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A selection of interesting and useful web resources

The Learning Zone A great kid friendly site for getting started on all aspects of natural history

Virtual field trip to the Austin Chalk A look at the classic type localities for the formations that comprise the Austin Group. Produced by Jason Lunquist while he was completing his doctorate at UTDGS.

Cretaceous fossils of Texas One of the most useful pages for helping to ID those fossils you just found. Keith Minor and friends have produced an excellent resource, continually updated and thoroughly researched. [NB site is being redesigned]

Rudists An introduction to the world of aberrant bivalves of the Jurassic and Cretaceous -the rudists. This extensive page was developed by Thomas Steuber.

The echinoid directory One of the most outstanding web pages covering echinoids. Created by Andrew Smith at the Natural History Museum in London.

Tertiary molluscs of France A really well organized page concentrating on the Eocene and Miocene produce by Nicholas Demassieux

Rob's Granite page An excellent and fun page covering the granites of Llano area. It is a fascinating site, interesting for the professional or the complete novice.

Catalogue of Meteorites The most extensive global source of meteorite information, the taxonomic database of meteorite finds and falls.

Exogyra galore A useful compendium of Cretaceous Exogyra "oysters" developed by Charles Newsom.

The Cephalopod Page A great resource for living cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus) created by James Wood at Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences.

NMITA Neogene Marine Biota of Tropical America Biotic database of images and data covering taxa existing over the last 25 million years in tropical America. Contains an excellent coral identification key.

Paleo Portal An ever growing portal to things paleontological. Search several different museum collections via the portal or just learn about fossils. Produced by several groups with major input from Univeristy of California at Berkeley Museum of Paleontology.

The Paleointegration Project Combination of global fossil databases and sedimentary rock databases.

Florida Museum of Natural History

Natural History Museum The NHM web page provides a wealth of fascinating material, this page takes you to some of their research projects

Try this site at Scripps Institution of Oceanography for an interesting, interactive, introduction to the Earth's tectonic plates and how their movement was been tracked initially by fossil finds, and take a look into the interior structure of the Earth as well.

North American paleogeographic maps A useful series of paleogeographic maps assembled by Ron Blakey at Northern Arizona University.

Paleomap Project A series of useful animations illustrating the plate movements over the last billion years.

A tapestry of time and terrain Produced by the USGS, this web page provides a series of maps combining geology and topography.

Looking for more about earthquakes along with some great lesson plans to go the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program

Paleontology Database Network A site hosted by UCMP Berkeley which promotes communication about electronic databases in paleontology.

More Interesting Paleontology:

How are fossils formed? Follow the journey of making a fossil
What can fossils tell us? Fossils and science  
Tracking biological change over time 
New ways to study some fossils. Computed tomography
Paleontology and science education

If you are interested in conservation and management, these particular sites are more specific to those aspects of collections.

If you have sites that we have missed and you think are appropriate for inclusion on this list please do let us know about them [Contact: Ann Molineux ]

 

 

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