Question: What challenges do paleontologists face?

Yet at the outset of the millennium, three inter- connected, troubling challenges confront paleontol- ogists: 1) a shrinking job market, 2) diminishing funding sources, and 3) heightened commercial- Page 2 SHIMADA, ET AL.: GREATEST CHALLENGE TO 21ST CENTURY PALEONTOLOGY 2 ization of fossils.

What is paleontological evidence?

Paleontological Evidence Fossils are the geological remains and scientific traces of organisms in the past excavated from the soil. An example of paleontological evidence is the presence of rings on the surface of an oyster which represents the number of years of its life.

Whats the big idea about paleontology?

Paleontology is packed with mysteries about living things such as plants and animals that lived thousands, millions, and billions of years before the first modern humans. To solve these mysteries, paleontologists use fossils. Fossils are the remains or traces of ancient life that are usually buried in rocks.

What are some disadvantages of using the fossil record?

The fossil records suffer from 3 types of bias: temporal bias, geographic bias and taxonomic bias. Fossil of certain geologic time may be easier to find as compared to those or other era, such as newer fossils are easier to find than older ones. Plate tectonics causes loss or displacement of fossils.

What is the difference between paleontology and Archaeology?

But while these two fields often work together, they are quite different. Paleontology is the study of fossils, while archaeology is the study of human artifacts and remains. Paleontologists uncover and study these fossils, attempting to understand what life was like on Earth long ago for all organisms.

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