Resources for K-12 Teachers and Students

Resources listed below are of particular interest to K-12 teachers and students.
K-12 URL denotes a K-12-specific entryway to a general resource. Sites that have an associated Teacher's Guide appear with this symbol:.

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Collecting and Legalities

Where to Collect Fossils (showing 1 of 1 listings)

T-RAT.COM: All things ancient in Arizona: Website contains content on: general paleontology; identification of fossils; how to collect and preserve fossils; exhibits and museums with fossils; where to find fossils in Arizona and associated geologic setting; geological time; simplified taxonomy of each phylum dinosaurs of Arizona; fossils from each geological time period.

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Career Paths (showing 1 of 1 listings)

Paleoprofile of Kristi Curry Rogers: Biographical sketch of paleontologist Kristi Curry Rogers. Learn about her work in dinosaur paleontology in Montana and Madagascar.

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Degree and Certificate Programs (showing 3 of 7 listings)

Queens University Department of Geological Sciences and Geological Engineering: Description of the department's research emphasis in Sedimentology, Sedimentary Geochemistry and Paleobiology.

University of Toronto Department of Geology: A research emphasis in Geobiology is offered.

Earth Sciences, National Autonomous University of Mexico: Masters and Doctorate programs in the Earth Sciences are offered.

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Life Has a History: This on-line educational module, by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, covers basic concepts about the history of life on earth. Available at three grade levels (K-4, 5-8, 9-12).

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Getting Into the Fossil Record: This on-line educational module by the University of California Museum of Paleontology covers essential concepts about fossils and the fossilization process. Available for grades 5-8 and 9-12.

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Parks (showing 2 of 2 listings)

Falls of the Ohio State Park: The 386-million-year-old fossil beds in the park are among the largest naturally exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world.

K-12 URL: Ashfall: This site describes the origins of the Ashfall Fossil Beds, its discovery and preservation.

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Museums (showing 3 of 10 listings)

Sternberg Museum of Natural History: This museum in Hays, associated with Fort Hays State University, features exhibits and educational programs on a variety of topics include paleontology.

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University of Alaska Museum of the North--Arctic Dinosaurs and More: This is the principal natural history museum of Alaska and the Arctic. It features collections & exhibits of Arctic dinosaurs, Quaternary mammals, including unequaled mummified remains,Teriary and Mesozoic collections of mollusks.

The Cooper Channel: From the Dr. John D. Cooper Center Archaeological and Paleontological Center, comes the Cooper Channel. A channel dedicated to producing educational shows for all ages that focus on Orange County paleontology and archaeology.

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Colleges and Universities (showing 3 of 4 listings)

University of Calgary Department of Biological Sciences: The department offers MSc and Phd degrees with a concentration in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

University of Saskatchewan College of Arts and Science: The college offers undergraduate degrees in palaeobiology.

University of Alberta's Laboratory for Vertebrate Paleontology: Learn about U of A's undergraduate and graduate programs in paleontology.

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Education and Exhibits

Physical Exhibits (showing 3 of 3 listings)

South Carolina State Museum: The museum's collections include Mesozoic and Cenozoic fossils from around the state. The Pleistocene collection is particularly strong.

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The Charleston Museum: Current exhibitions include mounted skeletons of prehistoric animals from Tertiary marine beds near Charleston, as well as Thescelosaurus neglectus, a Cretaceous plant-eating dinosaur.

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Maryland Science Center Exhibits: This site details information on exhibits at the Maryland Science Center, including Dinosaur Mysteries (featuring a cast T. rex skeleton, models of Maryland's dinosaurs, and other exhibits), Fossil Quest, and TerraLink (highlighting geology and other earth sciences).

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Virtual Exhibits (showing 3 of 9 listings)

When Crocodiles Ruled: An interactive journey through the Paleocene of North Dakota, shortly after the dinosaurs died out.

Geology and Paleontology of Red Rock Canyon: See vertebrate fossils collected in our popular weekend field trips by the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Life Through Time Exhibit: The evolution of life on Earth over 3+ billion years is documented by over 300 images of fossils in the HSU Natural History Museum. The fossils are arranged by geologic period and supplemented with tectonic maps, historic engravings etc.

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Events and Programs (showing 3 of 3 listings)

Project Exploration: Project Exploration was founded to make science accessible to the public– with a special focus on city kids and girls. The program includes: Youth Development Initiatives targeting minority and female Chicago Public School students, Services for Schools and Teachers, and Public Exhibitions and Online Initiatives.

