Welcome to the Digital Atlas of Ancient Life

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


What's new?

June 4, 2020
A page on leaf structure and evolution has been added to the Embryophtes (land plants) chapter.
Explore here.

May 29, 2020
Initial pages on a new chapter about Phylum Chordata have been added. These cover basal chordates and jawless vertebrates.
Explore here.

May 15, 2020
A chapter on bryozoans has been added to the Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life.
Explore here.

Regional field guides to fossils

Need help identifying your fossil discoveries?
Access Digital Atlas field guides to fossils from particular time periods and regions by selecting from the guides above, or by downloading Version 2.0 of the free Digital Atlas of Ancient Life App, available now for iOS and Android devices.

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.