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Archaeology and Paleontology

UC Museum of Paleontology
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From evolution to phylogeny to geologic time, this site from the University of California at Berkeley covers all the basics. Excellent navigation makes it easy to reference and cross-reference any creature, time period or topic. The site also includes a useful glossary, special exhibits, catalogues of the museum's fossil collections, an events calendar, related links and background information about the museum.

Becoming Human

Forget those genealogy sites. This is the real source for researching your family tree. The site focuses on a 30-minute documentary in which Donald Johanson¿finder of the famed Lucy fossil¿reviews four million years of human evolution. Along the way, visitors can depart from the tour for more in-depth information on a range of topics in paleoanthropology: they can explore a virtual archaeological dig in Ethiopia, read about reconstruction techniques, eavesdrop on scientific debates involving human evolution and study virtual fossils of many of our key ancestors. In addition, a News and Views section updates ongoing developments in the field and features expert-authored essays in response to readers' questions. And a Resources area of the site hosts related links, an extensive bibliography and a glossary.

Trilobites

Tiny trilobites burst onto Earth's aquatic scene more than 300 million years ago during the Paleozoic era, long before any T. rex reared his massive head. They are the single most diverse group of organisms¿and this site gives a great introduction to their many shapes and sizes. It systematically reviews the eight orders of trilobites¿including their anatomy and behavior¿and lists where to find further information on the Web and in the literature.

Talk.origins

Well, we're not fighting Kansas anymore, but the evolution vs. creationism controversy wages on. This Usenet newsgroup is devoted to that topic, along with many other discussions and debates about biological and physical origins¿including the origin of life, geology, biology, catastrophism, cosmology and theology. An archive offers mainstream scientific responses to the many frequently asked questions (FAQs) and frequently rebutted assertions that arise.

Paleomap Project

From the birth of Earth to the present, this site chronicles our planet's past 1,100 million years. Terrific animations show giant tectonic shifts; beautiful full-color paleogeographic maps reveal ancient mountain ranges and shorelines; new 3-D images and animations depict the changing planes of Gaia's face. Other sections review climate history in depth and predict what the world may look like 50 million years from now.


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