Welcome to the Digital Atlas of Ancient Life

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


What's new?

Dec. 5, 2019
Our latest Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life chapter is now live and is all about fossil sponges (phylum Porifera) and their modern relatives.
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.