A visual voyage through the branches of family trees of all that is on Earth

An Online Catalogue of Collectibles Featuring Extinct Life and Pop Culture Creatures

Fiction Novels Featuring Prehistoric Animals, Mutant Beasts & Primeval Man

Baseball cards of the inductees into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame

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Should you have an interest, below are links to a variety of fascinating and informative websites which are related in some way to extinct/existent life on Earth, non-sport card collecting, and/or paleoart. If you are aware of a web site with information relating to the subject matter of The Dinosaur Fan which you feel should be added, please contact me at mmriley@dinofan.com.

I am particularly grateful to the following web resources without which I could never have fully developed The Dinosaur Fan website.

Life Forms
Links Relating to Life Forms


A Guide to the Orders of Trilobites

A Guide to the Orders of Trilobites is an absolutely indispensible guide, resource, and pictorial reference pertaining to trilobites.

All About Paleontology

All About Paleontology is a large, kid-friendly informational portal providing links to a variety paleontology-related topics. Facts, worksheets, activities for kids and much, much more.

America Zoo

Lesley Fountain's (formerly David Childs') American Zoo contains a lot of information about existent vertebrate animals along with a ton of wonderful photos of the animals.

Amethyst Galleries' Mineral Gallary

Amethyst Galleries' Mineral Gallery is an exhaustive resource covering minerals, rocks and related inorganic substances.

Animal Diversity Web

The Animal Diversity Web is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan and is an extremely useful site for the classification of living organisms.

Biological Library

BioLib is an international encyclopedia of plants, fungi and animals.


This multi-authored site is a remarkable resource for information about bugs (e.g., insects, spiders, and other "creepy-crawlers").


L. Smith's Bumblebee site is, as the name indicates, first and foremost an information source about bumblebees. However, there is also a lot of information about many other invertebrates which is worth viewing.

Dino Directory

Directory of dinosaur provides resources with categorized listings of names, facts, dinosaur museums, fossils, and dinosaurs around the world.


Fred Bervoets' DinoData is a great site for specific dinosaur information some detail of which is seldom presented in other websites.

Dinogeorge's Dinosaur Genera List

George Olshevsky's absolutely exhaustive list of all valid (and invalid) dinosaur genera. Note: this site is currently in a transitional state (last checked: 09/16/2009).

Dinosaur Facts

Dinosaur-Facts.com was launched in late 2007 as an attempt to develop a high quality dinosaur learning resource. Our goal is to make learning and teaching about dinosaurs fun, factual and most importantly accurate.

Discover Life

Discover Life is a good on-line encyclopedia of existent life with plenty of information and tons of very nice photos.

Discover the Wildlife in Dubai

Discover the Wildlife in Dubai is an informational resource focusing on the fauna in and around the city of Dubai (United Arab Emirates) located in the eastern part of the Arabian Peninsula on the coast of the Persian Gulf. This featurette provides brief information about the indigenous carnivores, reptiles, herbivores, and birds. I’ve included this reference, not so much for its content, but to honor Evelyn, a bright and motivated young woman who is creating a list of animal research sites that she can explore with her little sister and share with fellow participants in the local Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) club. (I hope she adds ‘The Dinosaur Fan’ to her list 😊) I wish her the best in her efforts and hope she retains her interest in wildlife as she grows up. She’s lucky to have such a caring mentor in Joann who brought this effort to my attention.

DOL Dinosaur Omnipedia

The Dinosauria On-Line (DOL) Dinosaur Omnipedia is an absolutely indispensable information source about Dinosauria as well as overview of other extinct life including Aetosauria, Aves, Mosasauridae, Phytosauria, Plesiosauria, Pterosauria, and Rauisuchia

Earth Life Web

The Earth Life Web is an encyclopedia of life on Earth and is a pretty good learning center for kids and adults alike.

Enchanted Learning

Enchanted Learning is a large repository of relatively brief information pertaining to a vast number of topics including life forms. This site is a very good learning center for kids and adults alike.

