Palaeontology is a science subject. It is the study of ancient animals that have been long dead.
These animals may have died hundred of millions of years ago. A specialist in palaeontology, called a palaeontologist, will find and dig up these bones for studying.
He or she will compare them to other bones from other animals and if they are different then the palaeontologist names it and a new species is discovered. Often these animals are extinct which means that nothing alive today looks like them.
Palaeontologists want to find out as much as possible about these animals. They want to find out what they looked like, what they ate, how they walked or flew and many other things too.
An important part of palaeontology is evolution. Palaeontologists want to find out what animals are most alike so they can tell how closely related they are.
Click on these links to find out more about Palaeontology:
- What is a fossil?
- What is a species?
- What is evolution?
- What is Inheritance?
- What is sedimentation?
- What is preservation?
- What is the Mesozoic?
- What does extinction mean?
Here is a video showing Palaeontologists at work: