Paleontology and Dating Techniques
Fossils. Very simple animation showing how a fish can turn into a fossil.
How the discovery of geologic time changed our view of the world. We now know that the Earth is some 4.5 by old. But what did they think in the past?
How do scientists determine the age of dinosaur bones? Learn about the techniques of radiometric dating.
History of the Earth
Global paleogeographic view. Google Earth file showing continental drift in the last 600 million years.
Wikipedia: History of the Earth. Wikipedia's article on the History of the Earth.
History of the Earth in 60 seconds. An amazing video experiment in scale, condensing 4.6 billion years of History into a minute.
Tree of Life. Simple video that shows how Life, branching off of simple unicellular bacteria, evolved up to current forms of Life.
7 major "missing links". Seven of the most important fossils that show evolution in action.
Fossil fragments reveal 500-million-year-old monster predator. Learn how new studies on old fossils have turned Hurdia victoria into a possible ancestor of all arthropods.
Giant sauropod dinosaur found in Spain. News of the 2006 discovery of the huge Turiasaurus riodevensis in Teruel, Spain.
The day the dinosaurs died. 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.
Astonishment, skepticism greet fossils claimed to record dinosaur-killing asteroid impact. 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.
What is the last common ancestor? 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?
How did humans develop? A great brief review of the History of Paleoanthropology.
Analysis of early hominins. Evolutionary trends in hominins: what has changed in our body since we started walking in two legs.
Puzzling together human origins. The History of Paleoanthropology in photos, starting with the discovery of the first Neanderthal fossils, back in 1856.
What does it mean to be human? Site devoted to the study of human evolution.
Cavemen facts. BBC's fact pages about hominids.
Fossil finds extend human story. 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.
Wikipedia: Timeline of Human Evolution. From primates (and beyond) to Homo sapiens sapiens.
What separates humans from chimps and other apes? 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.
Top 10 signs of evolution in modern man. 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.
Why we are as we are. Can Darwin's insights explain human behaviour and be used profitably by policy makers?