3D Virtual Fossil Collection

http://www.3d-fossils.ac.uk/home.html

This website, from the British Geological Survey, provides the first link to 3D images of fossils. From the site, “the pictures link to photographs (including ‘anaglyph’ stereo pairs) and a selection of 3D digital models. Just type the fossil you are looking for in the search box. The full details of the fossil results provide the taxonomy group the fossil belongs to. The 3D images come up under view scanner. The three choices to bring them up include by web browsers, by zipped .ply file, and by zipped .obj file.

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Biodiversity Heritage Library

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/

From the site: “The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” BHL content may be freely viewed through the online reader or downloaded in part or as a complete work in PDF, OCR text, or JPG2000 file formats. ” Browsing is available by Title, Author, Subject, and Year. Searching can be done by Author, Subject, Scientific Name, and Book/Journal Title. The record or the full book can be viewed. More than 53,000 titles and 102,000 volumes can be browsed or searched, including over 1 million species. Rare scientific texts are also shown.

The Plant List

http://www.theplantlist.org/

The Plant List is a working database that identifies more than 1.25 million different plants by their accepted Latin names.  It includes all known species of angiosperms, gymnosperms, pteridophytes, and bryophytes.  It does not include algae, fungi, and fossil plants.  This list was generated by the Royal Botanical Gardens with the assistance of the Missouri Botanical Garden.  Plants are not listed by their common or vernacular names.

ARKive: Images of Life on Earth

www.arkive.org

This is a wonderful collection of thousands of images and video clips of threatened and endangered animals from around the world.  Besides colorful photos, for most animals video clips are also available.  Users can also learn more about each animal: Facts & Status, Description, Range & Habitat, Biology, Threats & Conservation, and more.

Encyclopedia of Life

www.eol.org

According to the site, the “Encyclopedia of Life is a collaborative scientific effort led by the Field Museum of Natural History, Harvard University, Marine Biological Laboratory, Missouri Botanical Garden, Smithsonian Institution, and Biodiversity Heritage Library, a consortium including the core institutions and also the American Museum of Natural History (New York), Natural History Museum (London), New York Botanical Garden, and Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew). Ultimately, the Encyclopedia of Life will provide an online database for all 1.8 million species now known to live on Earth. When completed, [it] will serve as a global biodiversity tool, providing scientists, policymakers, students, and citizens information they need to discover and protect the planet and encourage learning and conservation.”

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The Encyclopedia of Earth

www.eoearth.org

According to the site, this is “a new electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society.”  Use the Browse the EOE box on the right hand side of the page for navigation.