Our global presence is quite recent, and although we may look different, we are actually a genetically homogenous species compared to other great apes. This makes most of our differences superficial.
If you're interested in paleontology as a career you will need to get a college degree in a relevant field, such as biology or geology. These majors require taking all sorts of science classes and math courses, too. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do not let this discourage you!! So many students, especially female ones, allow themselves to be intimidated by these STEM classes but there is no need for that. Give yourself plenty of time to study tough concepts and don't be afraid to ask clarification questions or ask for help. Other courses that would be useful in paleontology include geography, computer programming, GIS, anthropology, statistics, and anatomy and physiology.
How cool are dinosaurs? Spain is one of the richest areas in the world for dinosaur remains, and has devoted many museums and theme parks to their ancient predecessors. If you and your family love dinosaurs, come to Spain for a daring adventure.
I am a 21 year-old paleontologist. I live and and work in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska. While what I just said may seem perfectly clear to me, I get a lot of questions about what I do. People think I run around with a bullwhip. People assume I spend my day dreaming about riding dinosaurs.
What the fossil record does is force us to contemplate our place on the planet. We are but one species of several hominids that inhabited planet earth and like our distant cousins who went extinct fairly recently, our time on planet earth is also finite.
When terms like micro and macro are used to bolster the case for creationism or a "designer," the dichotomy is a ruse, along with implications that scientific debate on macroevolution supports assertions of supernatural design.
We often presume to know why certain things are good for us. But when it comes to lifestyles, proving what is good and why proves quite difficult.
In the past week, we have identified four mentor-mentee pairs who each represent a different STEM concentration to kick-off our program. We'll not only explore their specific topics of interest, but also what role education plays in the development of female STEM leaders, and what good mentors should know about aiding the next generation. Here are the topics we'll be exploring and the people with whom we will explore them.
Paleontology is one of many lines of evidence that support Darwin's view of biological evolution. Denying this is just as absurd as claiming that the moon is made of cheese or that "legitimate rape" does not result in pregnancy.
When the group reached the location, instead of the anticipated opportunity to garner a wealth of information, Bell and the others encountered a scene of senseless desecration.
"Alberta ... is one of the richest places in the world," says paleontologist Francois Therrien.
At long last, these creatures who roamed the Continent for hundreds of thousands of years only to become extinct 30,000 years ago under the onslaught of modern humans from Africa are getting a major upgrade by the scientific community.
Teachers do not have the "academic freedom" to distort this evidence. There is a clear, historical link between creationist objections to evolutionary theory and religiously motivated incursions into school curricula.
Mass extinction is finally fighting its way back into the news cycle, thanks to recently scary reports on climate change.
Avid paleontology fans -- and I know there are thousands of you reading this column right now -- may have taken note of the discovery recently of what...
eSarcasm managed to score an exclusive interview with Ardi. Here she talks about what it's like to be the world's first hip hop diva, and reveals the real reasons why men walk upright.