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Make Your Own Marine Biology Stationery

Hide your notes in seaweed, send a deep-sea snapshot, or let an cockeyed squid deliver your message. Just add your name and address to these colorful stationery files.



What's the Big Idea About Paleontology?

Most living things never become fossils. And most of the fossils created will never be found. Learn more about these extremely rare—and valuable—records of the past. 


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Make Your Own Dino Stationery

Type your notes next to T. rex, send letters via Diatryma, or let Gondwanatitan deliver your message. Just add your name and address to these colorful stationery files. 



What Do You Know About Marine Biology?

How much do you know about our watery world? Find out with this interactive quiz. Here's a hint to get you started: The greatest diversity of life on Earth is NOT found in your bathroom!


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Finding Fossils

You don't have to be a professional paleontologist to collect the remains of ancient life. Anyone can find fossils. This handy how-to guide tells you where to look and what to do.



What Do You Know About Archaeology?

How much do you know about what it takes to dig up the past? Examine the details in each question closely to ace this interactive quiz on archaeology. 



Meet the ArchaeOLogists

Archaeologists are detectives who gather clues to the past. Discover the intriguing facts and artifacts that Chuck, Alexis, Ian, Jena, and Kellner have unearthed while following their curiosity.


Hands-on Activity

Piecing It All Together

Ornate jewelry, simple baskets, stone tools ... these are just some of the artifacts archaeologists have uncovered among ancient ruins. But one of the most common discoveries is pottery. 


Hands-on Activity

Making a Field Journal

Field journals are incredibly important to researchers. In fact, many can't imagine doing science without them. Learn how to create your own valuable journal.



The Ancient City of Petra

Petra was built by Arabian nomads who became very rich as desert traders. But why did these nomadic merchants decide to settle down in one place? Explore the mystery while strolling through Petra's ruins. 


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