I am one of those scientists who studies animals that are dead (although mine are all invertebrates).
This day really helps to highlight the importance of preserving our planet's past. Museums around the country are hosting special activities today. If you're in the New Haven area, check out the Yale Peabody Museum. We've got all kinds of special activities planned that you can find out about here. If you live somewhere else, check out your local museum to see if they've got any special plans to celebrate today!
And just so you know, my love of paleontology began with rugose corals. How about you? What's your favorite fossil?