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Paleogene (Tertiary) Period–Eocene Life

Walking with Prehistoric Beasts-BBC. Wikipedia. Short summaries of the BBC-Discovery video series episodes.  The “New Dawn” episode concerns the mid-Eocene Geiseltal and Messel shale fauna of Germany with links to descriptions of the creatures shown in the video. The main theme of this episode is the adaptive radiation of mammals following the K-T extinction.

Grübe Messel. Fossil Lagerstätten, University of Bristol, Matt Riley.  Easy to follow summary of the Messel fossil site. Discusses location and general geology, fauna and flora (with photos of the fossils, and a simple reconstructed Eocene food chain), preservation and taphonomy.

An annotated taxonomic list of the Middle Eocene (MP11) vertebrata of Messel. Morlo, M., Schall, S., Mayr, G., and Seiffert, C., Cour. Forsch. Inst. Senkenberg (2004). Technical paper listing the fossils found at the Messel World Heritage Fossil Site with references.

Fossilien aus der Grube Messel. Senkenberg Musuem, Germany. Text in German, but many wonderful pictures of the phenomenal fossils found at Messel, Germany; many with soft-part preservation.

Build a Beast. Discovery Channel. Interactive game that lets you reconstruct a predatory bird from a pile of bones. You pick from three skill levels and see how fast you can correctly reconstruct this ancient animal. The site asks if you want to run Macromedia Flash, but you can play the game without loading the program if you want.

Walking with Prehistoric Beasts-Beast Gallery. Discovery Channel. Short fact sheets with images of some of the creatures shown in the BBC-Discovery series. Mid-Eocene creatures include Ambulocetus, Gastornis, Leptictidium, and Propalaeotherium.

Walking with Prehistoric Beasts-BBC, Wikipedia. Short summaries of the BBC-Discovery video series episodes.  The “Whale Killer” episode concerns the late-Eocene fauna of Pakistan and Egypt with links to descriptions of the creatures shown in the video. The main theme of this episode is whale evolution.

 

Fossil Butte National Monument. U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service.
Summary of the geology and fossils from this Eocene site in Wyoming, which was a large lake from which abundant fossil fish, plants, insects, birds, and crocodiles have been found. Provides general geology information, description of fossils, photographs, and educational ideas.

Unitatherium robustum. National Academy of Sciences. Short description of the original finding of Uintatherium bones, with pictures of the fossils, and links to reconstructions of this large, knobby-headed Eocene herbivore.

Eocene. Paleomap Project. Map of the world 50.2 million years ago.

 

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