Paleontology (9th-10th Grade Paper) Essay

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Paleontology (9th-10th Grade Paper)

What Is Paleontology?
Paleontology is he study of fossils, such as wood, bones, and shells. Those are the most
common fossils, but there are also other types of things paleontologists search for. Such
as soft tissues, tracks, and trails, and even coprolites which are fossil feces. Even
though the fossils these people dig up are billions of years old, there is no minimum age
for a structure to be a fossil.

These paleontologists study the fossils they find to reconstruct the history of the Earth
and the life on it. Like dinosaurs for example, if we did not know they were on the Earth
before our time, what would we think? Would we think that there were aliens before us!?


What Are the Practical Uses of Paleontology?
Natural resources are very important to our economy. A number of the natural resources
come from fossils. Some examples of these would be coal and oil, which comes from the
fossils of plants. An example is the skeletons of algae.

If we did not have these natural resources, what would we use for energy? That is why
paleontology is so important. And if/when we run out of resources, will paleontology be
able to help us again? Maybe they can find another natural resource that is abundant in
our earth.
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