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Citizen paleontology

In light of recent amateur contributions to paleontology, Lisa Gardiner blogs about three paleontology-focused citizen science projects.

Citizen paleontology

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Although citizen science is often talked about in the context of making observations, it can also be about making discoveries. Amateur astronomers are most known for this kind of contribution to science, but amateur paleontologists  have also long been unearthing historically and scientifically important pieces of the past.

Lisa Gardiner shares an overview of three paleontology-based citizen science projects, in a blog post on TalkingScience (part of NPR's Science Friday initiative). Participants don't just dig into the science of paleontology, they also help advance understandings of ecology and climate change.

Big thanks to Lisa for sharing this post, and for TalkingScience for regularly covering citizen science projects. Read more TalkingScience posts on citizen science by Lisa and others.

Do you lead a paleontology or other geoscience-based citizen science project? There's a call for presenters for citizen science sessions at AGU, deadline August 4th, 2011.  Abstracts from 2010 AGU sessions on citizen science cover a wide range of interests and activities.

Citizen science, volunteer monitoring, participatory action research... this site supports organizers of all initiatives where public participants are involved in scientific research.

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