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Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

Paleotologists gain experience while in college, both in undergraduate and graduate school, through courses that offer lab and fieldwork, as well as internships. In graduate school, students will conduct an original piece of research to present orally and publish in a research journal. Scientific ability is critical to paleontology as well as analytical skills. During fieldwork, individuals might have to work in remote locations with little supervision. In the process of recreating the look and historical context of the fossil, paleontologists must possess some measure of creative vision.

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