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Rockin' Through the Ages: From Fossils to Petroglyphs: Petrified Forest National Park's curriculum-based education program allows students to explore both paleonotology and archeology using in-class lessons and a field trip to the park.

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Late Triassic Ichthyosaur And Invertebrate Fossils In Nevada: Virtual field trips to two classic fossil localities in the Upper Triassic Luning Formation of Nevada; detailed text; on-site images; photos of fossils.

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Research and Collections

Ongoing Research Projects (showing 3 of 3 listings)

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History: On the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman. One of the finest university-based museums in the nation, with an active Paleontology research program and extensive collections.

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University of Colorado Natural History Museum: Among the largest collections of fossil vertebrates in the central United States, the University of Colorado Natural History Museum located in Boulder features exhibits, research collections and educational programs for the general public.

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Carnegie Museum: Invertebrate Paleontology Section: The Carnegie Museum of Natural History Section of Invertebrate Paleontology has more than 100 years of research, field work, educational outreach (PALS), and exhibits on Phanerozoic life. Our collections number more than three-quarters of a million specimens with some 11,000 type and figured specimens published in more than 300 professional publications. Our type and collection strengths are concentrated in the Lower and Upper Paleozoic rocks of the Appalachians, mid-continent, and western Interior Seaway.

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Databases (showing 2 of 2 listings)

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Web-based Paleo-database Home Page: Search the fossil collections of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Listings by Kingdom down to species, era, epoch, group, formation, country, New Mexico county, and map ID. Many listings contain images of the fossils (including all holotypes.)

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Neogene Marine Biota of Tropical America: NMITA is an online biotic database containing images and data for taxa used in analyses of Tropical American Biodiversity over the past 25 million years. NMITA is designed for use in research and education in systematics and evolutionary paleontology. Major fossil groups included are bryozoans, corals, molluscs, ostracodes, and fish. Users may browse or search images and information about taxa or click on maps and stratigraphic columns for faunal lists for specific horizons. NMITA also provides several educational activities.

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Curriculum and Classroom Resources (showing 3 of 6 listings)

Teacher-Friendly Guides to Geology: Provides teachers with an intuitive and jargon-free review of the geology of different regions of the United States.

Learning From the Fossil Record: This volume, published by the Paleontological Society and offered on-line by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, offers articles, activities, and links for teachers.

FossilPlot: FossilPlot is a spreadsheet application for making graphs of the diversity and stratigraphic ranges of Phanerozoic marine animals. It builds on the compendium of marine genera published by Sepkoski (Bull. of Amer. Paleontology, 2002) and makes these data available, accessible and practical for teaching concepts in evolution.

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Image Collections (showing 3 of 4 listings)

Fossils From The Savage Canyon Formation, Nevada: Images of fossil leaves and insect from the famous middle Miocene Savage Canyon Formation, Nevada.

Fossil Giant Sequoia Foliage From Nevada: Image of the youngest fossil foliage of giant sequoia yet discovered, with explanatory text.

Some Fossil Brachiopods: Images of several fossil brachiopods, dating in geologic age from early Cambrian to Pleistocene, with explanatory text.

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Field Guides (showing 3 of 17 listings)

Fossils At Red Rock Canyon State Park, California: This site is devoted to the paleontology, geology, and natural history of Red Rock Canyon State Park, California; many images of fossils, scenic images of the park, plus images of wildflowers.

The Sharktooth Hill Bone Bed, Southern California: Take a virtual field trip to the classic Sharktooth Hill fossil bone bed northeast of Bakersfield, California; includes text, images of fossils, on-site images and paleontology links.

Fossil Plants Of The Ione Basin, California: The fossil plants of the Middle Eocene Ione Formation, Amador County, California; many images of fossil leaves, plus on-site images of field trips to the fossil leaf localities.

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General Reference (showing 3 of 3 listings)

Fossils From The Kettleman Hills, California: The 4.5 to 2.0 million-year-old Pliocene-age fossils that occur in the Kettleman Hills, roughly 80 miles northwest of Bakersfield, California.

Fossils In Death Valley National Park: The paleontology, geology and natural wonders of Death Valley National Park (and more); many images of fossils; field trips; paleontology links, plus links to Death Valley.

Middle Triassic Ammonoids From Nevada: A virtual visit to a world-famous fossil ammonoid locality in Nevada roughly 235 million years old--it could well be the single best middle Triassic ammonoid locality in the world; many images of fossils; on-site images.

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