Small finds, big discoveries
Story by Greg Liggett, Geologist (Paleontology), Montana/Dakotas State Office. Photos by Ray Rogers, Macallister College; and Greg Wilson, Burke Museum of Natural History.
One of the primary goals of paleontology is to learn about past environments and ecosystems. Documenting how past ecosystems changed, and the responses of the plants and animals to those changes, can help us predict what will happen in the future. So, it is not all about the past.