Biology Question #335

Jessica Hawthorn, a 14 year old female from Lac La Biche, Alberta, Canada asks on February 12, 1998,

What experience and education should I get for a career in paleontology?

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The answer

Barry Shell answered on February 12, 1998

A Paleontologist is a scientist who studies the remains of ancient life as recorded in the fossil record. If you are in Junior or Senior High School you should study and do well in:



  • pure sciences like physics and chemistry
  • biology
  • computers
  • mathematics
  • geology
  • languages (French, German or Latin)


For lots more information on how to become a Paleontologist, go to the Tyrrell Museum website.

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