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
Dinosaurs Rediscovered: The Scientific Revolution in Paleontology
The Great Dinosaur Debate: New Theories Unlocking the Mystery of the Dinosaurs and Their Extinction
Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution
Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by their Trace Fossils
When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time
Remarkable Creatures
The Tyrannosaur Chronicles: The Biology of the Tyrant Dinosaurs
T. Rex and the Crater of Doom
My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs
Gorgon: The Monsters That Ruled the Planet Before Dinosaurs and How They Died in the Greatest Catastrophe in Earth's History
The Ends of the World: Supervolcanoes, Lethal Oceans, and the Search for Past Apocalypses

Lewis Dartnell
We are as utterly reliant on fire today as were our Paleolithic ancestors who huddled around a campfire; we've just hidden it behind the scenes of the modern world. ...more
Lewis Dartnell, Origins: How Earth's History Shaped Human History

Elizabeth Kolbert
This is the Mona Lisa of paleontology.
Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

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