dinosaur Dinosaurs, Fossils, & Prehistory See also:
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Age of the Dinosaurs [Archived page] - 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 [Archived page] INTERACTIVE - Articles, quizzes, animations and other materials to help you learn about archaeological digs & techniques; high school and up (2011, British Broadcasting Corporation). Archaeology for Kids INTERACTIVE is a colorful, fun site for elementary and middle school students (American Museum of Natural History). See Archaeology Education for a brief 'Archaeology 101' primer, lesson plans on ancient cultures & archaeological methods (K-12), bibliographies, glossary, and related materials (2007 - 2017, Archaeological Institute of America; site includes advertisements). For the latest developments in the field, see Times Topics: Archaelogy & Anthropology News (New York Times).

Cave Paintings of Lascaux 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)

Dinosaur Dig [Archived page] - Facts and games about dinosaurs and fossil-hunting; for middle school students. (2011, 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)

Dinosaur Train: Interactive Field Guide AUDIO VIDEO INTERACTIVE - Profiles for many species of Cretaceous and Jurassic dinosaurs, mammals, and reptiles, with proper name pronunciation and information on diet, size, and bone structure. For grades PreK - 2. (PBS)

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: Activities and Lesson Plans VIDEO - Curriculum materials & classroom activities on dinosaurs, fossils, and related topics; for K-12. (American Museum of Natural History)

Eons VIDEO - A collection of videos on the history of life on Earth, from the dawn of life through the Age of Dinosaurs, right up to the end of the most recent Ice Age. (PBS, videos hosted on YouTube; site includes advertisements)

Fossil Gallery - Photos of vertebrate, invertebrate, plant, fungi, bacteria, and other fossils; browsable by fossil type, location (in US), and/or geologic period (2003 - 2014, 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; scroll down to the 'Articles About Fossils' section for the most recent articles. The Times also has pages covering Dinosaur News and Paleontology News. High school and up; sites include advertisements.

Geologic Time: Evolving Planet VIDEO INTERACTIVE - 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). Prehistoric Life [NOTE: Some media features may not work.] offers information about the evolution of life over the geologic time periods, plus related games & activities. High school and up; focus is on Australia (Museum Victoria, Australia). See also Geological Time (British Geological Survey).

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 [Archived page] - Examines the evolution of humans, with articles about cavemen, neanderthals, and the development of human intelligence. Middle school and up (ca. 2003, British Broadcasting Corporation). For more resources on human evolution, see Human Origins and related links on our Science page.

Journey to a New Land [Archived page; some media features may not work.] 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. The Multimedia Library includes videos, photos, interactive games, interactive timeline, illustrations and simulations (2005, Simon Fraser University). See also Ancient Americas [Archived page; some media features may not work.] (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. For grades K-4. (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 - 2014, Paleo Portal, University of California et al.)

Paleontology for Kids INTERACTIVE - Fun facts, interviews, games, and other activities for elementary and middle school students (American Museum of Natural History). Paleontology Information INTERACTIVE offers links to a variety of online resources for students in grades K-12; appropriate grade level is specified for each resource (1994 - 2014, University of California).

Stone Age Toolkit - An illustrated guide to common Stone Age tools. Also includes related photos from the Fenn (Clovis) Cache of artifacts. 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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