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
Dinosaurs Rediscovered: The Scientific Revolution in Paleontology
Trilobite: Eyewitness to Evolution
Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by their Trace Fossils
Remarkable Creatures
When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time
T. Rex and the Crater of Doom
The Tyrannosaur Chronicles: The Biology of the Tyrant Dinosaurs
My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs
The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs
The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History
The Name of the Rose by Umberto EcoThe Application of Ichnology to Palaeoenvironmental and Strat... by Duncan McIlroyIchnology of New England by Edward HitchcockIchnology by Luis BuatoisThe Study of Trace Fossils by Ralph Wylie Frey
Ichnology, the study of traces
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Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared DiamondSapiens by Yuval Noah HarariTime's Arrow, Time's Cycle by Stephen Jay GouldThe Light Years by R.W.W. GreeneThe Ends of the World by Peter Brannen
Understanding Deep Time
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Mary Anning's Curiosity by Monica KullingRemarkable Creatures by Tracy ChevalierLightning Mary by Anthea SimmonsMary Anning and the Sea Dragon by Jeannine AtkinsStone Girl, Bone Girl by Laurence Anholt
Mary Anning - Fiction & Non-Fiction
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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] ...more
Graham Hancock, America Before: The Key to Earth's Lost Civilization

Richard E. Leakey
I simply would not accede to being forced into this, and would frequently be kept out of classes because of irreverent comments and mocking this religious stuff. Frankly, it stayed with me to this day. In fact, don't get me going. I'm almost as bad as Richard Dawkins on this issue. ...more
Richard E. Leakey

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