Permian Period, the geologic period that began about 280,000,000 years ago and lasted 55,000,000 years. It is named for Perm, Russia, where rocks of the period were first studied systematically. The Appalachian and Ural mountains were formed during the Permian Period, and the colorful red rocks of the southwestern United States are mostly of Permian age.
In "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," Dr. Jones battles the Nazis for the Holy Grail. Did the Nazis really have an interest in archaeology? And if so, what fueled it?
Paleontology, the study of fossils, or plant and animal remains from past geologic time.