Paleontology is the study of fossils, and of the evolution and extinction events that have helped shape the world around us.

As an undergraduate, you'll gain insight into this discipline through lectures, practicals and field trips on two of our courses: 

  • Paleobiology explores the history of life on earth, the processes that can lead to the preservation of organic remains over geological time periods, and the application of the fossil record to contemporary problems such as climate change
  • Marine Geoscience and Paleoceanography examines the evolution of ocean basins through the interplay between plate tectonics and climate controls, the production and distribution of marine sediments, global sea levels and patterns of ocean circulation. 

If you want to pursue a research career within this discipline, our paleontologists investigate marine and terrestrial environments, and organisms from microbes and plants to giant vertebrates. We have specific interests in Australian megafaunal extinction, fossil corals and coral reefs, paleoclimatology, palynology, radiolarian biostratigraphy and geomicrobiology.