April 13, 2018



Beginner References/Books

Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages, Dr. Thomas R. Holtz Jr.

A Field Guide to Mesozoic Birds and Other Winged Dinosaurs, Matthew P. Martyniuk

National Geographic Dinosaurs, Paul Barrett, Kevin Padian

The Great Dinosaur Discoveries, Darren Naish

The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs, Gregory S. Paul

The Princeton Field Guide to Prehistoric Mammals, Donald R. Prothero

The Story of Life in 25 Fossils, Donald R. Prothero

Weird Dinosaurs: The Strange New Fossils Challenging Everything We Thought We Knew, John Pickrell, Currie

When Bugs Were Big, Plants Were Strange, and Tetrapods Stalked the Earth: A Cartoon Prehistory of Life before Dinosaurs, Hannah Bonner


Advanced Reading/Reference Books

Bone Histology of Fossil Tetrapods Advancing Methods, Analysis and Interpretation, Kevin Padian

Bringing Fossils to Life: An Introduction to Paleobiology, Donald R. Prothero

Dinosaurs and Other Mesozoic Reptiles of California, Richard P. Hilton

Discovering Fossil Fishes, John G. Maisey

Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why it Matters, Donald R. Prothero

Feathered Dinosaurs: The Origin of Birds, John Long, Peter Schouten

The Armored Dinosaurs, Biology of Sauropods, The Horned Dinosaurs, The Carnivorous Dinosaurs, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Hadrosaurs, Horns and Beaks, http://www.iupress.indiana.edu/

Introduction to Paleobiology and the Fossil Record, Michael Benton

Mesozoic Birds: Above the Heads of Dinosaurs, Luis M. Chiappe and Lawrence M. Witmer

Pterosaurs: Natural History, Evolution, Anatomy, Mark P. Witton

The Complete Dinosaur (Life of the Past), Michael K. Brett-Surman, Thomas R. Holtz Jr.

The Dinosauria, David B. Weishampel

The Evolution of Artiodactyls, Donald R. Prothero, Scott Foss

The Rise of Fishes, John Long

Walking Whales: From Land to Water in Eight Million Years, J.G.M “Hans” Thewissen


Novel-style Books

Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway, Kirk Johnson, Ray Troll

Dinosaur Lives, Jack Horner

Digging Dinosaurs, Jack Horner

Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs, Mark Norell

Dinosaurs Without Bones: Dinosaur Lives Revealed by their Trace Fossils, Anthony J. Martin

Fossil Legends of the First Americans, Adrienne Mayor

Glorified Dinosaurs: The Origin and Early Evolution of Birds, Luis M. Chiappe

Horseshoe Crabs and Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind, Richard Fortey

How to Build a Dinosaur, Jack Horner

Hunting Dinosaurs, Louie Psihoyos

My Beloved Brontosaurus, Brian Switek

Oceans of Kansas, Mike Everhart

The Complete T.rex, Jack Horner

The Dinosaur Heresies, Robert Bakker

Trilobite!: Eyewitness to Evolution, Richard Fortey

Tyrannosaurus rex, the Tyrant King (Life of the Past), Peter L. Larson

Quest for the African Dinosaurs, Louise Jacobs

Walking on Eggs: The Astonishing Discovery of Thousands of Dinosaur Eggs in the Badlands of Patagonia, Luis Chiappe and Lowell Dingus

Wonderful Life, Stephen Jay Gould

Your Inner Fish: A Journey of 3.5-Billion-Year-History of the Human Body, Neil Shubin


Paleoart Books

All Yesterdays: Unique and Speculative Views of Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Reptiles, John Conway

Charles R. Knight: The Artist Who Saw Through Time, Richard Milner, Rhoda Knight Kalt

Dinosaur Art: World’s Greatest Paleoart, Steve White

Life Before Man, Z. V. Spinar, Zdenek Burian

Planet Ocean: A Story of Life, the Sea, and Dancing to the Fossil Record, Ray Troll, Bradford Matsen

The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi, Julius Csotonyi


History of Paleontology Books

Barnum Brown: The Man Who Discovered Tyrannosaurus rex, Lowell Dingus and Mark Norell

Men and Dinosaurs, Edwin Colbert

Scenes From Deep Time: Early Pictorial Representations of the Prehistoric World, Martin Rudwick

The Dinosaur Hunters: The Extraordinary Story of the Men and Women Who Discovered Prehistoric Life, Lowell Dingus and Mark Norell

The First Fossil Hunters: Dinosaurs, Mammoths, and Myth in Greek and Roman Times, Adrienne Mayor

