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Big Questions in Paleontology

BQBig Questions – Global

What is your BIG Question in Paleontology?

We seek to identify the Big Questions in Paleontology that will motivate research in our field for the coming years.


The goal of the Big Questions project is to develop a community-based vision to guide research in paleontology in the years ahead. To accomplish this goal, paleontologists from around the world were invited to submit their Big Questions and to participate in the working groups that will further develop and refine those questions.

Presently, their are 12 working groups and approximately 175 paleontologists participating in the project. The paleontologists come from several dozen countries and include the full range of career level, from students to emeriti.

Would you like to learn more about this project? Please visit the Big Questions website or contact Jansen Smith.

BQ Publications

What is Conservation Paleobiology? Tracking 20 years of research and development”, Erin M. Dillon et al. (3 master’s and 2 PhD students from the FAU included), Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (invited contribution): Integrating Conservation Biology and Paleobiology to Manage Biodiversity and Ecosystems in a Changing World), 2022


Big Questions Germany

…”geological sciences including paleontology, have been barely visible in ESS … (but) Paleontology with its strong ties to both, life- and geosciences, is thus a key science in ESS”

↪ PaleoG – Big Questions for German Paleontology




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