Updated: July 1, 2010
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With profiles of over 300 known dinosaurs, immerse yourself in a wealth of knowledge about the giants that roamed the earth so long ago.
A collection of information and activities from Scholastic.
Zoom Dinosaurs is a comprehensive on-line hypertext book about dinosaurs. It is designed for students of all ages and levels of comprehension. It has an easy-to-use structure that allows readers to start at a basic level on each topic, and then to progress to much more advanced information as desired, simply by clicking on links.
A subsite of About.com.
of the dinosaurs
Information that arose out of Walking with Dinosaurs and subsequent dinosaur programs by the BBC.
of T. Rex
Companion Web site to the NOVA program "Curse of T. Rex," originally broadcast on February 25, 1997. This program follows the trail of legal and illegal fossil-dealing as the FBI tries to protect the best Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever found from winding up on the shelves of a souvenir shop.
A site dedicated to Australian dinosaurs.
A guided tour about Dilophosaurus. This tour is narrated by the discoverer of Dilophosaurus, the late Sam Welles, formerly a professor at the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP).
University of Bristol's Online Dinosaur Database
Apart from the comprehensive DinoBase there are forums, news, controversies and picture galleries.
Current Topics Concerning Dinosaurs
To be truthful, the unfortunate fact about the popularity of dinosaurs is that the science that it is based on occasionally is obscured by the fantasy that surrounds it.
Among the most comprehensive dinosaur resources on the web.
Footprints and Trackways from the Northeastern U.S.
Provides details of footprints from the Triassic and Jurassic periods of the northeastern United States. Information includes photographs of footprints, along with information on stratigraphic horizon and correlation, age, and taxonomy.
A This media-rich online exhibit giving an intimate look at the remarkable fossils of Dinosaur National Monument.
This collection of documents answers frequently asked questions about dinosaurs, and in doing so seeks to present a digestible tutorial on scientific background concepts such as taxonomy, phylogeny and anatomy.
Over the millennia, many people have made important contributions to our current understanding of dinosaurs. This site contains capsule descriptions of some major advances and short accounts of how they were made and of those who made them.
General theory about dinosaurs by the University of California Museum of Paleontology.
Dinosauria On-Line is meant for the serious enthusiast and rank amateur alike. Discussions are both technical and at a level at which those without formal education in paleontology can understand and enjoy. Includes the Dinosauria Translation and Pronunciation Guide.
At the National History Museum of Los Angeles. Well presented and illustrated overview.
A collection of pages related to major dinosaur groups.
Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries
Take a journey of discovery into the exciting world of modern paleontology. New dinosaur fossils are being discovered faster than ever before. Advanced technology allows scientists to look at these fossils in fresh ways. And researchers are gaining surprising insights into these amazing animals. New discoveries, new technology and new ideas are helping today's scientists piece together what these living, breathing dinosaurs were really like.
Fact and Fiction
A series of pages that deals with answers to some frequently asked questions about dinosaurs, with current ideas and evidence to correct some long-lived popular misconceptions.
Dinosaurs in the Deep: SS
Mount Temple Story
In 1916, Charles H. Sternberg collected dinosaur fossils in the badlands of Alberta, Canada. At the end of the field season the specimens were shipped to the British Museum of Natural History in London, England. The Canadian Pacific Railway steamship Mount Temple, carrying the specimens sank on December 6, in the North Atlantic. This site is dedicated to research, exploration and possible recovery of the Dinosaurs in the Deep.
of Late Cretaceous Alaska" Panorama
Explore the dinosaurs of Alaska through an illustrated page hosted by the Alaska Museum of Natural History.
This use to be a portal site to dinosaur and vertebrate paleontology information by Russell Jacobson. Recently however the domain seems to have been acquired by others and as a consequence the content is very different and so far nowhere near as useful.
The Dinosaurs of Isle of Wight
This internet resource is for everybody with an interest in the spectacular creatures that roamed the Isle of Wight over 100 million years ago. Here you will find up-to-date scientific details on all the dinosaurs on the island, places to visit and information for all fossil hunters planning to visit the island.
Beautifully illustrated with animations, artwork, and archive photography, Discovering Dinosaurs traces dinosaur hunters and their discoveries across four main themes.
Discovery Channel: Dinosaur Guide
The content of this site is drawn from Discovery Channel documentaries.
by Yann Oliver
Summaries about modern topics in dinosaur paleontology.
the World's First Dinosaur Skeleton: Hadrosaurus foulkii
Very comprehensive site.
Web site of an exhibition featuring giant theropods of Africa by Project Exploration.
