I logged on to Virtual Museum of Fossils and spent at least 2 hours trying it and brought in a student assistant new to geology to try it as well. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the site explained Plate Tectonics in conjunction with the Geologic Time Scale - two difficult subjects for beginning Earth Science students to grasp.
Geologic Time and Plate Tectonics are taught early in Earth Science courses, as they are fundamental to understanding earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain building, and other geologic processes and the vast amounts of time it takes for these features to form. Virtual Museum of Fossils integrates these topics visually, so that students will grasp the principles more quickly. The site is very easy to use: Select the Jurassic Period and the position of the continents during that time period is displayed. Move the mouse over the dinosaurs button to see where in the world they roamed. Then click on the Tertiary Period and see what happened to the dinosaurs!
The graphics are well designed and high quality and many teaching modules can be developed around the themes.
Even though the site has 2 links under construction, (Find an animal and take a tour), it is still a highly effective teaching and learning tool.