What on earth is “paleontology”? Very simply, paleontology is the study of fossils and the history of life on earth. And a paleontologist is a person who studies fossils and the history of life. If you want to learn about it, click on “What is Paleontology?” To learn about dinosaur hunting in the past, click on “The History of Paleontology” over there. If you want to know how a fossil is found and dug up, click on “A Fossil’s Journey” over there. To find out about how those big skeletons you see in museums are made, click on “Building Skeletons”.