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What is palæontology?

Literally, the word translates from Greek παλαιός + ον + λόγος [ old + being + science ] and is the science that unravels the æons-long story of life on the planet Earth, from the earliest monera to the endless forms we have now, including humans, and of the various long-dead offshoots that still inspire today. This community is open to anyone interested in paleontology, fossils, and evolution.

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How do paleontologists know which dinosaur a fossil belongs to?

When a dinosaur fossil is found, how do scientists determine which dinosaur/family it belongs to? Especially if it's just a fragment. When a fossil was found of a spinosaur sail, how do they know it was a sail?

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2024/05/18
02:56 UTC

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Anyone know good AP classes to take to get into Paleontology?

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2024/05/18
02:53 UTC

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Comparative "Fitness" in Aquatic Lifestyles: Toothed Cetaceans vs Icthyosaurs

Icthyosaurs and cetaceans; out of the various "returners" to the water, these are probably my two favorite groups of animals. I'm also incredibly fascinated by the convergent evolution between the two; yet I'm more so curious about how the two groups of animals compare to each other. Let's thus stray away from "who would win in a fight: [X] or [Y]" format and now bring up a new, perhaps more accurate to real life format: "who would outcompete the other".

If you took a population of one species of icthyosaur, and one of a species of toothed cetacean of comparative size, and dropped them in the same region, who would be more likely to outcompete the other into extinction? What advantages does a cetacean's behavior/body plan have, versus that of an icthyosaur (based on what little information we have gleaned from fossils to hypothesize/theorized in the first place)?

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2024/05/18
02:15 UTC

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Is this there any truth to this ? Has anyone actually found fossils of these dinosaurus in California?

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2024/05/18
02:15 UTC

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Anyone know what the environment of the Iren Dabasu Formation was like 96 million years ago?

So, pretty soon, I plan on starting a short story that follows a pair of Gigantoraptors from the moment they meet to when their chicks hatch. And as someone who highly values detail and accuracy, I want to get a good idea of what the environment was like. Though it’s been tough trying to find what I’m looking for as far as plants and such.

At the very least I’ve found out the environment had a floodplain, a lot of rivers and angiosperms resembling modern walnut and mistletoe trees. Anyone else able to help add info this?

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2024/05/17
23:42 UTC

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What is the objectively best preserved dinosaur specimen

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2024/05/17
17:12 UTC

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Saw this on the beach and thought it looked like a footprint?

Probably just happens to look like one but thought I’d check.

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2024/05/17
16:24 UTC

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Intraguild interactions among carnivorans of the last glacial: The case of wolves and bears from Muierilor Cave, Romania

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2024/05/17
12:41 UTC

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My Otodus Teeth fossil

I buy that from İnstagram is this a real fossil? He say thats Otodus obliquus teeth fossil

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2024/05/17
11:25 UTC

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What career is better?

Hello! Currently a striving student trying to get their PhD (eventually) in paleontology. What I need to know is this: Is it better to work towards a degree in EEB (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) or General Biology if I want to pursue paleontology for my masters and PhD. My dream job is to be a paleontology professor and I'm torn between which one would be better. I've also seen some people tell me that earth science is also a good pathway, but I'm just not sure and i was hoping someone with experience in this matter could help!

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2024/05/17
09:12 UTC

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Anyone else tired of using taxonomic genus as common names for a single species

Merchandise often use words like "Smilodon", "Stegosaurus", "Dimetrodon" or "Allosaurus" for oversimplyfications which mislead people on what the words actually means. This is like saying Panthera, Ursus and Homos are all a single species. Also don't get why even documentaries use this oversimplyfication (for example in Walking with Beasts Smilodon populator was named simply as "Smilodon"). But I think people need to recognize difference between genus, species and subspecies and the difference between common name and scientific name because without gaining knowledge we would see real life in a distorted way (for example we would believe satellites and planets are the same thing).

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2024/05/17
05:39 UTC

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About the chickenosaurus project

Wouldn't a cassowary be a better suitable candidate? Look at it's feet and head. Looks perfectly like a dinosaur.

https://preview.redd.it/lmlkn7sicv0d1.png?width=800&format=png&auto=webp&s=ac5d2d4471f728a2b137f46dd984e75756c45fa0

25 Comments
2024/05/16
22:58 UTC

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A question I wanted to ask

Is the term “Mammal like reptile” still accurate when referring to synapsids such as Dimetrodon?

4 Comments
2024/05/16
18:21 UTC

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Can I pursue paleontology with a major in neuroscience (possibly with a biology minor)?

So I’ve always wanted to be a paleontologist, but due to parental gaslighting I’m in college as neuroscience major and pre med. I will be starting my junior year next semester, so think it’s too late for me to switch to a biology degree if I want to graduate on time.

If I decide to couple a biology minor with my degree would it still be possible to become a paleontologist through grad school?

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2024/05/16
17:19 UTC

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Can everyone answer this quiz I'm making?

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2024/05/16
17:19 UTC

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What dinosaur is this ?

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2024/05/16
17:06 UTC

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Speculative Sauropods Vocalizations

I asked a while ago how sauropods would have sounded. And the general concensus was that we probably wouldn't have been able to have heard them with how much air was moving around their bodies at frequencies we either wouldn't have been able to hear, if not barely at all. But let's say we took a dwarf sauropod like magyarosaurus or europasaurus. How would they have sounded? With their smaller sizes, I would assume we would have been able to hear them much better. To follow that, would it be safe to assume that if we "scaled" their speculated vocalizations correctly, would that be a decent guess as to how medium and even large sauropods sounded?

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2024/05/16
16:16 UTC

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Is being a Paleontologist worth it?

I'm still in high school, but I used to want to be a paleontologist. My parents have been against the idea for the longest time, but I am still pursuing it at the moment

My parents have thrown every awful part of it to me, so I'm still curious if it's worth it and what are some of the good parts of it?

25 Comments
2024/05/16
16:04 UTC

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How would a sauropod react to a human?

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2024/05/16
13:39 UTC

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Any good bookson Mary Anning?

Just curious if there’s any recommended reads regarding her and her contributions to the field

1 Comment
2024/05/16
13:20 UTC

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Question, why is Xenoceratops' nickname mean "alien horned face"?

Just a genuine question that I want to ask. I also like the name of the dinosaur as well, so I'm curious to see why this guy is called that.

9 Comments
2024/05/16
12:48 UTC

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Almost all of marine reptiles, including extinct ones, have larger front limbs than hind limbs, but only mesosuchians have smaller front limbs than hind limbs.

Since I'm just a Japanese university student who tries

I've spent nearly 3 hours searching why this happens, but still I don't know why.Since I'm just a Japanese university student who tries to improve my English ability, when I said something grammaticaly wrong, please tell me.

7 Comments
2024/05/16
11:25 UTC

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