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The study of fossils to determine the structure and evolution of extinct animals and plants and the age and conditions of deposition of the rock strata in which they are found.

Welcome to Palaeontology Libguide

Palaeontology is the study of the ancient life forms that have inhabited our earth, and of the fossils that remain behind. Palaeontologists are those scientists who study Palaeontology, are working to understand the types of plants and animals that have lived here, from the beginning of life on earth until the present.

What is Palaeontology

The Palaeontological Society of South Africa

South African Palaeontology links:

Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research,
University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Iziko South African Museum,
Earth Sciences Division, Cape Town

National Museum,
Bloemfontein

Albany Museum,
Earth Sciences Division, Grahamstown

South African Society for Amateur Palaeontologists (SASAP

Non South African Palaeontology links:

Natural History Museum,
London, UK

National Museum of Natural History,
Smithsonian Institution, USA

American Museum of Natural History,
New York, USA

Field Museum,
Chicago, USA

University Museum of Palaeontology, University of California, Berkeley, USA

The Paleontology Portal

Vertebrate Palaeontology
The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

Invertebrate Palaeontology links:

GNS Science, Te Pü Ao, is New Zealand
Paleontology

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
The Department of Paleobiology

Evolution Websites links:

Understanding Evolution
University of California Museum of Paleontology

Evolution: Online Course for Teachers; Lessons for Students

The National Academies Press (NAP)
Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science

University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Institute for Human Evolution

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History - on Human Origins

JF Crow Institute for the Study of Evolution
Human Evolution Teaching Resources

Dinosaurs for Kids

Dinosaurs, fossils and the prehistoric world

Becoming Human