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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History Logo The Department of Paleobiology - The Life of a Vertebrate Fossil
Level 4 - Unraveling the Story - Branching Out
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Once paleontologists have analyzed their specimen and collected data, they look for connections between their ideas and other scientists' work. This part of their study includes:

  • Reading books, professional journals, and other reference material.
  • Examining other specimens from the same group of animals in their own or in other museums.
  • Meeting with colleagues.
  • Doing more collecting.

Measuring a fossil.

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