Paleontology and Dating Techniques
Very simple animation showing how a fish can turn into a fossil.
We now know that the Earth is some 4.5 by old. But what did they think in the past?
Learn about the techniques of radiometric dating.
History of the Earth
The state of the art in geochronology. Latest version is always available at the International Commission on Stratigraphy website.
Google Earth file showing continental drift in the last 600 million years.
Wikipedia's article on the History of the Earth.
An amazing video experiment in scale, condensing 4.6 billion years of History into a minute.
Simple video that shows how Life, branching off of simple unicellular bacteria, evolved up to current forms of Life.
Seven of the most important fossils that show evolution in action.
Learn how new studies on old fossils have turned Hurdia victoria into a possible ancestor of all arthropods.
News of the 2006 discovery of the huge Turiasaurus riodevensis in Teruel, Spain.
The original article that presents to the world the astonishing discovery of the Tanis fossil deposit, claimed to have been formed in about an hour time, as a result of the Chicxulub meteorite impact, some 3000 km away.
Science magazine take on the news of the Tanis fossil deposit finding, and the claims of being a record of the sudden killing-out of the dinosaurs.
If you suddenly find yourself in the company of paleoanthropologists or swamped by news of the latest hominid fossil find, there's a good chance you'll hear the phrase last common ancestor. But what is this enigmatic person or thing?
A great brief review of the History of Paleoanthropology.
Evolutionary trends in hominins: what has changed in our body since we started walking in two legs.
The History of Paleoanthropology in photos, starting with the discovery of the first Neanderthal fossils, back in 1856.
Site devoted to the study of human evolution.
BBC's fact pages about hominids.
The assessment of the 4.4-million-year-old animal called Ardipithecus ramidus, that may be a direct ancestor to our species, has been reported by researchers.
From primates (and beyond) to Homo sapiens sapiens.
When we stare at gorillas and chimpanzees, we see aspects of ourselves: the bestial, the innocent, the savage and the adorable. And the truth is that we actually have a great deal in common with apes. Learn how much and what makes us different.
Through history, as natural selection played its part in the development of modern man, many of the useful functions and parts of the human body become unnecessary. What is most fascinating is that many of these parts of the body still remain in some form so we can see the progress of evolution. This list covers the ten most significant evolutionary changes that have taken place, leaving signs behind them.
Can Darwin's insights explain human behaviour and be used profitably by policy makers?