Palaeontology

Palaeontology or paleontology (/ˌpeɪlɪɒnˈtɒlədʒi/, /ˌpeɪlɪənˈtɒlədʒi/ or /ˌpælɪɒnˈtɒlədʒi/, /ˌpælɪənˈtɒlədʒi/) is the scientific study of life that existed prior to, and sometimes including, the start of the Holocene Epoch (roughly 11,700 years before present). It includes the study of fossils to determine organisms' evolution and interactions with each other and their environments (their palaeoecology). Palaeontologist observations have been documented as far back as the 5th century BC. The science became established in the 18th century as a result of Georges Cuvier's work on comparative anat ...more

The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World
Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History
The Great Dinosaur Debate: New Theories Unlocking the Mystery of the Dinosaurs and Their Extinction
Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution
Remarkable Creatures
When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of all Time
T. Rex and the Crater of Doom
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
The Tyrannosaur Chronicles: The Biology of the Tyrant Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by their Trace Fossils
My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs
The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology in Greek and Roman Times
Dinosaurs Rediscovered: The Scientific Revolution in Paleontology
Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth

Graham Hancock
As a paleontologist, [...] I ask the question--why weren't there humans here earlier? I mean, we have dispersal of Eurasian animal species into North America and dispersal of North American species into Eurasia at earlier times. So why shouldn't humans have been here as well? [Quoting Tom Deméré]
Graham Hancock, America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization

Bill Gaede
Geneticists are a group of mathematicians who have taken over the Neanderthal Paleontology Guild. They call the shots now.
Bill Gaede, Why God Doesn't Exist

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