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Evolution Special Report: from Especially note the interactive graphic.
Evolution Resources from the National Academies
Dinosaurs - helps students answer questions about dinosaurs: What makes a dinosaur "a dinosaur"? Where did they live? What caused their mass extinction? Students can participate in a virtual dinosaur discovery, follow milestones in dinosaur evolution, and see behind-the-scenes slideshows of the lab environment where vertebrate specimens are prepared for exhibits and research. Test is small and higher level than elementary readers. (NMNH,SI)
Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries - updates what we know about dinosaurs from recent studies of their tracks, how they moved, and their unusual body parts (e.g. spikes, armor). "Extinction" examines the mass extinction 65 million years ago -- the possible causes, how many of the plants and animals alive at that time died out, and which dinosaurs survived. Interviews with paleontologists are included. (AMNH,SI)
Life of a Vertebrate Fossil - traces the journey of fossils from discovery to display. Find out what paleontologists do in each stage a vertebrate fossil's life. Learn about digging up fossils, getting them to the laboratory, preparing them for research and exhibition, and understanding what they say about past life. (NMNH,SI)
Evolution Directory - How does this issue affect your life? Peer-reviewed articles and links from of American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS).
Understanding Evolution - Written for teachers but accessible to the general public, this site provides "one-stop shopping" for evolution education. The web site is rich in content, with sections on the nature of science, evolution itself, the different lines of evidence supporting evidence, evolution's relevance to everyday life, widespread misconceptions about evolution, and the history of evolutionary thought.
NOVA: Origins - Has the universe always existed? What was the birth of our planet like? Are we alone, or are there alien worlds waiting to be discovered? NOVA presents some startling new answers in "Origins," a NOVA miniseries hosted by dynamic astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. This Web site presents many of the facts and ideas in the series as well as interactive programs that delve into these questions and more.
Dino Productions - This Web Site provides you with an extensive resource for your dinosaur needs. Catalog has over 1500 fascinating products.
Science Spot - Links to Dinosaur and Fossil Links
Kid's Web Dinosaur Links - links to pictures of dinosaurs and dino exhibits.
Dino Russ' Lair - Tons of cool dinosaur and vertebrate paleontology information.
Willo: The Dinosaur With a Heart - The information is fascinating and fifteen minutes on this easy to navigate site will be very rewarding for anyone with an interest in these creatures.
Voyage Into Archaeology - The site is organized around interactive story boards, called paths, numbered in the order in which archaeological work proceeds: how to (1) look for sites, (2) decide where to dig, (3) excavate, (4) interpret findings, (5) understand a site in its natural environment, and (6) tell others about what you have learned. Has some flaws, but generally good info.
DINOSAURNEWS - A Webzine that last year delivered 740 dinosaur stories of international interest. This year they'll bring you 750 more! Site has great links to other dinosaur sites.
Visit the site at or get a free subscription to DinosaurNews - Send an email to:
The University of California at Berkeley - website does a great job of explaining "What Paleontology is NOT" by describing the different methods and areas of focus of paleontology, anthropology, and archaeology.
Paleontology at Universities - Glen J. Kuban ( Part of Kuban's Paleo Place, Emporia State University Geology Museum. Evolution entrance to the University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley.
University of California Museum of Paleontology - Hadean Time Article describes the time when the solar system was forming, 4.5 to 3.8 billion years ago, before the beginning of Earth's rock record and the Archaean.
State University of New York, Binghamton - New York Paleontology - Delve into the state's Devonian stratigraphic column and the fossils preserved within it.
University of Arizona - Paleontology - Discover a lexicon of terms related to the study of fossils, especially dinosaurs. Definitions explain scientific and common names and fossil features.
University of Oslo Paleontology Museum - Fossil Gallery - Gallery of fossils on display, including dinosaurs, and a timeline of geological history.
Paleontology Links - Illinois State University - Offers a collection of societies, associations, journals, and dinosaur links of interest to those in the field of paleontology.
University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology - Museum housing a collection of fossils features research collections, a collections database, and related links.
NSTA News Stories - Paleontological discoveries are hot news right now! Discover what's new in old fossils. Use these opportunities to link today's headlines to your science unit on fossils, dinosaurs, or paleontology. Click here for the latest news stories.
The Paleontological Society -
National Center for Science Education - will be posting past issues of the publication Creation/Evolution Journal, first started by the American Humanist Association in 1980, and the first to devote itself entirely to the creation/evolution controversy. The first two completed issues are online. - select Resources from the top navigation bar and then Creation/Evolution Journal from the right side navigation.
The Paleogeographic Atlas Project - this site offers an extremely well referenced resource for paleogeography, paleoclimatology, and paleobotany. Animations, maps, and slide shows are available 290 Ma to present, with the site specializing in the paleogeography of the Permian and Jurassic. Audience: College (or advanced high school) and up.
Articles on the state of Evolution vs. "Intelligent Design" -
Teaching Evolution in School Science Classes by David L. Haury; a paper from the ERIC Digest - Great information to help teachers explain the importance and the history of evolution.
Postglacial Flooding of the Bering Land Bridge - A GEOSPATIAL ANIMATION from the University of Colorado, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) were used to create movies showing how the Bering Land Bridge evolved after the Last Glacial Maximum, about 21,000 years ago. Global sea level at that time was approximately 120 m (400 ft) lower than today. The Land Bridge existed as a vast tundra plain connecting Asia and North America. As the world's glaciers and ice sheets melted over the following thousands of years, rising sea level flooded the Land Bridge -blocking migration routes for animals and humans.` View the animation through large 3.8 MB, medium 1.6 MB, and small windows 0.5 MB (Audience: all)
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
A new 20,000 square foot dinosaur museum in Woodland Park, Colorado. Exhibits include huge marine reptiles, pterosaurs, remarkable dinosaurs, a visible working fossil lab, educational activities, interactive children's area.
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Earth Revealed: Evolution Through Time (program 11). Continuously aired on PBS, this video series is for high school and undergraduate students. The evolution video traces fossil evidence. Annenberg/CPB Resources; site has current broadcast dates and info on how to purchase videos and textbook , study guide, and teacher guide.
A great list of videos about dinosaurs - too many to list here. Go to the DinosaurNews link and then click on Dinomall
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The Teacher-Friendly Guide to the Geology of the Northeastern U.S. by Jane Ansley, 2000. Written as a teacher preparation and information resource, this guide provides teachers with background on the regional geology of the Northeast. Ties in national science education standards and inquiry-based teaching. Contains corresponding student activities for each topic. Designed for middle and high school level science teachers but applicable to any level. Paleontological Research Institution Publications, 1259 Trumansburg Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850; (, $25.


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