Paleontologists are those people who are inspired by the passion and desire to get a proper understanding of the history of life on earth. Paleontology is not only thrilling, but it is fun and fascinating as well. Though it never means palaeontology is all games, it is hard work as well. It would be wrong to say that paleontology is easier than the traditional core science specialities such as Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Geology. To be a good palaeontologist, it is necessary for them to know about all of the fields of science, up to some extent. Hence it much appropriate to say that palaeontology resides among the broadest of Sciences.
What do we study in Ph.D. in Paleontology?
It is a big misconception that palaeontology is just about dinosaurs. In fact, it is much more than that; it is the study of the history of life on Earth that is reflected in the records of the fossil. The traces or remains of organisms; whether it be animals, plants, bacteria, fungi or any other unicellular organisms, is known as fossils that had once resided on the earth and now lie in the earth’s crust. There are various categories in which paleontology can be divided such as; invertebrate paleontology that is the study of fossils of animals that lacks in backbones, vertebrate paleontology is related to the study of fossils of animals that have backbones, micropaleontology is the study of fossils of unicellular organisms, biostratigraphy is based on the study of the fossils in rocks that are vertically distributed, Paleobotany is the study of fossils of plants, taphonomy is study of the way fossils are formed and are preserved, whereas, the study of ancient ecosystems and its development is named as paleontology. Usually, palaeontologists are more involved in the study of the evolutionary biology.
The evolution of life on earth, the extinct species and the nature of life in their presence are a few questions that palaeontologists answers. Many species once resided this Earth but are now extinct, a mere specimen that is just part of museums. But though they are just fossils, not living, breathing organism, yet they hold the key to the secrets of the earth and the current life. Hence if said to explain palaeontology in a single statement then palaeontology is science, art, and imagination; that keeps on inspiring a wealth of fascination among students about the historical life and defines about our origins and how humans came into existence in this world. Byjus will be glad to help you in your GRE preparation journey. You can ask for any assistance related to GRE from us by just giving a missed call at 08039513255, or you can drop an SMS. You can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.