RESOURCES: Doorway Into North America's Past

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Science  07 May 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5672, pp. 803
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5672.803a

Curious about what creatures wandered Texas during the Permian period? Looking for advice on paleontology careers or a good online paleobotany lab? Step into the Paleontology Portal, a new collection of links, photos, teaching materials, and more aimed at everyone from fossil enthusiasts to professional scientists.

The site from the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the Paleontological Society, and other organizations is still under construction, but it already offers some nice features. You can read up on nine famous fossil locales, such as the 500-million-year-old Burgess Shale of British Columbia, which boasts one of the richest assortments of early animals. Browse the “Exploring Time and Space” section to see representative finds for different U.S. states and time periods. A 12-centimeter-long shark's tooth, for example, comes from Tertiary rock (65 million to 1.8 million years old) in California. You can also get info on careers, laws regulating fossil collection, and upcoming conferences. Or help build the collection by submitting materials.

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