Chapter 6 - Life on Earth: What do Fossils Reveal

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The Earth Through Time, 10th Edition
by Harold L. Levin
CHAPTER 6—LIFE ON EARTH: WHAT DO FOSSILS
REVEAL?
Web Links
Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science
http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/evolution98/
An online book published by the National Academy Press.
Stories from the Fossil Record
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/explorations/tours/stories/middle/
intro.html
Interactive tutorials on paleoecology, geologic time, biodiversity, and past lives
(on the behavior and features of extinct organisms, and how they evolved).
Getting into the Fossil Record
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/explorations/tours/fossil/index.html
Tutorial with animations and interactivity. Provides gain a basic understanding of
what a fossil is and the factors involved in becoming part of the fossil record.
Written at two levels, for younger students (grades 5-8), as well as a section with
greater detail and vocabulary for older students (grades 9-12), which is also
suitable for college level students.
Life has a History
http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/explorations/tours/intro/index.html
Interactive tutorial on the diversity of life, variation and natural selection, fossils,
evolution and the geologic time scale, cladograms, evolutionary relationships
among organisms, and extinctions. Be sure to click on all of the the links on each
page, in order to be able to advance to the next page.
Life on Earth
http://tolweb.org/tree?group=Life_on_Earth#refs
Life on Earth from the Tree of Life website
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Micropaleontology
http://www.priweb.org/ed/pgws/paleo/paleo_home.html
What do fossils and paleontology have to do with oil? An introduction to dating
rocks using microfossils, from The Paleontological Research Institution.
Introduction to Ichnology
http://www.envs.emory.edu/faculty/MARTIN/ichnology/
Introduction to Ichnology, The Study of Plant and Animal Traces. >From Anthony
J. Martin, Department of Environmental Studies, Emory University.
The Virtual Fossil Museum
http://www.fossilmuseum.net/index.html
Fossils across geological time presented in multiple contexts of geological
history, the tree of life, paleobiology and evolution. Good photos of fossils
including the Cambrian soft-bodied organisms from the Maotianshan Shale,
Chengjiang China and a variety of fossil insects in amber.
Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park
http://ashfall.unl.edu/
Visit a fossil site in Kansas where more than 200 fossil skeletons including a herd
of rhinos and other species was entombed by volcanic ash 12 million years ago.
Oceans of Kansas
http://www.oceansofkansas.com/index2.html
Fossils from the Late Cretaceous Western Interior Sea. Includes mosasaurs,
plesiosaurs, sharks and more.
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