Fossil Groups

Preservation of fossils

Page with photos about the Burgess Shale

Exceptional preservation ^top

Links go here

Trace fossils ^top

Pictures of dinosaur tracks

Trilobites ^top

From British Geological survey – all open in a new window/tab, and can be enlarged on the BGS pages by clicking “large image popup”
Calymene, coiled in defence
Olenellus, Lower Cambrian
Acernaspis, Silurian
Paradoxides, Mid-Cambrian, deep water dweller
Protolloydolithus, a blind Trinucleid trilobite, Ordovician

Corals ^top

University of Iowa corals website

Brachiopods ^top

Links go here

Echinoids ^top

Links go here

Bivalves ^top

Links go here

Minor fossils ^top

Links go here

Microfossils ^top

An introduction to ostracods
Photo by M. Hooge

An introduction to foraminifera
Various foraminifera

The conodont collection, Natural History Museum
Variety of conodonts

An introduction to radiolarians


Illinois State Museum – a few pages about palynology – the use of pollen grains in palaeontology
pollen grains

Evolution ^top

Section of an article that I read in National Geographic a few months back about the evolution of the Whale. Enjoy. Edmo x

Graptolites ^top

From British Geological survey – all open in a new window/tab, and can be enlarged on the BGS pages by clicking “large image popup”
Diplograptus, Ordocivician/Silurian
Torquigraptus, Ordovician
Monograptus, Silurian
Didymograptus, Ordovician
Unspecified graptolites in shale, Ordovician
Dicranograptus, Ordovician

How graptolites might have looked in life

Nautiloids/Ammonoids ^top

TV documentary by David Attenborough

Blog about nautiloid

Ammonites on Porstdown web

Ammonites on Discovering fossils

Wikipaedia article

Ammonites on tonmo .com

Fish to amphibians ^top

Links go here

Dinosaurs ^top

Page about different types of Theropods.

Mass Extinctions ^top

Here is the wikipedia article – can you use it to check which of the organisms we’re studying went extinct at the Permian-Triassic event?
A simple Wikipedia page about mass extinctions
A simple Wikipedia page about the K-Pg event
The full monty about the K-Pg event
Article in Planet Earth Magazine about mass extinctions in general
Another article in Planet Earth Magazine about linking gas output from the Deccan Traps to the K-T extinction event

Dating ^top

Photo of graded bedding
Cross bedding and how it shows the “up” direction.

Climate change ^top

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