Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life


The Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life is an open access “textbook” about fossils and the history of life on Earth. Chapters will be added as they are written.


Evolution and the Fossil Record

  • Coming soon!

Phylum Cnidaria

  • 1. Class Anthozoa
    • Hexacorallia (coming soon)
    • Rugosa
    • Tabulata
    • Octocorallia (coming soon)
  • 2. Class Hydrozoa (coming soon)
  • 3. Class Cubozoa (coming soon)
  • 4. Class Scyphozoa (coming soon)
Rugose coral fossils from the Ordovician of Ohio

Phylum Mollusca

Land plants (embryophytes)

  • Introduction to the embryophtyes
  • Bryophytes (coming soon)
  • Protracheophytes & early tracheophytes (coming soon)
  • Lycophytes (coming soon)
  • Trimerophytes (coming soon)
  • Equisetophytes (coming soon)
  • Eusporangiate ferns (coming soon)
  • Leptosporangiate ferns (coming soon)
  • Gymnosperms (coming soon)
  • Angiosperms