Along with fossilized plants and animals, rocks and strata are properly dated and placed into their
proper geologic "bins" for comparative studies. These include a look back at the weather or ecological disasters, the rise and fall of oceans,
how land masses shifted and moved, or how
animals evolved during different time periods.
• Although fascinating, paleontology can also be very intimidating to those with deeply-held religious beliefs. While Biblical references date the planet back 6,000 years, carbon dating shows that the Earth is actually 4.54 billion years old. What's more, humans have only been around for a couple of million years, a mere blip on the timeline of paleontology.
about paleontology around the Web:
Around the Web, find out more about paleontology at some of the best
sites offering pictures & multimedia presentations, timelines, facts and information, student & teacher resources, along with educated guesses and intriguing theories on the history of
life on earth ...
An extensive guide to North American paleontology by state or
time period including a fossil photo gallery, a directory of K-12
of Paleontology - Seriously entertaining online exhibit
from the Hooper Virtual Natural History Museum with a special
look at fossils, dinosaurs, the Cambrian period, evolution, as
well as life on other planets.
Fossils Network - Online community of UK enthusiasts with
a guide to fossil hunting throughout England, Scotland and Wales
with news & reports on recent finds, related event calendar,
busy online forum, educational resources.
Pictures - Dozens of photo galleries from the Virtual
Fossil Museum illustrating fossilized insects, fish, mammals,
worms, sponges, plants, fossil amber and more.
fossils - Colorful, interactive guide to Australian fossils,
dinosaurs and sea monsters with related timelines, illustrations,
and streaming video, downloadable wallpaper.
Paleontology News - The latest photos and headlines from the field, reporting on new discoveries of dinosaur bones, fossils, and related finds.