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 - 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 Educationnew for a brief 'Archaeology 101' primer, lesson plans on ancient cultures & archaeological methods (K-12), bibliographies, glossary, and related materials (Archaeological Institute of America).

Birds are Dinosaurs video - A collection of articles, videos, activities and other materials exploring the link between dinosaurs and modern birds. High school and up. Related curriculum materials are available at Dinosaurs : Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries (American Museum of Natural History)

Cave Paintings of Lascaux [UPDATED LINK!] - A virtual guide to the famous pre-historic art found in the paleolithic caves of Lascaux, in France, with background info and lots of photos; use the left-hand menu to navigate. There is also a Flash version of the site. 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)

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)

End of the Big Beasts - Explores theories about why the mammoths and other large prehistoric mammals became extinct. High school and up. (2009, PBS Nova; site includes advertisements)

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 - Basic earth science text covering geologic time, the relative time scale, the radiometric time scale, major divisions of geologic time, index fossils, and the age of the earth. Illustrated; high school and up (1997, U.S. Geological Survey). Evolving Planet videointeractive is avirtual '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) Geological Time Machine is a chart showing the the different eras and their subdivisions. Click on any time period for information on that period. High school and up. (2006, University of California). See also Geological Time (British Geological Survey) and Prehistoric Timeline, below.

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.

Ice Age Life - Simple science activities on fossils, dinosaurs, and the ice age, great for classroom or homework projects. For ages 3 to 11. (2000, Paleontological Research Institution)

Ichthyosaurs - An illustrated introduction to Ichthyosaurs, reptiles that swam in the ocean when dinosaurs walked on land; describes their features, size, behavior, diet, and more. High school and up. Last updated on November 15, 2000. (By Ryosuke Motani, University of California Research Associate)

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)

Mass Extinction video - Entertaining video introducing Earth's greatest mass extinction, which occurred 248 million years ago at the end of the Permian period and wiped out 95 percent of all ocean- and land-dwelling life. The video suggests a likely chain of events leading to the Permian extinction, and presents the evidence supporting this theory. Middle school and up. (2006, PBS Nova; site includes advertisements)

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 (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)

Prehistoric Timeline interactive - The earth has seen an incredible series of changes in its 4.5-billion-year history. Explore them with this interactive timeline (National Geographic; site includes advertisements). On the graphically simpler (and faster-loading) Life Through Time Mural you can click any of the geologic eras along the bottom of the picture for a brief description of the era and additional information about the plants and animals that existed during that era. Click on a plant or animal in the picture for a fossil photo (1998 - 2008, Humboldt State University). Both sites for high school and up. For links to more good prehistory sites, see Best History Websites : Prehistory [UPDATED LINK!] video (EdTechTeacher.org, by Tom Daccord & Justin Reich).

Smithsonian Magazine : Dinosaurs - An assortment of articles on dinosaur history and research. High school and up. (Site includes advertisements)

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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