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Virtual Museum of Fossils

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Spectacular photos of fossils arranged by time period, with maps showing continent locations. Maps also show ecosystems.
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Technical Format: HTML/Text
Date Added to MERLOT: November 06, 2002
Date Modified in MERLOT: February 16, 2016


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Language: English
Material Version: version 4 or later
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Avatar for Jim Bidlack
2 years ago

Jim Bidlack (Faculty)

It is a nice collection of fossils and I liked how you can find the era and location the animal lived in.
Time spent reviewing site: 1 hour

Avatar for Jenifer Chacon
7 years ago

Jenifer Chacon (Student)

This is site has a lot of information about the different eras in visual form. It also has sample pictures of fossils that are very interesting to see. I really enjoyed the animations and learned a lot.

Technical Remarks:

No problems with the site.
Time spent reviewing site: 40 minutes

Avatar for Kristin Nicholas
7 years ago

Kristin Nicholas (Faculty)

I ended up finding much more information then I expected. Ended up finding tons of ideas for lesson plans.

Avatar for Jessica Jaramillo
8 years ago

Jessica Jaramillo (Student)

I loved this site. I spent an 30 minutes exploring the website and forgot I was supposed to be looking for other information. I liked that I was able to nagivate through it easily. It was engaging and really interesting.

Technical Remarks:

No problems with the site.
Time spent reviewing site: 30 minutes

Avatar for Jacquelyn Hams
14 years ago

Jacquelyn Hams (Faculty)

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.

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