Links to Other Fossil Sites
The University of California Museum of Paleontology [MUST SEE; very nice educational site for fossils organized by type and age]
Learning from the Fossil Record, Paleontological Society. An excellent resource. Provides more than 20 classroom activities about fossils and earth history, and has a National Science Standard Matrix with web links to more than 30 classroom activities, which demonstrate various aspects of the National Science Standards and are categorized by appropriate grade content. Activities about climate, dinosaurs, Earth history, fossils, and plate tectonics are just some of the topics offered.
Paleontological Research Institution. Provides tips for educators about teaching fossils in the classroom, and virtual field trips in which students can travel around the globe with paleontologists on fossil digs or open drawers of fossil collections around America.
Fossilization—How Fossils Form
How Fossils Form, Enchanted Learning. Short descriptions of the different ways fossils form including a flow chart of fossilization.
Explore How Fossils Can Form, Exploring Earth Visualization. Short, online animation of a shell being buried and then turned into a cast and mold.
Fossils and fossilization, Brett, Carlton, University of Cincinnati, Wiley-Online Publications. Short, technical summary of the process of fossilization from depositional setting, to death, through taphonomy and biostratinomy (death, decay, disarticulation, transport, and burial), and ending with diagenesis (mineralization, etc.).
Fascinating Fossils, U.S. National Park Service. An online powerpoint slideshow that shows examples of petrification and permineralization, carbonization, trace fossils, and preservation of original material in fossils from America 's national parks.
Petrified Forest, U.S. National Park Service. Provides information and images of petrified fossil remains at the park, as well as a short pdf-format description of petrification.
Land of the Mammoth, Discovery Channel. Provides information and images from the Discover special about the recovery of an unaltered mammoth, frozen in glacial ice. Includes many pictures.
Geology 331-Invertebrate Paleontology, T.R. Holtz, University of Maryland . Provides an outline of how trace fossils (tracks, trails, etc. of organisms) are described, with links to descriptions and images of different types of trace fossils as well as links to different types of information (e.g., stride length, speed, etc), which can sometimes be determined from trace fossils.