Welcome to the Digital Atlas of Ancient Life

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


What's new?

Jan. 6, 2020
Evolution and the Fossil Record, the latest chapter of the Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life, is now online. It covers natural selection, species, speciation, macroevolutionary theory, and more.
Explore here

Dec. 9, 2019
Version 2.0 of our Digital Atlas of Ancient Life App is now available for free download for iOS and—for the first timeAndroid devices. Identify fossils, even when you are offline.
Download now: iOS, Android

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

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.