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Which are the names of scientists who study fossils?
Question Date: 2016-10-20
Answer 1:

Thank you for the great question.

Many different types of scientists study fossils, but generally they are called paleontologists. These researchers find and examine fossils to answer questions about the evolution, biology, and ecology (the environment) of extinct organisms.

Paleontology has a very long history, with scholars in ancient Greece and China recognizing that fossil remains were of organisms that no longer exist. A scientist named George Cuvier in the 1800s was the first to conduct the scientific study of fossils and is considered the founder of paleontology. More recent famous paleontologists include Sue Hendrickson, who discovered the largest and most complete T. rex fossil, and Luis Alvarez, who found evidence as to why the dinosaurs went extinct (in addition to winning the Nobel Prize in Physics).

Paleontology, however, does not include the study of the fossils of humans and human ancestors. Rather, this is the job of biological anthropologists, including paleo-archaeologists, who study the evolution and biology of ancient humans. Famously, Donald Johnson discovered the fossil now known as Lucy, which is the most complete example of a human ancestor called Australopithecus afarensis. Another researcher, Mary Leakey, found the first example of tool use in our history by a species called Homo habilis.

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Answer 2:

A scientist that studies fossils is called a "paleontologist". Neil Shubin is a paleontologist. You can hear him talk about paleontology and evolution in the PBS tv show he stars in: "Your inner fish"

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Answer 3:

We're called paleontologists. I (Andy Simpson) am one of them. At UC Santa Barbara, where ScienceLine is based, has five paleontologists on the faculty whom I know: these are (in alphabetical order) Stanley Awramik, John Damuth, Suzanna Porter, Bruce Tiffney, and Andre Wyss.

Answer 4:

Scientists who specifically study fossils are called Paleontologists ("paleo" is the root word for ancient, or old). Many geologists also study fossils ("geo" is the root word for the earth. Geologists study rocks and the earth). Geologists study fossils to learn more about the rocks containing the fossil, whereas paleontologists are the real masters of learning fossils and interpreting them.

Some famous paleontologists are Phil Curie in Canada, and Jack Horner in the USA (he consulted in the Jurassic Park movies).

Answer 5:

Scientists who study fossils are called paleontologists. Some famous paleontologists are:

- William Buckland, who discovered a number of ancient animal and plant fossils;
- Charles Darwin, who studied a lot of animals and animal fossils around South America and later used his findings to come up with his famous theory of evolution;
- Henry Fairfield Osborn, who studied fossils of Tyrannosaurus rex and gave the species that name; and
- Charles Walcott, who discovered some of the most ancient fossils, Cambrian fossils in the Burgess Shale.

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