A paleontologist is a scientist who studies fossils. If your basement is filled with fossils found while out on hikes, then you're an amateur paleontologist.

Paleontology breaks down to the Greek for "ancient" (paleo), "being" (onto-), and "study" (-logy). A paleontologist tries to figure out how things were in ancient times by studying their remains in fossil traces. If you are obsessed with all things related to dinosaurs, becoming a paleontologist might make sense for you.

Definitions of paleontologist

n a specialist in paleontology

fossilist, palaeontologist
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Stephen Jay Gould
United States paleontologist and popularizer of science (1941-2002)
Louis Seymour Bazett Leakey
English paleontologist whose account of fossil discoveries in Tanzania changed theories of human evolution (1903-1972)
Mary Douglas Leakey
English paleontologist (the wife of Louis Leakey) who discovered the Zinjanthropus skull that was 1,750,000 years old (1913-1996)
Richard Erskine Leakey
English paleontologist (son of Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey) who continued the work of his parents; he was appointed director of a wildlife preserve in Kenya but resigned under political pressure (born in 1944)
Sir Richard Owen
English comparative anatomist and paleontologist who was an opponent of Darwinism (1804-1892)
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
French paleontologist and philosopher (1881-1955)
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a person with advanced knowledge of one or more sciences

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