By: Gerard Aninko

What Does a Paleontologist Do?

A paleontologist studies fossils to research life on Earth. Paleontologists study all kinds of fossilized organisms, including plants, animals, bacteria, and single-celled organisms.
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Education and Salary

A paleontologist requires a doctoral degree (taking up to 8 years) in order to have a long and successful career in paleontology although, they can do it with a master's degree or bachelor's degree(4 years). A paleontologist earns a median annual wage of $84,470.

Multiple Perspectives

Paleontologists believe that no human has ever lived during the time of dinosaurs. However in the Bible it says “In six days Jehovah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is” (Exodus 20:11) meaning that Jehovah made dinosaurs when humans were alive unless dinosaurs only lived a few days.

Some people assume that dinosaurs are a different animal. Around 4,000 years ago, the Hongshan culture in China created jade carvings of dragons. A few of them looked similar to dinosaurs possibly possibly meaning the Hongshan culture might have found dinosaur bones and believed them to belong to a dragon.

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Relate Across Time

In the past, not many dinosaurs were discovered. The tools and technology wasn't as advanced as it is now so it was harder to find new dinosaurs without it taking a few years. Now, there has been about seven hundred different dinosaurs discovered. In the future, technology will be more advanced and scientists might be able to bring a dinosaur back to life.


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