Paleontology has been a way of life for us for at least the past four years. My oldest, who will be turning nine in the next month loves everything dinosaurs, fossils, evolution, and more. She’s determined to be a paleontologist when she grows up, and I am positive she’ll follow through with this goal.
We’ve explored many fossils and natural history museums, she’s interviewed paleontologists, and she’s learned their practices for uncovering fossils. She wants to do field work, though she’s not looking forward to writing all the papers. I think she’ll change her mind on that as she gets older.
In honor of this paleontological love, we decided this month the writing prompts would be all about paleontology.
Paleontology Writing Prompts
Think about the spot you’re sitting right now. What was this exact spot like 100 million years ago. Think about what you already know about paleontology and history, then add on your own ideas based on the scientific evidence that’s out there.
If you discovered a new dinosaur, what would you name it? Why?
What will be the most important things for you to learn if you want to become a paleontologist?
How would the world be different today if dinosaurs still roamed the Earth?
Describe your favorite dinosaur, but don’t name it. Just use descriptions to be as specific as you can.
If Jurassic Park were created today would you visit it? Why or why not?
What is your favorite prehistoric creature?
If you had a pet dinosaur which one would it be? How would you take care of it? Where would it sleep? What would it eat?
Write a poem about the perfect dinosaur.
Scientists found a mammoth with the meat preserved by the ice it was found in. They even tasted the meat! Would you try mammoth meat that was 5000 years old?
Do you think it’s ethical to try to bring mammoths back from extinction? What would be the pros and cons of doing this?
If you were a dinosaur, what would your favorite food be?
Describe the day a meteor hit the Earth causing the dinosaurs to become extinct. What did the dinosaurs see? Do you think they knew there was trouble or did they ignore it?
Imagine you found a dinosaur egg and you brought it home. Later that day it starts to hatch! What comes out of the egg?
While scuba diving in the ocean you come face to face with an elasmosaurus. What happens next?
You’re the curator of a natural history museum. What fossils or other items would you include in your prehistoric section?
Do you have a fossil collection? What have you learned from it?
Have you ever participated in a fossil dig? What fossils did you find?
If you could interview a paleontologist, what questions would you ask?
What do you think flowers looked like in the Cretaceous period? Describe them.
You have the opportunity to jump in a time machine and go back to prehistoric times. When would you go back to? What would you see when you got there? What would you take with you?
If Dinosaurs could communicate with us, what do you think they would have told us?
If you encountered two dinosaurs having an argument, how would you help them resolve it?
What games do you think dinosaurs play together?
Do you have a favorite dinosaur movie?
What got you interested in paleontology? Do you remember the first time you learned about dinosaurs?
If you were a paleontologist, what would your specialty be? Dinosaurs on the land? Prehistoric ocean animals? Paleobotany? Insects?
What would the Wild West be like if people rode dinosaurs instead of horses?
Do you think dinosaurs could fall in love with each other?
If you could only tell someone one thing about dinosaurs, what would that one thing be? Why?