Well, it’s that time again. The calendar has flipped, the sun appeared, and the groundhog did not see his shadow so spring evidently is upon us, almost.* The ‘Ology of the month is once more upon us as well, get excited! This month we will delve into…wait for it….PALEONTOLOGY!Now, before you stop reading because you assume that of all the ‘ologies you’ve got this one pegged, I’d like us all to be clear on a few things:
- Archaeology (the study of past cultures)
- Indiana Jones’ profession (yep, that’s still archaeology)
- Irrelevant to modern humans (paleontology affects you, yes, you!) Finds such as Lucy require the expertise of anthropologists, archaeologists and paleontologists to figure out the whole story
- Only the study of dinosaurs-basically it covers ALL old, dead, plant and animal specimens
- A sure-fire career path to sweat and sunburns—check out this link to read about the Burke’s curator Christian Sidor and his team’s latest paleontological research in ANTARCTICA
Here to tell you more about what paleontology is and what paleontologists actually do is the Burke’s curator of vertebrate paleontology, Christian Sidor (pictured above next to Lego Indiana).
ES: Most people think they may know a little about what it’s like to study paleontology--what is something unusual or random that most people would not know?
ES: When you tell people you are a paleontologist, what is usually the first thing they ask or say?
ES: What are some common misconceptions about paleontology?
ES: What’s the most interesting research project you’ve worked on this year?
|Kryostega collinsoni, a Triassic amphibian discovered by Sidor on a previous expedition to Antarctica|