So much about palaeontology can be awe-inspiring. From the spectacular views of the places where we find fossils, to contemplating the life of a long-lost creature, to seeing a bizarre skeleton mounted in a museum, fossils have the power to move scientists and non-scientists to a sense of wonder.

Since palaeontologists have existed, there have also been palaeopoems! Scientists so moved by the natural wonders they study that they’ve written poetry about it. Many of these poems have been obscured by history, and they’ve never been collected in one place (until now!). By searching books, letters, archives, and other unexpected sources, Palaeopoems spanning over 100 years of palaeontological history have been compiled here for the first time, along with the stories of how they came to be.

Original artwork by Katrin Emery accompanies each poem and blog post to bring all of these poets together in one unique art style. By including illustrations instead of photographs, the poems achieve a timeless effect, defined by their love for palaeontology and the wonder felt by each scientist.

Our team

The research and work that goes in to Palaeopoems takes place on the traditional and unceded territories of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People. We at Palaeopoems recognize that we are guests on this land. This acknowledgement was made possible through the work of Native-Land.ca and Canadian Association of University Teachers.

Brigid Christison B.Sc. (she/her)– poem-finding and biographies

Katrin Emery (she/her) – logo, portrait illustration, graphic design

Mike Thompson M.Sc. (he/him)– natural history writing

Christina Muxlow (she/her) – website design