560 Paleontology

“There is no subject so old that something new cannot be said about it.” ~Fyodor Dostoevsky

Paleontology is the scientific investigation of the past history of life on earth through the study of fossil remains of animals and plants. It also examines how the environment functioned in past times. The study of paleontology includes history, biology, and geology all at once.

Dinosaurs for Kids – Learn about dinosaurs, read about the science of paleontology, play dinosaur games; includes a Dino Database.

The Paleontology Portal – The place to go for North American paleontology! This award-winning site contains a fossil gallery, a database of museum collections, an interactive map of famous fossil localities, educational paleontology resources for K-12 teachers and students, interviews with real paleontologists, and career guidance.

National Park Service Junior Paleontologist Program Learn about Earth’s history, ancient plants and animals, and changes to past climate and environments. Explore the ways that paleontologists work, and the methods and tools they use to understand ancient life. Complete the age appropriate activities to become a Junior Paleontologist. Download the Junior Paleontologist Activity Booklet online for free! (Ages 5-12)

Strange Science: The Rocky Road to Modern Paleontology and Biology – The knowledge we take for granted today was slow in coming, and along the way, scientists and scholars had some weird ideas. This site shows some of their mistakes, provides a timeline of events, gives biographies of a few of the people who have gotten us where we are today, and lists resources you can use to learn more. NOTE: Although this site claims to focus more on the history of science than on evolution, it has a lot of heavy-handed evolutionary references and treats evolution as a scientific fact, not “just a theory.” And while this site includes an interesting collection of obscure frauds and forgeries, it does not highlight some of the more notorious evolutionary frauds.

Virtual Dino Dig – An online dinosaur dig that shows you what paleontologists do on a field trip and when they get back to the lab. In this interactive you will be able to find a virtual fossil, excavate the specimen, and learn about your specimen. From the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Department of Paleobiology.


Christian Paleontology

Christian Paleontology – Christian paleontology may seem to be a contradiction of ideas, but if we define the two words and analyze the subjects, we find compatibility.

The Bible and Paleontology, by Arthur V. Chadwick, Ph.D.

http://www.christianevidences.org/paleontology/ – Neanderthal remains are solid evidence that Ancient Man lived to be the old ages as mentioned in the early chapters of Genesis.

The Startling Truth about Neanderthal Man, by Dr. Jack Cuozzo.

A Modern Framework for Earth Sciences in a Christian Context, by Arthur V. Chadwick, Ph.D.


Additional Resources


The Magic School Bus: Back in Time with the Dinosaurs – Learn about dinosaurs through the hands-on activities in this award-winning science kit!


Educational Insights GeoSafari Classroom Dinosaur Dig – This kit includes everything you need to create a realistic T-rex excavation in your sandbox! They recommend a site that’s 3 yards by 2 yards (the skeleton is pretty big). An area of dirt will work, but it’s messier. NOTE: This set is reusable so you can dig and dig again!


Smithsonian Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs T-Rex – Here is a smaller version of a dinosaur dig kit. This plastic T-Rex dinosaur skeleton is buried deep within a sand block, waiting to be unearthed and put together.


Animal Planet’s Big Tub of Dinosaurs – A tub of plastic toy dinosaurs complete with a simulated landscape of palm trees, ponds, and rocks.

Schleich Dinosaurs! – Created in conjunction with parents, teachers, and children, Schleich strives for realistic and naturalistic designs. Quality is extreme as most Schleich figures are hand painted. Schleich has over 50 years of experience in developing lifelike figures.

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