Fossil

Join the inquisitive Deena Soris as she interviews the fossil of a Protoceratops. 

Fighting Dinos

Fighting Dinos

About 80 million years ago two dinosaurs were locked in deadly combat when they were suddenly buried alive. See one of the greatest fossil specimens ever found.

Finding Fossils

Finding Fossils

Anyone can find fossils. This handy guide tells you where to look and what to do.

Going Gobi

Going Gobi

Take a peek inside two paleontologists' scrapbook.

Identification Adventure

Identification Adventure

Reconstruct and identify a fossil skeleton.

In Pictures: Fossils

In Pictures: Fossils

A paleontologist travels to Antarctica to collect fossil evidence.

Living Large

Living Large

Examine fossils and gather clues from experts!

Make Your Own Dino Stationery

Make Your Own Dino Stationery

Send a note to a friend with these colorful letterheads.

Meet the OLogist: John Flynn

Meet the OLogist: John Flynn

Find out how paleontologist John Flynn answered kids' questions.

Meet the OLogist: Mark Norell

Meet the OLogist: Mark Norell

Find out what cool stuff Mark has uncovered.

Meet the OLogist: Ross MacPhee

Meet the OLogist: Ross MacPhee

Ross MacPhee has always loved dirt. To him it means the opportunity to find lost things — from bones and teeth to pirate treasure.

Meet the PaleontOLogists

Meet the PaleontOLogists

Find out what cool stuff Mark, Anna, Max, and Reva have uncovered.

Mesozoic Museum

Mesozoic Museum

Create your own miniature Mesozoic Museum. Don't forget to invite your friends and family to the opening!

Pterosaurs: The Card Game

Pterosaurs: The Card Game

Challenge your friends to this Mesozoic Era card game.

What Do You Know about Paleontology?

What Do You Know about Paleontology?

How much do you know about the Age of Dinosaurs? 

What's the Big Idea About Paleontology?

What's the Big Idea About Paleontology?

Learn about fossils, extremely rare—and valuable—records of the past.