The field of science that studies fossils’ ecologies, their evolution and interaction with other organisms, and the environment during period beginning approximately 11,700 years ago up to the present.

Alternative labels

the study of fossils
fossil studies

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Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Paleontology is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Palaeontologist: Palaeontologists research and analyse forms of life that existed in ancient eras of the planet Earth. They strive to define the evolutionary path and the interaction with different geological areas of all kinds of once organisms and such plants, pollen and spores, invertebrate and vertebrate animals, humans, traces such as footprints, and ecology and climate.

Optional knowledge

Paleontology is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Museum director: Museum directors oversee the management of the art collections, artefacts, and exposition facilities. They secure and sell works of art on the one hand, and strive to preserve and maintain the art collection of a museum on the other hand. Moreover, they also manage finances, employees, and marketing efforts of the museum.




  1. Paleontology – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022