Format: Softcover, 64 pages
Publisher: Siri Scientific Press, April 2016
Practical advice for fossil enthusiasts of all ages.
Palaeontology is a rather unique career choice, in that at one point or another most kids (and some adults) want to be a palaeontologist, but very few of them are ever able to realize their dream. However, I expect there are more avenues into palaeontology related work today than there ever have been and the main purpose of this book is to highlight some of the potential routes into palaeontology as a career, or as a more productive pastime than just basic fossil collecting. I wanted the book to be accessible to as broad an audience as possible, from primary school children (or at least their parents) up to those who may be in retirement. After all, it is never too early nor too late to pursue your palaeontological passion!
The author has more than two decades of experience working with fossils in various different capacities, but mainly as a research scientist. He has been involved in many areas, including universities, museums, the media, and the fossil trade. He has written 12 books, almost 100 scientific papers and has undertaken fieldwork and presented his findings at conferences across the globe. His research has involved the latest cutting-edge technologies, such as computed tomography scanning and Next Generation DNA sequencing. He has described numerous new species and also has two species of fossil organisms named after him by other researchers.