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Guide to the WWW of Paleontology,
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There are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of interesting paleontology sites on the web: commercial, educational, reference resources, online publications, virtual museums and more. A fossil enthusiast could spend a year visiting all of them.
So, rather than attempt to compile a complete list of every one of those sites (a mission which would be both futile and tiring), we have selected a modest number of outstanding websites which because of their content or design, or both we find particularly useful and enjoyable.
Science, Reference and Educational Resources
Geology.com provides daily geology news items by RSS feed, and is of the top online resources for all things geologic including maps, reference material, articles, guides, satellite images and more. A wealth of information and highly recommended.
AAPS The Association of Applied Paleontological Sciences, "a professional association of fossil and mineral collectors and preparators for the purpose of promoting ethical collecting practices and cooperative liaisons . . ." A fine organization that does its best to preserve your right to collect fossils. We are proud to be members. If you visit just one paleo website, it should be this one!
Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows The insider's guide to the world's biggest and best rock, fossil, gem and meteorite show, with exclusive dining, nightlife, shopping and vendor guides
Meteorite Blog Science author, columnist, television personality and meteorite hunter Geoffrey Notkin shares photographs, anecdotes, and adventure tales as he travels the world in search of space rocks
Fossil Collections of the World Detailed information about the geologic time scale, with characteristics of each era; classic fossil sites; important paleontologists in history, and much more. An outstanding and extensive resource.
Fossils, Rocks, and Time Presented by the U.S. Geological Survey, this is a complete online edition of the book by Lucy E. Edwards and John Pojeta Jr. It is a superior educational site for younger readers, and helps to put geologic time in perspective. Their illustrated geologic time scale is beautiful (look closely). Other features: explanation and origin of geologic terms; discussions about evolution and the Law of Fossil Succession; diagrams, charts, and photographs; numeric versus relative time scale, and much more. Many adults will find this excellent site useful too. Highly recommended.
Jensan Scientifics A fine company which produces a wide range of educational science products for teachers, focusing on Earth sciences and astronomy. Their site also features an excellent collection of science links. A highly recommended resource for educators.
Commercial: Fossils, Meteorites, Rocks and Minerals for Sale
Lang's Fossils The commercial site owned by veteran collector Allan Langheinrich, with a fossil gallery section, and extensive information about his private quarry, which is the world's foremost eurypterid locality.
R.A. Langheinrich Meteorites Established in 1971, one of the world's oldest and best meteorite businesses, also online meteorite museum
Campo Meteorites Specializing in affordable Campo del Cielo iron meteorites for sale
Meteorites for Sale Aerolite.org specializes in quality iron meteorites for sale, beautiful meteorite photography, rare meteorite books, expeditions and science writing.
Rocks and Minerals
Expeditions, Adventures, Educational Paleo Digs
Meteorite Hunters Geoff Notkin and Steve Arnold star in a
Meteorite Adventures Authentic meteorite expeditions guided by world famous meteorite hunters Steve Arnold and Geoff Notkin. As seen on TV in Cash & Treasures and Wired Science (PBS)
Paleoworld.org The Paleoworld Research Foundation (PWRF), bringing "the science of dinosaur paleontology to all ages." The PWRF conducts hands-on dinosaur expeditions, open to all ages. Join "Paleo Joe" and his research team on digs in Montana's Hell Creek Formation.
Guides to Fossil Localities
Jurassic Cliffs Graeme Caselton's superb guide to the famous Jurassic exposures in and around Charmouth, and Lyme Regis in Dorset, England. Maps, charts, photographs, and bibliography. An outstanding reference and educational site.
Oceans of Kansas Mike Everhart's excellent site, dedicated to the marine fossils of America's long-vanished interior western sea
Lakeneosho.org Barry Sutton's thorough site documenting years of work collecting Pennsylvanian fossils from the Altamont Formation in Missouri
Reference: Fossil types and Species
Dinofish Well designed site dedicated to the enigmatic coelacanth. News, history, conservation . . . even a nice T-shirt for sale at the coelashop!
Digital Dinosaur The Smithsonian's virtual triceratops project
The Life and Times of Long Dead Sharks Elasmo.com's very attractive site provides a wealth of information about fossil sharks. My, what sharp teeth you have!
Cretaceous Fossils.com Keith Minor's excellent guide to all things Cretaceous with maps, diagrams, photos, stratigraphy, and more
Field Trip and Expedition Reports
Stromatolites of the Grand Canyon A detailed and enjoyable account of a hike into the Grand Canyon to examine stromatolites in the Hakatai Shale. Maps, photographs, diagrams.
NJPS West 2001 The New Jersey Paleontological Society's 4,200 mile cross-country expedition to Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota in words and pictures, and including a behind-the-scenes tour of the world-famous Black Hills Institute
Universities, Institutions, and Museums
The Black Hills Institute A very attractive site created by the eminent dinosaur hunters discoverers of Tyrannosaurus Sue, and now the home of tyrannosaurs Stan, Duffy, and Cope. In our opinion, The Black Hills Institute ranks as one of the world's best small museums, and probably boasts more dinosaurs and invertebrates per square foot than any other institution on the planet! It's worth a visit to South Dakota just to see this museum.
University of California, Berkeley Museum of Paleontology Online museum with a searchable index of their collection.
Fossil News A monthly magazine "published specifically with the fossil enthusiast in mind"
Regional Clubs and Societies
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The Georgia Mineral Society Established 1935
Prehistoric West Virginia an association of fossil, mineral, rock and gem collectors and enthusiasts who share this common interest
Fossil, Mineral, and Meteorite Show Sites
Minerapole The official site for the famous Sainte-Marie aux Mines show in lovely Alsace, France. This fine site also has an extraordinary gallery of fossil and mineral photographs.
If you want to talk about fossils . . .
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