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Being a Palaeontologist

Ask a Palaeontologist

Have you ever wondered what it's like to study fossils? where is the best place to find fossils? or how to become a palaeontologist? Find out in our interview series 'Ask a Palaeontologist' where we ask working palaeontologists from all over the world all these questions and more!

Palaeontologists at work

Being a palaeontologist is an incredibly interesting, exciting, fulfilling and varied job. Here in the Cork Palaeo Group, we work on fossils in lots of different ways. We do fieldwork to find fossils and to collect samples of the rocks in which they are found. We also study fossils that are housed in the collections of natural history museums all over the world. We do tests on fossils and their modern relatives in the laboratory. We also spend time on our computers analysing our fossil data to try and understand patterns of fossil preservation. As a palaeontologist, you can do all of these things in your work, or focus on just some of these, depending on your interests. The images below show members of the Cork Palaeo Group hard at work!

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