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

Roy Chapman AndrewsRoy Chapman Andrews
American
Robert T. BakkerRobert T. Bakker
American

Henry Fairfield OsbornHenry Fairfield Osborn
American

George Gaylord SimpsonGeorge Gaylord Simpson
American

Gideon MantellGideon Mantell
British
Eduard SuessEduard Suess
Austrian
Paul SerenoPaul Sereno
American

Henry De la BecheHenry De la Beche
British

John OstromJohn Ostrom
American

Eugène DuboisEugène Dubois
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Joseph LeidyJoseph Leidy
American

Daniel LiebermanDaniel Lieberman
American
Franz WeidenreichFranz Weidenreich
German, American

Florentino AmeghinoFlorentino Ameghino
Argentinian

Alfred RomerAlfred Romer
American
Kenneth LacovaraKenneth Lacovara
American

Alexander WetmoreAlexander Wetmore
American
Johan Gunnar AnderssonJohan Gunnar Andersson
Swedish

Henk BadingsHenk Badings
Indonesian, Dutch

Marcellin BouleMarcellin Boule
French
Paul GervaisPaul Gervais
French
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Nathaniel ShalerNathaniel Shaler
American
Alpheus HyattAlpheus Hyatt
American

Joachim BarrandeJoachim Barrande
French

William Diller MatthewWilliam Diller Matthew
Canadian, American

Christian Leopold von BuchChristian Leopold von Buch
German
Pierre-Joseph van BenedenPierre-Joseph van Beneden
Belgian

Oliver Perry HayOliver Perry Hay
American

Charles SchuchertCharles Schuchert
American

Kenneth OakleyKenneth Oakley
British

Édouard LartetÉdouard Lartet
French
Jia LanpoJia Lanpo
Chinese

Amadeus William GrabauAmadeus William Grabau
American
William Joscelyn ArkellWilliam Joscelyn Arkell
British

Elwyn L. SimonsElwyn L. Simons
American

Amanz GresslyAmanz Gressly
Swiss
Otto SchindewolfOtto Schindewolf
German

James Scott BowerbankJames Scott Bowerbank
British
Émile HaugÉmile Haug
French

Friedrich August von QuenstedtFriedrich August von Quenstedt
German

Raymond Cecil MooreRaymond Cecil Moore
American

Albert OppelAlbert Oppel
German

William LonsdaleWilliam Lonsdale
British
Joseph Augustine CushmanJoseph Augustine Cushman
American

Frank Hall KnowltonFrank Hall Knowlton
American

C.H. WaddingtonC.H. Waddington
British

Walter Herman BucherWalter Herman Bucher
German, American