Encyclopedia of Life

The Encyclopedia of Life goal is to provide global access to knowledge about life on Earth. It is a valuable paleobiology-related website and a fantastic site for cladogram and extinct/existent life form classification.


Fossilworks is one of the most indispensable paleobiology-related website especially for research and identification of life form taxonomy. This is a fantastic site for cladogram and classification information pertaining to just about any life form and contains an incredible amount of extinct life information.

General Emtomology

This website is full of good information pertaining to existent insects/bugs and is actually a nicely organized North Carolina State University class (General Entomology: study of insects & related arthropods) resource maintained by Dr. John Meyer

Global Biodiversity Information Facility

Global Biodiversity Information Facility is an international open data infrastructure which is funded by governments and provides a searchable, downloadable source of data about all types of life on Earth.

Ichthyosaur Page

Ryosuke Motani's Ichthyosaur Page is a superb website containing an exhaustive amount of information about the ichthyosaurs.

Index of Organism Names

ION is a complete source of organism names based on published literature derived from premier Thomson Reuters databases: Zoological Record, BIOSIS Previews, and Biological Abstracts. This site provides information on millions of animal names, both fossil and recent, at all taxonomic ranks and is a truly indispensable reference.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System

The Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) is a searchable on-line database focused on taxonomic information (species names and their hierarchical classification) of plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and other parts of the world. The ITIS was commissioned by the White House Subcommittee on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics as a component of ecosystem management and biodiversity conservation.

Mike Hanson's The Pterosauria

Mike Hanson's The Pterosauria, while still in it's infantcy, contains some good information pertaining to the Pterosauria.

Mikko's Phylogeny Archive

Mikko Haaramo's outstanding and painfully detailed collection of phylogenetic trees covering nearly every life form on Earth.

New England Meteoritical

"Everything about Meteorites!" as their tag line states is what this site covers. This is an indispensable information source about meteorites.


The Palaeos Site is another extensive site dedicated to providing detailed information on the history of life on Earth.

Prehistoric Times

A wonderful magazine that focuses on prehistoric animal modeling, artwork, collecting, and paleontology. Excellent paleo-art and models are abundant in this magazine along with interviews, interesting paleontological articles, and collecting tidbits.

Systema Naturae 2000

Syatema Naturae provides an exhaustive and extremely useful drill-down classification of life past and present.

The Big Picture Book of Viruses

The Big Picture Book of Viruses contains just about everything you might want to know about viruses

The Paleobiology Database

The Paleobiology Database (PBDB) is a vast, free, public database of paleontological data maintained by an international non-governmental group of paleontologists.

The Phylogeny of Life

This very robust site provided by the University of California, Berkeley contains a wealth of knowledge about a large variety of living organisims on earth. Great cladogram information.

The Plesiosaur Directory

Dr. Adam Stuart Smith's Plesiosaur Directory is an exhaustive resource covering all aspects of the plesiosaurs.

The Pterosaur Database

An on-line bibliography of pterosaur material and museum collections of pterosaur fossils

The Taxonomicon

The Taxonomicon is an indispensable "biodiversity information" website especially for research and identification of life form taxonomy.

The Tree of Life

This multi-authored site is a remarkable resource for information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, their history, and characteristics. A great site for cladogram information pertaining to just about any life form.

The Virtual Fossil Museum

The Virtual Fossil Museum is a site dedicated to the life sciences and fossil collecting with the goal of providing an ever-expanding scientific and educational resource knowledge base of information associated with fossils.


Justin Tweet's Thescelosaurus! website is pretty much an on-line dinosaur dictionary and contains a lot of good information.


uBio is an initiative within the science library community to join international efforts to create and utilize a comprehensive and collaborative catalog of known names of all living (and once-living) organisms.

Ultimate Ungulate

Brent Huffman's Ultimate Ungulate is a fantastic website devoted to ungulate (animals with hooves) and contains a ton of information, pictures, and links.

World Register of Marine Species

World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is a searchable on-line database focused on marine organisms and related taxonomy.

Zipcode Zoo

Zipcode Zoo is a searchable field guide to plants and animals of the world containign a large volume of information, pictures, and resources.

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