Paleontology is the study of prehistoric life on Earth, especially through fossils. A traveller can find museums, as well as dig sites, which tell the story of our planet before mankind.
For the history of Homo Sapiens during the last 50,000 years, see Historical travel.
Too many museums to mention have paleontological exhibitions. Here is a selection of museums with collections beyond the usual.
- National Science Museum (国立科学博物館 Kokuritsu kagaku hakubutsukan), Tokyo/Ueno, Japan. A prominent collection of dinosaur fossils.
- The Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, Highway 838, Drumheller, Canada (From the intersection of Railway Ave S / Hwy 575 and Bridge St / HWY-56 / HWY-9, go north on Bridge St for 1.2 km, crossing river. At well-marked intersection,turn left (west) onto Dinosaur Trail / Highway 838. Go west for 5.2 km. At Tyrrell Museum sign, turn right (north) onto the museum's road, go north for 0.9km to the museum.), ☎ , fax: +1 403-823-7131, e-mail: email@example.com. Tue-Sun (plus Monday public holidays) 10AM-5PM, fall/winter (Labour Day weekend to mid-May). Daily 9AM-9PM, spring/summer (week before Victoria Day to week before Labour Day). A spectacular range of exhibits and activities showing off the rich fossils of the Alberta badlands, from dinosaurs to pollen. Plenty to see and do. Hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. There are a variety of moderate hikes to fossil artifacts, starting from the museum during the summer Adults $10, seniors (65 and up) $8, youth $6, children 6 years and under free; family of two adults and up to 6 children age 7 to 17 $30; two-day tickets available for 1.5 times the single-day price.
- Cradle of Humankind (South Africa).
- Dinosaur National Monument (United States).
- Dinosaur Provincial Park (Brooks, Canada).