A portal page to content from the Guardian and Observer newspapers.
History of Dinosaur Hunting and Reconstruction
A small site related to the very early days of dinosaur discovery.
of life through time
This exhibit provides a survey of that biodiversity through time, focusing on major lineages of organisms. Many of these lineages have gone extinct or currently exist at a much lower diversity than in the past, so there may be large exhibits on groups of organisms that are unfamiliar to you. They are featured because they play an important role in the history of life on Earth.
Has not been updated for some time but still containing valuable information.
Inconsistencies Regarding Dinosaurs
A number of commonly accepted beliefs about large dinosaurs are not compatible with scientific laws. For example, sauropods grazing from the tops of trees are physiologically impossible, for blood flow reasons. (A heart made of biological cellular materials cannot pump blood more than about seven feet above itself, or bring blood back from feet lower than about seven feet below itself).
All About Dinosaurs
Learn about dinosaurs and stay updated on the latest dinosaur news with the comprehensive articles, interactive features and dinosaur pictures.
A page of information and links created by human editors.
Geographic: Prehistoric World
An webzine of online versions of its magazine content.
Natural History Museum: Dinosaurs and other extinct creatures
Includes the Dino Directory, a guide to 325 of the most well-described dinosaurs, including 1294 images.
Special Report on Dinosaurs
A portal to New Scientist's dinosaur content centered around it's articles.
Not dinosaurs (Mesozoic marine reptiles) but included here because of its completeness and quality. Authored by Mike Everhart, Adjunct Curator of Paleontology at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, Kansas.
A photographic catalogue of the next largest known collection is only 30 footprints and is owned by a museum.
Palaeocritti - a guide to prehistoric animals
Palaeocritti allows you to look up prehistoric critters by group, period, name or location.
This excellent site is a resource for anyone interested in paleontology of particularly North America, from the professional in the lab to the interested amateur scouting for fossils to the student in any classroom. They have gathered many different resources into this single entry "portal" to paleontological information on the Internet.
lives: Chronicles of Canadian Paleontology
Accounts, stories and anecdotes about the people who collected or studied specific Canadian fossils.
A site dedicated to this nodosaurid.
A very comprehensive site that focusses on novels set in prehistoric times, or in which the principal characters are members of a prehistoric society.
A nicely presented site but rather light on content.
National Geographic's portal to all their prehistoric content.
A site showcasing Project Exploration, a nonprofit science education organization that makes science accessible to the public—especially minority youth and girls—through personalized experiences with scientists and science. Offers significant information about the discoveries of a team lead by Dr. Paul Sereno.
Project Gutenberg eBook, Dinosaurs, by William Diller Matthew
An online version of the book "Dinosaurs" published by the American Museum of Natural History in 1915. Included here for historical interest.
Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite
This webpage contains information on on the Red Gulch Dinosaur Tracksite, a locality in north-central Wyoming that contains over 1000 tracks of a bipedal, medium-sized dinosaur.
to the Gobi
A record of the joint Mongolian Academy of Sciences and The American Museum of Natural History's 2001 expedition to the Gobi Desert.
Russian Dinosaur Exposition
The largest traveling dinosaur exposition in the world! It is composed of 66 specimens of which 33 are complete skeletons. This exhibit comes from the scientific collection of the Paleontological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
The Department of Paleobiology
Including sections on Dinosaurs, Geologic Time, Paleo Art and Life of a Vertebrate Fossil.
Speculative Dinosaur Project
One answer to the question "What would the world look like now if Chicxulub bolide had not struck?"
Science: The Rocky Road to Modern Paleontology and Biology
Ever wonder how people figured out there used to be such things as dinosaurs? Curious about how scientists learned to reconstruct fossil skeletons? The knowledge we take for granted today was slow in coming, and along the way, scientists and scholars had some weird ideas. This Web site shows some of their mistakes, provides a timeline of events, gives biographies of a few of the people who have gotten us where we are today, and lists resources you can use to learn more.
at the Field Museum
The largest, most complete, best preserved T. rex.
of Life: Dinosauria
Phylogenetic information about the Dinosauria. Very nice site that seems to have been at a standstill for some time.
Understanding Evolution is a non-commercial, education website, teaching the science and history of evolutionary biology. This site is here to help you understand what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have changed over time.
dinosaurs and the history of our planet
A reference for the basics on many dinosaur subjects and also includes British dinosaur genera.
Includes detailed profiles of the dinosaurs in the Walking with Dinosaurs programs and its sequels.
As anyone reading this is probably aware, Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free content encyclopedia project. This is a comprehensive article with many hyperlinks to related articles.