Science Links

The American Museum of Natural History Dinosaurs Exhibit
Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries. This exhibition reveals how current thinking about dinosaur biology has evolved and changed dramatically over the past two decades, and highlights ongoing cutting-edge research by Museum scientists and other leading paleontologists around the world. 

Becoming Human
Journey through the story of human evolution in a broadband documentary experience. Brought to you by the Institute of Human Origins, a non-profit, multidisciplinary research organization affiliated with Arizona State University, dedicated to the recovery and analysis of the fossil evidence for human evolution.

Burgess Shale Fossils
The Burgess Shale is an exceptional Middle Cambrian age (about 540 million years ago) fossil locality located in Yoho National Park in the Rocky Mountains, near Field, British Columbia, Canada. The locality is special because of the soft-bodied preservation of a wide diversity of fossil invertebrate animals. The locality has been intensely studied since its discovery in 1909 by Charles Walcott, and has been declared a World Heritage Site. 

The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online
Searchable collection of Darwin's books, articles and manuscripts. Provides both searchable text and facsimile images.

Darwin Day Celebration "Darwin Day is an international celebration of science and humanity held on or around February 12, the day that Charles Darwin was born on in 1809." 

The e-Skeletons Project 
This site provides an interactive environment in which to examine and learn about skeletal anatomy. Virtually view and compare the bones of a human, gorilla, and baboon and gather information about them from our osteology database. Includes features like: high-quality images of bones; labels of all muscles, articulations, and morphological features; high-resolution 3-D renderings of the skeletal elements in both animation (Quicktime) and interactive virtual reality (VRML) format.

Evolution: This View of Life Magazine
This 'webzine' is an online general interest magazine in which all of the content is from an evolutionary perspective. It includes content aggregated from the Internet, following the example set by the Huffington Post, as well as new content generated by our staff of editors and contributing authors in eleven subject areas: biology, culture, health, arts, technology, religion, politics, mind, economy, environment, and education.

Evolution Research News
A research tool for biologists, students, and teachers, covering natural selection, origin of life, phylogenetics, and all other aspects of evolutionary biology, as well as Darwinism, Creationism, Intelligent Design (ID), and associated controversies. (formerly called Evolution Update) 

Evolution Resources From the National Academies
The National Academy of Sciences and its sister institutions have created a website with evolution resources, including information on books published by the NAS, as well as statements, research papers, and other resources. 

Evolution, Science, and Society: Evolutionary Biology and the National Research Agenda 
Report addressing the goals of evolutionary biology, how evolution is studied, how evolutionary biology contributes to society, how it contributes to basic science, and challenges of the future. Written by a working committee representing the major disciplines in evolutionary biology.

Human Evolution Research Center (HERC)
This site contains links to the hominid fossil collections of both HERC and the National Museum of Ethiopia. 

Introduction to Ichnology
This is a good starting point to learn about ichnology (the study of plant and animal traces). By Dr. Anthony Martin at Emory University.

MioMap: Miocene Mammal Mapping Project
A database of fossil mammals in the western U.S., covering the late Oligocene and the Miocene, and featuring interactive mapping interfaces, complete metadata, full data-download capabilities, and data outputs suitable for direct import into statistical programs. Also available are high-quality digital images and original diagnoses of many Miocene type specimens of fossil mammals.

National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
An NSF-funded center, representing a collaborative effort by three universities in North Carolina's Research Triangle (Duke, NC State, and UNC-Chapel Hill), whose goal is "to help foster a grand synthesis of the biological disciplines through the unifying principle of descent with modification."

Paleontology Portal
Excellent source of information about fossils and paleontology. Includes a topographic map of the United States showing geologic time.

sci.anthropology.paleo Homepage
Linked to the homepages of several paleoanthropology discussion lists, this page archives moderated discussions of the evolution of the genus Homo, and more generally of the primates, and related resources on this topic. 

Smithsonian Human Origins Program
The Smithsonian Human Origins Program is the online compliment to the Hall of Human Origins at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. It features videos, images, and other resources about human evolution. 

The Society for the Study of Evolution
The objectives of the Society for the Study of Evolution are the promotion of the study of organic evolution and the integration of the various fields of science concerned with evolution. The Society publishes the scientific journal Evolution, and holds annual meetings in which scientific findings on evolutionary biology are presented and discussed.

The Thomas Jefferson Fossil Collection
Jefferson is rightfully renowned as the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, the third President of the United States, and a champion of liberty. But he was also a central player in the beginnings of American paleontology, at a time when people were struggling with the ideas of fossils as evidence of past life, of extinction, and of an Earth far older than a common reading of the Biblical account.

The "Tree of Life"
A "distributed" site linking many individual pages, each containing detailed discussions of the phylogeny of different organisms. 

The University of California Museum of Paleontology
A treasure-trove of information about evolution! An excellent resource, highly recommended. Good sections for teachers, too.

Wisconsin National Primate Research Center
Information about the activities of the Center, and links to resources for learning more about primates, including images of materials available on loan from the Centers Audiovisual Archive. 


Online Videos

Many excellent videos about evolution are available for viewing online for free. Here are some links to get started.

These videos from PBS and WGBH are excellent starting points for topics in evolution.

Evolution of the whale shows scientists studying the bones of an ancestor of whales, porpoises, and dolphins, produced by Nature, a prestigious, international scientific journal.

See Nature's video The Platypus Genome.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has a series of videos about evolutionary topics and interviews with evolutionary biologists.

The Stickleback Fossil Primer shows students and scientists splitting rocks to look for fossil fish.

In 2006, the National Association of Biology Teachers held a special Symposium on Macroevolution.


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