Paleontology is, as you know, a science. It has a long history dating back over 200 years. In fact, there were scientists doing paleontology even before the word "paleontology" existed. Many of the early paleontologists were geologists who found fossils. Today, you have to know a great deal about geology to become a paleontologist. On the pages in this section you will find many resources about the history of paleontology and about the science that is happening now. It is important to know the history and learn about the pioneers in this field. Some of their stories are quite exciting!