Resources on becoming an ameteur paleontologist

Hello Wauf
I hope this is the right board to ask. I've loved dinosaurs ever since I was a toddler, now at 23 I want to dive deeper into the matter than ever before the problem is just that I, for different reasons, won't be able to study paleontology so I need to teach myself. Now I just wanted to ask where to start, which topics to cover, book recommendations or generally recommendations on where to get material. From what I have gathered best would be to begin with Taxonomy and Anatomy of reptiles (or maybe just archosaurs?) to identify dinosaur fossils, is my assumption right or what would you say? Thank you very much in advance.

Schizophrenic Conspiracy Theorist Shirt $21.68

Homeless People Are Sexy Shirt $21.68

Schizophrenic Conspiracy Theorist Shirt $21.68

  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Take transition hormones legally change your gender and daily salute Xi's posters.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Not far off.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Make a twitter account where you come up with theories based on nothing

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Also, make sure you call anyone that tells you to look at actual fossils instead of making shit up a chud, conspiracy theorist, transphobe or bigot.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    taxonomy doesn't matter. It's what paleontology produces. If you don't understand how it's produced it's meaningless. Even if you do understand, taxonomy changes every five minutes or so. It's never actually decided. At any given point there are dozens of different taxonomies floating around, and all of them are equally good or bad. You can pretty much ignore it to start.

    Anatomy is what the taxonomies are based on. You need to know anatomy. We start by learning human anatomy because animal anatomy is named based on human anatomy. Once you've learned human anatomy (several years of study for a smart person) you begin studying the anatomy of mammals and then other vertebrates. You may wonder why the frick you should study animals you're not interested in, and the main reason is to know when you see their bones so you can tell a dinosaur bone from a cow bone. The next reason is for purposes of mechanical and behavioral analogy, but that comes later.

    Anatomy is meaningless if you don't know how things can and can't evolve, so you study evolutionary biology. You also need to understand how fossils form and get moved around so you study geology, mostly the igneous and sedimentary geology. You'll need math and cladistics as well. Probably the most important part is going to be philosophy of science so you understand what's going on. Finally you need osteology and morphometrics. After all that you can take classes on how to ID broken bits of dinosaur bones since you don't usually find whole bones or skeletons. However these are college classes and generally not available to amateurs.

    all of this can be found on wikipedia except the parts about ID'ing broken bones. Most amateur paleontologists do none of this and just read a lot of papers on whatever interests them and learn as they go. Which is also easiest to do via wikipedia. In your case you'd have to travel to find dino bones, and even then there's not a lot going on in europe.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Start on wikipedia. No I'm not joking. Find the group you're most interested in and start there. List every species in that group you're interested in and just read the papers that describe them (wikipedia often lists them, but not always - sometimes they're hard to find). You could branch out into comparative anatomy as you move along. It comes up and you'll read those papers also.

    Now if you're talking about field work, that's completely different and involves interacting with - may Allah forgive me for saying this word - humans. That's always going to be a problem. If you're lucky you can maybe find a "dig your own fossils" place or volunteer for a museum to clean some fossils or something, but they're likely only going to consider people studying to become paleontologists.

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Paleontology is straight forward satanic indoctrination. Get your soul in a GOD believing and Bible affirming church now and heed his word!

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      I have studied the special revelation for quite long. Now its time to study the general revelation by discovering Gods creations. I don't see how that is satanic.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        You accept evoluciferianism and reject GODS truth of a young and created earth

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      You accept evoluciferianism and reject GODS truth of a young and created earth

      Your gods name is not "god", it's yhwh. Also called yahvah, as attested to in the r'g veda. He is better known as agni, en, and ignis, the only vedic deity who does not have a sect local to india - because the brahmins that venerated him traveled to become the israelites and the slavs. His supposed feats include lighting a bush on fire, making a deal with shiva to kill some randos, and after accumulating more canaanite followers, upgrading his fire magic to appear as a flaming tornado. Basically everything else is made up, or a fricked up grapevine recollection of mesopotamian accounts of how aliens created man from a lesser ape using DNA sequences from other species to speed up development.

      He's an ancient spirit born of the gestalt consciousness and its conception of fire as a force that possesses willpower and the enlightenment, prior non-literal interpretations of the bible, and christ himself all totally neutered his power by eliminating the belief that he was a primordial force of power, consumption, destruction, and revealing and purifying light. But he is not the god of gods itself. He is, at best, an aspect of such a god, as we all are, part of an incomprehensible eternity, organs in the body of the true divinity, that highest form of being that encompasses us as we encompass our cells and symbiotic organisms.

      Equally likely, and not necessarily contradictory, he is a kind of quantum magic that depends entirely on genuine belief on the part of sentients to even exist. The reason he lies about creating the universe is because man has believed in him, the willpower of fire, for so long that he developed self awareness and hoped to truly become the creator by duping man into believing it. Christ hijacked this by getting people to believe he was the son of yahvah's desired self image, and his enduring after-image is still struggling to become the new god by influencing mortals to create the trinity that he hopes to become the chief component of.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Go back to /x/

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Go back to /x/

        Scoffers who will burn in hell. GODS creation screams of a young earth, but you deny it.

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          The children of the serpent (You) will return to him. Chaos always eats his own.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Mormons and feds (but I repeat myself) will be hunted to extinction.

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Do you have any fossil bearing sites near where you live? Just getting out and looking for fossils can teach you a lot experientially about identifying fossils, different strata, etc.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Unfortunately switzerland was pretty much always covered in water or ice. Not much to find except amonites and the likes as far as I know.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        amonites are cool though, i know theyre everywhere, like trilobites whom are also cool, that doesnt make them not cool. theyre basically snail that decided that walking is for chumps

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Oh I didn't say they weren't cool I fricking love them but once you've seen some you've seen them all. I am also not just interested in the digging but also fossil id and understanding research papers.

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I've got a bone for you to investigate

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Some had feathers.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *