You're probably thinking "um, there really aren't that many fictional paleontologists?" and it turns out that you're right to think that. But the silver lining of this catastrophe is that the paleontologist characters who DO exist are really pretty awesome. If you're looking hard enough, you can find a paleontologist on television, in the movies, and even in a book or two. And not even just in Jurassic Park! But who is the best fictional paleontologist? The world needs to know, and you can help!
What does a paleontologist do? They look for and dig up fossils! Isn't that interesting? There are all kinds of things buried in the ground, thanks to millions of years of physical geography. Of course, one of the coolest kinds of paleontologist is a dinosaur paleontologist, because dinos are really just the bees' knees. But, there are lots of other cool things paleontologists do. The field of paleontology is diverse and regularly sheds light on all manner of interesting things, that have been patiently waiting beneath strata of rock for maybe many eons!
Hugging that line between biology and geology, paleontology has no time at all for modern humans. Leave that to the archaeologists, am I right? Ready for a linguistics lesson? Here it is: the world "paleontology" comes from the Greek words for "old, ancient" (palaios), "being, creature" (ontos), and "speech, thought, study" (logos). Cool!Anyway, from Ross Gellar to Alan Grant why don't you vote for your favorite paleontologists in fiction, be it television or the wild world of Hollywood film. There aren't too many, so maybe even rerank the list - it won't take long!