The Paleobiology Department has developed specialized, interesting, and fun websites on focused topics and useful tools.
Evolve or Perish Board Game
Learn about ancient life as you move your player through 600 million years of evolution and extinction.
What did Washington, D.C. look like 110 million years ago, and how do we know?
Some of the most important dinosaurs known to science stand in our exhibit halls.
Paleontologists and volunteers work in this glass-enclosed space on new fossil shipments from the field.
Blast from the Past!
New evidence of an asteroid impact 65 million years ago.
Life of a Vertebrate Fossil
Follow what paleontologists do in each stage in the life of a vertebrate fossil.
The famous Canadian fossils discovered by Smithsonian's Charles Walcott.
The story of a changing earth through time.
Paleontological art has been used to disseminate our research findings since 1846.
Videos from the Prehistoric Footprints National Monument in New Mexico. Fossils, Geology, Public Access.
Preserved in the ceiling of a coal mine 250 feet below.
Giant Fossil Scale Tree
One of the largest plant fossils ever collected, weighing more than 16 tons.
See a new life restoration of the enigmatic Permian shark, Helicoprion.
Downloadable English translations of hundreds of paleontological papers.
Shark Tooth Key (pdf)
How to sort out and identify fossil shark teeth.