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Paleontology is a historical science focused on explaining life on earth. The study of fossils can help us answer the question of where we came from.

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How Dinosaurs Work

To see a dinosaur these days, you can visit any number of museums or traveling exhibits. But you don't necessarily have to leave your yard either.


10 Extinct Hominids

10 Extinct Hominids

Fossils of extinct hominids are fascinating finds. Find out what we've learned from these 10 extinct hominids. See more »

Could we resurrect dinosaurs from fossil embryos?

Could we resurrect dinosaurs from fossil embryos?

Scientists found a stash of dinosaur embryos, eggs and bone fragments. Could they resurrect a dinosaur with their findings? See more »

Fossils: From Organic to Rock in a Matter of Millennia

Fossils: From Organic to Rock in a Matter of Millennia

Fossils allow us to draw conclusions about the evolution and extinction of species from the past. See pictures of fossils in this gallery. See more »

The Ultimate Soft Tissue in Dinosaur Fossils Quiz

The Ultimate Soft Tissue in Dinosaur Fossils Quiz

The apparent discovery of soft tissue in a dinosaur fossil has aroused controversy. Take our quiz and learn about the dinosaur fossil with soft tissue. See more »

How Anthropology Works

How Anthropology Works

Anthropology is a dynamic, enriching field of study centering on humankind. Learn about the world of anthropology. See more »

Quiz: Name That Academic Field, Smartypants.

Quiz: Name That Academic Field, Smartypants.

Can you identify different academic fields based on definition and area of study? Test your knowledge with this academic fields quiz. See more »

How Bioarchaeology Works

How Bioarchaeology Works

Bioarchaeology combines traditional archaeology with anthropology -- the study of human culture and history. Learn about bioarchaeology. See more »

The Ultimate Bioarchaelogy Quiz

The Ultimate Bioarchaelogy Quiz

Bioarchaeology blends anthropology and archaeology to learn about past civilizations. Test your knowledge of bioarchaeology with this quiz. See more »

How the La Brea Tar Pits Work

How the La Brea Tar Pits Work

Excavations of the La Brea Tar Pits have yielded some of the most impressive archaeological specimens to date. Learn about the La Brea Tar Pits. See more »

The Ultimate La Brea Tar Pits Quiz

The Ultimate La Brea Tar Pits Quiz

The La Brea Tar Pits have yielded copious amounts of important fossils. Find out how much you know about this fossil treasure trove with this quiz. See more »