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What Is It Like To Be A Paleontologist?

Please tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
I am a Ph.D. student at the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida, majoring in vertebrate paleontology, with a minor in science education. I completed my bachelor’s degree in marine biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. I am interested […]

Saber-Toothed Cats

The La Brea Tar Pits is a group of tar pits in Los Angeles where asphalt forms naturally and seeps up from the ground. These pits have been there for thousands of years. Sometimes animals wandered into the area and would get trapped in the tar. When this happened, the bones would be preserved. Scientists […]

La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

The La Brea Tar Pits is a National Natural Landmark that is in the middle of downtown Los Angeles in California. The tar pits were discovered by the Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portola in August 1769. Tar pits are created when crude oil from deep in the ground seeps through the surface soil. The sun […]

What Makes Lightning?

We’ve all experienced thunderstorms and lightning. When lightning ashes and strikes the ground, it can be both an amazing and scary experience. But have you wondered how lightning forms?

Scientists have wondered this as well. The primary theories involve something called “charge separation” (we’ll get to that shortly), which leads to the generation of an […]

Truman’s Letter – June 2017

Hi, Kids!
I found a cool rock with a shell imprint in it. My teacher told me it’s called a fossil. I can’t wait for you to learn what I found out about how fossils are made! I had no idea there were so many kinds of fossils! Check it out in the “Connections” […]

Orbiting Earth From Pole To Pole

Did you know that when you check the weather on your phone or watch your local weather forecaster on TV, you’re actually looking at information from a faraway satellite?

In 2017, a new satellite will be launched that will give us a better understanding of Earth’s climate and environment. It is part of a mission […]

Amber Art

Amber is a kind of fossil made from resin. Resin is a substance that plants and trees produce to help protect themselves from disease and injuries. A tree might produce resin when a branch is broken or an insect harms the tree. In addition to preserving ancient animals, amber is also incredibly beautiful. Humans have […]


Ticks spread Lyme disease to people and other animals. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that, in humans, untreated Lyme disease can create an array of symptoms, depending on the stage of infection. Anyone who has spent time outdoors should be aware of the potential symptoms, which can include fever, rash (classic erethema […]

How many kinds of fossils are there?

Fossils are an important source of information. Whether it is a body fossil, like a shell or bone, or a trace fossil, like a dinosaur footprint or coprolites (petrified animal droppings), each one has a story to tell. ey can tell us a lot about plants and animals that lived a long time ago and […]

Fossil Dig

A paleontologist is a scientist that studies fossils. There are many ways and methods for these scientists to do their work. One common and important rst step is excavating the fossils. This means removing the fossils from where they are buried. Even when the fossils are huge, this is very delicate work. ere is a […]