Welcome to the Digital Atlas of Ancient Life


Identify fossils and explore the diversity and history of life on Earth


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What's new?

Nov. 1, 2019
A new page about scleractinian corals (which includes all modern reef-building corals) has been added to the in-progress chapter on the Phylum Cnidaria.
Explore here.
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Oct. 25, 2019
Our all new Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life chapter about the Phylum Brachiopoda is now live!
Explore here.

Major work on the Cretaceous Atlas of Ancient Life from the Western Interior Seaway is now complete. This Atlas includes images and occurrence information for over 760 invertebrate and vertebrate species.
Visit the Cretaceous Atlas here.

Regional field guides to fossils



Interactive, 3D models of fossil and modern specimens. 


Virtual Exhibits

Explore virtual museum exhibits about different topics in natural history



New: Our first virtual exhibit, "Survivors: Up Close with Living Fossils," is online now. Explore here.



Classroom lesson plans, activities, and associated materials that relate to either the Neogene or Ordovician Atlas. All of these resources may be freely accessed and downloaded here.