dinosaur Dinosaurs, Fossils, & Prehistory See also:
HISTORY (Prehistory / Ancient)

Age of the Dinosaurs - Articles on the history of dinosaurs, for middle school and up. (British Broadcasting Corporation)

Ancient Technology UPDATED LINK! - Explains prehistoric methods of making pottery, forming tools from bone or stone, and using bows and arrows. High school and up. (University of Iowa)

Archaeology in Depth INTERACTIVE - Learn about archaeological digs & techniques, and keep up with the latest archaeology news. Includes articles, 3D virtual tours of dig sites, quizzes, animations, and more. High school and up (British Broadcasting Corporation). See also Times Topics : Archaelogy & Anthropology News (New York Times). Archaeology for Kids is for elementary and middle school students (American Museum of Natural History). See Archaeology Education UPDATED LINK! for a brief 'Archaeology 101' primer, lesson plans on ancient cultures & archaeological methods (K-12), bibliographies, glossary, and related materials (Archaeological Institute of America).

Cave Paintings of Lascaux UPDATED LINK! VIDEO INTERACTIVE - A virtual tour of the famous pre-historic art found in the paleolithic caves of Lascaux, in France, with background info; click on 'A Visit to the Cave' to begin The Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc and Megaliths in Morbihan are related sites. (French Ministry of Culture)

Dino Directory - Great directory of dinosaurs, arranged A-Z, or by time period. Excellent pictures (but very little information) on each dinosaur. For all ages. (Natural History Museum, London)

Dinosaur Dig - Facts and games about dinosaurs and fossil-hunting; for middle school students. (San Diego Natural History Museum)

Dinosaur Institute - Illustrated articles on the Origin of Dinosaurs, Evolution & Diversification, Birds & Dinosaurs, Dinosaur FAQ and more. High school and up. (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County)

Dinosaurs INTERACTIVE - Fun games and activities related to dinosaurs, including Build-A-Dinosaur, dinosaur times, dinosaurs tour, quiz, and more; for elementary and middle school students. (Scholastic Inc.; site includes advertisements)

Dinosaurs : Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries VIDEO - Curriculum materials & classroom activities on dinosaurs, fossils, an related topics; for K-12. (American Museum of Natural History)

Dino Trivia - Fun facts about dinosaurs. Use the menu bar to find more on dinosaurs, including a short field guide. (2005, California Academy of Sciences; photos and text courtesy of AMNH)

Fossil Folklore - Detailed exploration of seven fossil types, with excellent illustrations. Also explains what fossils are and how they are formed, and discusses myths about fossils. Middle school and up. (Natural History Museum, London UK)

Fossil Gallery - Photos of vertebrate, invertebrate, plant, fungi, bacteria, and other fossils; browsable by fossil type, location (in US), and/or geologic period (2003, Paleo Portal, University of California et al.). For more fossil images, see Virtual Fossil Museum (by an all-volunteer consortium).

Fossil News - The latest news about fossils, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times. The Times also has pages covering Dinosaur News and Paleontology News. High school and up; sites include advertisements.

Fossils, Rocks, and Time - Explains the way scientists study fossils and rocks to learn about geologic history. Middle school and up. (1997, U.S. Geological Survey)

Geologic Time - Explains basic earth science concepts such as geologic time, the relative time scale, the radiometric time scale, major divisions of geologic time, index fossils, and the age of the earth; high school and up (1997, U.S. Geological Survey). Evolving Planet VIDEO INTERACTIVE is a virtual 'tour through time', describing the various eras and periods in the geologic time scale, and exploring when life began, when mammals first appeared, and when humans entered the scene. Includes a basic overview of each period, plus image galleries, 'evolutionary essentials', video interviews with scientists, multimedia presentations, and more. Middle school and up (2007, Field Museum of Chicago). Click the name of any era along the bottom of the Life Through Time Mural for a brief description and additional information & fossil photos for the plants and animals that existed during that era; high school and up (1998 - 2014, Humboldt State University). See also Geological Time Machine (2006, University of California) and Geological Time (British Geological Survey) For links to more good prehistory sites, see Best History Websites : Prehistory VIDEO (EdTechTeacher.org, by Tom Daccord & Justin Reich).

Hadrosaurus VIDEO - Learn about the first nearly-complete dinosaur skeleton ever discovered, which was found in Haddonfield, New Jersey in 1858. Middle school and up. (2008; by editor / journalist Hoag Levins / Haddonfield Dinosaur Sculpture Committee)

Human Beginnings INTERACTIVE - Describes the evolution of humans, with articles about cavemen, neanderthals, and the development of human intelligence; includes an interactive quiz. Middle school and up (British Broadcasting Corporation). For more resources on human evolution, see the Human Origins links on our Science page.

Journey to a New Land VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Describes what North America was like when the first people arrived during the ice age, and explores how they might have come here. This site has separate versions designed for primary, elementary, middle school, secondary, and post-secondary students; use the menu bar near the top to choose your grade level (2005, Simon Fraser University). See also Ancient Americas (2007, Field Museum).

Life has a History INTERACTIVE - An introduction to the history of life and how it results in the biodiversity of today. You'll learn about geologic time, fossils, ancestral relationships, natural selection, extinction, and more. Separate versions for grades K-4 (Level One) and grades 5-12 (Level Two). (1994 - 2006, University of California)

New Jersey Paleontology and Geology - An overview of rocks, fossils, and dinosaurs in N.J., with information on each geologic period; includes selected links for each topic. Middle school and up. (2003, Paleo Portal, University of California et al.)

Paleontology : Life of a Vertebrate Fossil INTERACTIVE - 'In this multimedia adventure, you will follow what paleontologists do in each stage in the life of a vertebrate fossil : Deciding whether they are worth collecting; getting permission to collect; digging them up and getting them back to the laboratory; preparing fossils for research and exhibition; understanding what they say about past life.' High school and up (2007, Smithsonian Institution). Paleontology for Kids INTERACTIVE has fun facts, interviews, games, and other activities for elementary and middle school students (American Museum of Natural History). The Natural History Museum of London (UK) offers a short Interview with a Palaeontologist, with links to related resources. Paleontology Information offers links to a variety of online resources for students in grades K-12; appropriate grade level is specified for each resource (University of California).

Prehistoric Life - Information about fossils, dinosaurs, and Ice Age mammals. Also includes games & activities. High school and up; focus is on Australia. (Museum Victoria, Australia)

Stone Age Toolkit - An illustrated guide to common Stone Age tools. Also includes related photos from the Fenn (Clovis) Cache of artifacts. Learn how America's Stone Age explorers made the weapon that was essential to their survival in Making a Stone Age Weapon VIDEO. Middle school and up. (2004, PBS Nova; site includes advertisements)

Zoom Dinosaur Information - Read general facts about dinosaurs here (news section has not been updated since 2001), or click on List of Dinos to choose a dinosaur; includes basic information and pictures. For all ages. (1996 - 2010, Enchanted Learning; site includes advertisements)

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