Branches of Paleontology

Paleontology is the study of prehistoric life, including aspects as diverse as the fossil record, the history of Earth’s climate and the relatedness of DNA. It also has relevance for astrobiology and the possible development of life outside the Earth….
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Apatosaurus Facts

Few dinosaurs are as aptly named as Apatosaurus, a sauropod whose name means “deceptive lizard.” This enormous Jurassic dinosaur deceived paleontologists for years, appearing as both Brontosaurus (“thunder lizard”) and Apatosaurus. Othniel Charles Marsh in 1877 identified Apatosaurus and, two…
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Anchisaurus facts

It’s often a great distinction to be first at anything, and Anchisaurus (meaning “near lizard”) had the distinction of being the first dinosaur discovered in North America. In 1818, while sandstone in Connecticut was being quarried for building material, a…
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