Vertebrate Paleontology

This is a fossilized pterodactyl.

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Paleontologist usually work at colleges or universities as a teacher or a instructor. But I don't want to be that kind of paleontologist. I want to the kind of paleontologist who works with museums and historical exhibits. Other kinds are for government departments as mapping or geological stuff, mining companies, and self-employments as consultants for academics and industry.

Job Purpose

Paleontologist can unmask Earth's mysteries. They find fossilized organisms and once they find them, they find facts on that organism or the history of Earth. It said official paleontology practices started in the early 1800s but it could have started earlier,.


If you are in the field of paleontology, you basically study fossils, from the smallest bacteria to the largest animal that ever roamed the Earth. There are other areas in paleontology. There's micropaleontology which is the study of fossils of single-celled organisms, paleobotany is the study of plant fossils, taphonomy is the study of how fossils form and are preserved, biostratigraphy is the study of the vertical distribution of fossils in rocks, paleoecology is the study of ancient ecosystems and how they developed, vertebrate paleontology is the study of fossils of animals with backbones, and invertebrate paleontology is the study of fossils of animals without backbones. I personally want to be both invertebrate and vertebrate paleontologist.


You should have a good education in science, specially geology and biology and you need to be good at mathematics, chemistry, 2nd language, and physics. Some tech skills you need is with computers, microscopes, X-rays, CT scanners (CT scanner can rotate in a complete circle which allows people to make a 3-D model of bones and tissues of the organism) and more, all of which is essential to becoming a paleontologist. You also need a Masters degree and a PhD.

Earnings of a Paleontologist

In the US, the average salary of workers in the paleontology group earns &82,500 per year. The lower 10% in the group earns less than $43,820 per year. The top 10% in the groups earns more than $160,910 per year.


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