A paleontologist studies fossils.
VIRTUAL JOB SHADOW
Welcome to your first day on the job! Watch this video to see what a day in the life of a paleontologist is like.
What did earth look like 750 million years ago? What types of dinosaurs lived on Antarctica? Here’s a fun activity to try your hand as a paleontologist:
STEP 1: Open The Dinosaur Database (a scientific database assembled by hundreds of paleontologists over the past 20 years).
STEP 2: On the Dinosaur Database page, click to choose a region (Asia, North America, etc.).
STEP 3: Choose your favorite dinosaur from this region.
STEP 4: Be a paleontologist! Use playdough and common household/classroom materials to make a scientifically accurate model of the dinosaur you chose. (For example, tin foil could be used to show scales, cardboard to make teeth, etc.).
STEP 5: Share a picture or video of your dinosaur model with labels in the Student Showcase to build your resume!