The Gilded Dinosaur: The Fossil War Between E.D. Cope and O.C. Marsh and the Rise of American Science, Mark Jaffe

The Meaning of Fossils: Episodes in the History of Paleontology, Martin Rudwick


Extinction Books

Mass Extinctions and their Aftermath, Anthony Hallam, Peter Wignall

Night Comes to the Cretaceous: Dinosaur Extinction and the Transformation of Modern Geology, James Lawrence Powell

T.rex and the Crater of Doom, Walter Alvarez and Carl Zimmer

The Day the Mesozoic Died (VIDEO in Dino Information Binder): Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Mistaken Extinction, Lowell Dingus and Timothy Rowe

The Nemesis Affair: A Story of the Death of Dinosaurs and the Ways of Science, David Raup

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert

When Life Nearly Died: The Greatest Mass Extinction of All Time, Michael Benton


Digital and Social Media


Past Time: http://www.pasttime.org

Palaeocast: http://www.palaeocast.com/

Palaeo After Dark: http://palaeoafterdark.libsyn.com/

Sauropodcast: Science Out Loud (Cleveland Museum of Nat. Hist): https://www.cmnh.org/sauropodcast

Science Friday: http://www.sciencefriday.com/

Tetrapod Zoology: http://www.tetzoo.com



Archosaur Musings: http://archosaurmusings.wordpress.com/

DrNeurosaurus News Blog for Kids: http://www.drneurosaurus.com

Emily Willoughby’s Blog: http://willoughbyart.blogspot.com/

Luis V. Rey Blog: https://luisvrey.wordpress.com/

Mark Witton’s Blog: http://markwitton-com.blogspot.com/

Mauricio Anton’s Blog: https://mauricioanton.wordpress.com/

Musings of a Clumsy Paleontologist by Liz Martin-Silverstone: http://gimpasaura.blogspot.com/

Lisa Buckley’s Blog: http://birdsinmud.blogspot.com/

Love in the Time of Chasmosaurs: https://chasmosaurs.blogspot.com/

Phenomena: Laelaps: by Brian Switek: http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/blog/laelaps/

PLOS Paleo Community: http://blogs.plos.org/paleocomm/

Tetrapod Zoology: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/tetrapod-zoology/

The Coastal Paleontologist: (for marine mammal paleontology): http://coastalpaleo.blogspot.com/

Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week: (SV-POW): http://www.svpow.com

UCMP Blog: (UC Berkeley): http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/blog/


Video Series

PBS Eons

Shelf Life: The American Museum of Natural History

Specimen Spotlight: Cleveland Museum of Natural History

The Brain Scoop

The Curiosity Show: Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

K-12 Educational Websites and Curriculum

Howard Hughes Medical Institute: ALL educational resources are FREE—FREE to order and FREE shipping.  Video topics include (but not limited to) evolution, genetics, biology and fossils!

Paleontological Research Institute’s Teacher Friendly Guide to Geology


Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology

Scott Hartman’s Blog

The Virtual Paleobotany Lab (UC Berkeley)

Understanding Evolution




The Paleogeographic Atlas Project

Deep Time Maps


Online Collections Databases

Florida Museum of Natural History


3D/ Virtual Resources

3D Fossil Scans


GB3D Type Fossils

Smithsonian Institution

Witmer Lab

Virtual Museum of Idaho

MorphoSource (Duke University)

Iowa State University Geo Fab Lab


Paleo Portal

3D Museum (UC Davis)

African Fossils


AR for Accessibility in Classrooms

Google Cardboard


Geological Augmented Reality

Natalie Bursztyn’s AR Grand Canyon and Geology Resources


Augmented Reality Sandbox (UC Davis)

Lake Visualization 3D


Open Access Journals

Acta Palaeontologica Polonica

American Museum Novitates

BioMed Central

Biology Letters

Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History

Journal of Paleontological Techniques

Museum of Comparative Zoology (Harvard U)


PaleoBios (UCMP)



PLOS Biology

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS)

Proceedings of the Royal Society B

Science Advances (AAAS)

Smithsonian Contributions to Paleontology

University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology



Public Excavation Sites/Museums

Public Paleontology Field Courses/Experiences

Arlington Archosaur Site (Arlington, TX): http://www.arlingtonarchosaursite.com/

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: https://www.childrensmuseum.org/content/dinosaur-digs-families-and-adults

Museum of Western Colorado: https://museumofwesternco.com/things-to-do/

Canadian Fossil Discovery Centre: http://discoverfossils.com/