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May 2005

Animal Diversity Web
University of Michigan providing lots of information on a variety of species.
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

Animal Diversity Web is a searchable database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology from the University of Michigan. It includes thousands of photos, descriptions, sound recordings, and other information about individual animal species.
This well organized site can be browsed by animal kingdom or searched by keyword or any combination of descriptors. A top navigation bar leads to other areas of the site. QuickTime is required.

Science teachers and students looking for help with projects and research papers will find this site to be a rich resource of information. The site uses a multimedia approach to present accurate information about the animal kingdom. Visitors to the site can browse the members of the animal kingdom by clicking on any of the categories. All records have a consistent format and include information, pictures, specimens, sound and classification. Educators will find resources for k-12 teachers as well as college instructors and an opportunity to contribute to the site. Students will want to be sure and check out the special topics link in the top menu bar. It includes “spinning skulls”, QuickTime VR movies that allow users to study detailed images of skulls, teeth, and other important structures by turning them and viewing from all angles. Also included in this section are special aids for learning about mammals and frog calls (a collection of the sounds frogs make).


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