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
My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs
Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by their Trace Fossils
T. Rex and the Crater of Doom
Life: A Natural History of the First Four Billion Years of Life on Earth
The Dinosaur Hunters
The Fossil Hunter: Dinosaurs, Evolution, and the Woman Whose Discoveries Changed the World
Digging Dinosaurs: The Search That Unraveled the Mystery of Baby Dinosaurs
The First Fossil Hunters: Paleontology In Greek And Roman Times
Dogs by Xiaoming WangSabertooth by Mauricio AntónThe Big Cats and Their Fossil Relatives by Alan TurnerThe Aquatic Ape Hypothesis by Elaine MorganWhere the Wild Things Were by William Stolzenburg
Prehistoric Mammals in Nonfiction
27 books — 12 voters
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane YolenAsk DG by Mark  MillerSticks 'n Stones 'n Dinosaur Bones by Ted EnikThe Dinosaur Who Invented Things by Michael SalmonIf I Had a Dinosaur by Gabby Dawnay
Picture Books About Dinosaurs
78 books — 6 voters

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The Best Non-fiction Dinosaur Books
205 books — 68 voters
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History of the Universe and Earth
139 books — 60 voters

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Ichnology, the study of traces
80 books — 2 voters

Palaeontology is the Aladdin's lamp of the most deserted and lifeless regions of the earth; it touches the rocks and there spring forth in orderly succession the monarchs of the past and the ancient river streams and savannahs wherein they flourished. The rocks usually hide their story in the most difficult and inaccessible places.
Roy Chapman Andrews, On the Trail of Ancient Man

Nicole Krauss
Bird asked what a paleontologist was and Mom said that if he took a complete, illustrated guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, shred it into a hundred pieces, cast them into the wind from the museum’s steps, let a few weeks pass, went back and scoured Fifth Avenue and Central Park for as many surviving scraps as he could find, then tried to reconstruct the history of painting, including schools, styles, genres, and names of painters from his scraps, that would be like a paleontologist.
Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

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