The goal of the Digital Atlas of Ancient Life project is to help you identify fossils from particular regions and better understand Earth's ancient life. Several Digital Atlas websites are now online:


We are also creating a free online "textbook" about paleontology. It is called the Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life (D.E.A.L.).

Chapters are being shared as they are completed and currently include:


Resources for Teachers

As part of the Digital Atlas of Ancient Life project, we have developed a number of lesson plans, activities, and associated materials that you may wish to use in your classroom.

Each lesson plan relates to either the Neogene or Ordovician Atlas. Most of the plans align with Next Generation Science Standards and are designed for elementary, middle school, or college-level students.

All of these resources may be freely accessed and downloaded from the Digital Atlas Teaching Page.

Interactive 3D Models of Fossils

We are excited to announce that we will be adding interactive 3D models of fossils to some of our Digital Atlas pages. For a complete list of models available now, please visit our page on SketchFab.

Additionally, we are organizing some of these models into Virtual Teaching Collections (VTC's), which may be accessed here.

VTC's online now: