List of famous paleontologists with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

Paleontologists study the fossils of plants, animals and other organisms in order to understand the forms of life that existed during the prehistoric or geologic times. The work of paleontologists throws light on the earth’s history: catastrophic events, geologic composition, and climate changes. Paleontology is a field intimately related to a number of other sciences like geology, biology, archeology, biochemistry, mathematics, and anatomy among others. Some paleontologists may work on field on sites locating fossil beds and excavating remains. Even though this is an important part of their work, most of the times paleontologists do not have to visit the fossil sites themselves, often specimen discovered by other professionals while working on mining or petroleum sites are sent to the paleontologists for examination. They determine the age of the fossils using sophisticated techniques and observe the features to identify the species. The findings of their research provide vital insight into the earth’s history and evolution of life forms. Paleontologists primarily work in research or in teaching jobs. This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous paleontologists from all over the world.

Richard OwenRichard Owen
British

William BucklandWilliam Buckland
British

Mary LeakeyMary Leakey
British

Tim FlanneryTim Flannery
Australian

Robert T. BakkerRobert T. Bakker
American
Henry Fairfield OsbornHenry Fairfield Osborn
American

Roy Chapman AndrewsRoy Chapman Andrews
American

Gideon MantellGideon Mantell
British

George Gaylord SimpsonGeorge Gaylord Simpson
American
Henry De la BecheHenry De la Beche
British
Eduard SuessEduard Suess
Austrian

Paul SerenoPaul Sereno
American

John OstromJohn Ostrom
American

Eugène DuboisEugène Dubois
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Joseph LeidyJoseph Leidy
American

Daniel LiebermanDaniel Lieberman
American
Franz WeidenreichFranz Weidenreich
German, American

Alfred RomerAlfred Romer
American

Florentino AmeghinoFlorentino Ameghino
Argentinian
Kenneth LacovaraKenneth Lacovara
American

Alexander WetmoreAlexander Wetmore
American
Johan Gunnar AnderssonJohan Gunnar Andersson
Swedish

Otto SchindewolfOtto Schindewolf
German

David M. RaupDavid M. Raup
American
Paul GervaisPaul Gervais
French
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Nathaniel ShalerNathaniel Shaler
American
Marcellin BouleMarcellin Boule
French

William Diller MatthewWilliam Diller Matthew
Canadian, American

Joachim BarrandeJoachim Barrande
French

Pierre-Joseph van BenedenPierre-Joseph van Beneden
Belgian
Alpheus HyattAlpheus Hyatt
American

Christian Leopold von BuchChristian Leopold von Buch
German

Amadeus William GrabauAmadeus William Grabau
American

Édouard LartetÉdouard Lartet
French

Oliver Perry HayOliver Perry Hay
American
Jia LanpoJia Lanpo
Chinese

Charles SchuchertCharles Schuchert
American
Kenneth OakleyKenneth Oakley
British

Amanz GresslyAmanz Gressly
Swiss

Elwyn L. SimonsElwyn L. Simons
American
James Scott BowerbankJames Scott Bowerbank
British

Friedrich August von QuenstedtFriedrich August von Quenstedt
German
William Joscelyn ArkellWilliam Joscelyn Arkell
British

Albert OppelAlbert Oppel
German

Émile HaugÉmile Haug
French

Joseph Augustine CushmanJoseph Augustine Cushman
American

William LonsdaleWilliam Lonsdale
British
Raymond Cecil MooreRaymond Cecil Moore
American

Frank Hall KnowltonFrank Hall Knowlton
American

C.H. WaddingtonC.H. Waddington
British

Walter Herman BucherWalter Herman Bucher
German, American
Alcide d'OrbignyAlcide d'Orbigny
French
Karl Alfred, knight von ZittelKarl Alfred, knight von Zittel
German