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Transcript of paleontology

Educational opportunities
Most future paleontologists must complete a graduate degree program, which includes advanced courses in evolution, geology, biology, ecology and more. It takes 7 years to complete these programs. These are the best earth sciences schools for paleontology.

Ranked from 1st to 3rd are:

#1 University of Chicago
#2 University of California- Berkeley
#3 University of Michigan- Ann Arbor
#3 Yale University
Opportunities In Canada
How will paleontology be useful in the future?
Of course, the future is unknown so it will be quite hard to tell what it will bring to this career although as time progresses we will further in this career as well as coming to more conclusions which can open new ideas and further discoveries. Of course, it can potentially offer more jobs and help us figure out what was really going on all those years ago. It will create more knowledge for future paleontologists and anyone else interested, making paleontology a more well known job.
Technology used in paleontology
What is paleontology?

A paleontologist does many different things. Such as, fieldwork, which is locating the fossil beds and excavating the remains. Then there's the identification and assembly of the fossils, which is a continuous job. The process of identifying a fossil requires significant research on it's own. They have to observe the features in a fossil, note the details of various characteristics and then compare them to recorded data on already identified fossils. After the identification stage, as a part of the scientific process, paleontologists present and publish their findings to a larger scientific community, where they then come to conclusions. Compared to other geosciences paleontology is a rather small field to work in. There are around 1 or 2 thousand paleontologists in Canada. Salaries in this field depend on the employer and the level of experience but usually range from $40 000 to $80 000.
Paleontology is the scientific study of prehistoric life. Which includes the study of fossils to determine the organisms' evolution and interaction with each other and their environment.
Radioactive/Radiometric Dating- This is used to date the materials and rocks that are found on site. It is based on the comparison between the observed abundance of a naturally occurring radioactive isotope, and its decay products (using the known decay rates). This is the main source of information for absolute age of rocks and geological features.
CT scanner- Usually this instrument is used in the medical field, but it is also used in paleontology. In paleontology these are used to identify the reptiles and animals that are found in rocks without actually cracking the rocks. This technique which preserves the fossils in their original configuration could help paleontologists identify other hard to access fossils.
In Canada, there are an increasing amount of paleontologists and only a few thousand jobs to go around. Although, as more excavations are taking place, the more identifications are being made which requires more research and it will also require more people to do so. There are multiple places in Canada for paleontology and the opportunities will become greater over time.
Tips for aspiring paleontologists
1. volunteer at a local museum or lab- a lot of paleontology work gets done by volunteers such as, sorting, cleaning, finding and identifying fossil material
2. participate in digs- having fieldwork experience can make a difference on college scholarship applications
3. read read read- if you're serious about paleontology then it is your job to have knowledge about your field.
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