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On this page, you will find links to a variety of sources that may be of help in learning about or teaching evolution.
The links are organized into four main categories:

Science: these links provide sources for the science of evolution and related topics. In addition to pages discussing research on evolution, you will find links to pages that talk about the evolution of specific groups of organisms, such as the evolution of dinosaurs.

Education: these links discuss how to teach evolution, or teaching in general that may apply to the topic. This section is broken into two subtopics, lesson plans and techniques. Practical, concrete things to try in the classroom will be found in lesson plans and the more conceptual aspects of particular challenges and how to overcome them will be found in techniques.

Museums: Many museums have expansive websites, with information on their exhibits, informational pages on science topics, along with special resources for teachers that may be used either in conjunction with a visit or by themselves in the classroom.

Blogs: A variety of excellent blogs written by professional science reporters or by scientists themselves which provide a handy way of staying current in evolutionary research, teaching ideas and strategies, and simply what is going on in the local area. While a few blogs are written to a scientific audience, most are written with the general public in mind and are enjoyed by many people with no formal training at all. The blogs are also separated into two main categories: those blogs mainly focused on science and those blogs who’s primary topic is education.


5 Comments

  1. Aubrey Poe says:

    What are some Arkansas fossils you guys!!!!1

    • paleoaerie says:

      Thank you for your interest.

      Check out the Arkansas Fossils tab at the top of the page. You will find a map of Arkansas showing where different fossils have been found in the state, as well as an ever growing list of fossils that have been found. Some of them are linked to pages where I have described the fossils in detail. You can also click on the Fossils of Arkansas category along the left side of the home page and it will show you all the blog entries that deal with them.

      If you know of any fossils or would like to learn more about a specific fossil, please let me know. I will be happy to add your fossil information here or write up a full description of any fossil of interest.

  2. Aubrey Poe says:

    What are some Arkansas fossils you guys!!!!

  3. Melanie King says:

    I am interested in finding a job shadowing opportunity for my 12th grade student. He has had paleontology as his post secondary goal since 9th grade, and I feel it is time for him to see what it is really like. Is there something like this available in Central Arkansas? Thank you for your time and educational resources.

    • paleoaerie says:

      That’s great! Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of options here in central Arkansas at the moment. You might try the Arkansas Geological Survey. They do most of the paleontology research in the state at the moment. Most paleontologists spend an inordinate amount of time reading and writing, which is not very exciting to watch. There are also so many different ways paleontology is done and each day can be so incredibly variable that shadowing someone for a short time can be really hit or miss. I have had weeks where I never left my office and just read, wrote, and filled out paperwork, but there were also the days exploring the back rooms of museums, working on digs in the middle of a desert, studying the anatomy of crocodiles, working with electron microscopes, among other things, and of course the teaching and the presentations and travel. The approaches used today to study paleontology seems practically limitless. So he might want to talk to a variety of paleontologists if possible. In addition to the Arkansas Geological Survey, there is Dr. Shroat-Lewis in the Earth Sciences Dept. at UALR who is an invertebrate paleontologist. I am a vertebrate paleontologist myself. The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville has a couple of great vertebrate paleontologists by the name of Dr. Peter Ungar in the Dept. Anthropology and Dr. Celina Suarez in the Geology Dept. They are both very nice and helpful individuals. Very busy, but nice. Dr. Jessica Scott in the UALR Anthropology Dept. has worked with Dr. Ungar and would be a good person to talk to about that work who is a bit closer than Fayetteville. Since you mentioned he is in 12th grade, I take it he is going to college next year? He should make every effort to attend some of the society meetings. Depending on his interests, either the Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists, Geological Society of America, or the Paleontological Society. There he will be able to meet a lot of different paleontologists and students who he should talk with to find out more about what options he might want to explore. There will be plenty of people at the meetings happy to speak with him. I of course will be happy to answer any questions I can.

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