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.

Petrified Wood

Petrified Wood, wood that has been fossilized by being turned into stone. Petrifaction is a natural process that may form fossils from the solid remains of any plant or animal.

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  • 10 Extinct Hominids

    10 Extinct Hominids

    Decades of fossil discoveries have revealed much about the extinct members of our hominid family tree, but we're far from having all the answers. What have we learned from some of these fascinating finds? See more »

  • Can scientists clone dinosaurs?

    Can scientists clone dinosaurs?

    The 1993 movie "Jurassic Park" did a good job of bringing the idea of cloning dinosaurs into popular culture. It portrayed dinosaur cloning in a way that made sense to a lot of people, but is it really possible? See more »

  • Could we resurrect dinosaurs from fossil embryos?

    Could we resurrect dinosaurs from fossil embryos?

    You likely heard that paleontologists uncovered a cache of dinosaur embryos, bone fragments and eggshells in China. You also may recall that we've made crazy leaps forward in genetics and genomics. Can we put the two together and create a dinosaur? See more »

  • Did dinosaurs have feathers?

    Did dinosaurs have feathers?

    Some people believe that dinosaurs were relatives of today's birds. But, you might ask, if that's so, why didn't they have feathers? Funny you should ask. See more »

  • How Anthropology Works

    How Anthropology Works

    Anthropologists specialize in, well, us. But studying humankind doesn't mean you have to hole up in a library or laboratory. Take a peek at this article to learn more about the dynamic, enriching field of anthropology. See more »

  • How Archaeology Works

    How Archaeology Works

    Archaeology is the study of humanity's material remains -- even a piece of an ancient pot can tell us a lot about the past. But how do archaeologists make sense of these relics? See more »

  • How are fossil replicas made?

    How are fossil replicas made?

    Sometimes dinosaur fossils are too large and heavy to display without damaging them. How are those enormous models built? And what makes them look so realistic? See more »

  • How Bioarchaeology Works

    How Bioarchaeology Works

    Archaeologists dig up and study the material remains of human civilizations. Bioarchaeologists do the same thing, except they focus on the remains of, well, us. What's the big deal about old bones and teeth? See more »

  • How can soft tissue exist in dinosaur fossils?

    How can soft tissue exist in dinosaur fossils?

    Crack open any science textbook and the authors will tell you that such things don't happen. So how did a couple of paleontologists and an acid bath turn that widespread belief on its head? See more »

  • How did dinosaurs leave tracks in solid stone?

    How did dinosaurs leave tracks in solid stone?

    It's not a trick; before you are a number of reptilian footprints in the rock. They're dinosaur tracks, preserved for thousands of years. But how did they possibly get there? See more »

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