Animal Diversity Web

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Resource:Animal Diversity Web
Provider:University of Michigan
Summary:Age Range: 5-18 (Resources for grades K-12 and beyond, with parental supervision). The University of Michigan's Museum of Zoology sponsors this amazing searchable encyclopedia of the natural history of animals that is also a science tool and virtual museum!
Description:When you get to the site you'll see a picture of a featured animal such as "Insects." Click on the black arrows on either side of the photo to see more pictures of the phyla represented including:
  • Amphibians
  • Birds
  • Fish
  • Insects
  • Mammals
  • Mollusks
  • Reptiles
Click on any item on the menu and a new page opens with an introduction, and a menu on the right side of the page that allows you to explore:
  • Pictures - See terrific photos of the creatures in this category. Click on any small picture to see an enlarged version.

  • Specimens - See photos of specimen collections by zoologists.

  • Classification - Explore the scientific names of animals including kingdom, phylum, and class. In some instances you can listen to the sound a creature makes, and see a map of its habitat.
BUT WAIT! There's more! Use the menu located on the left side of the page to explore the Special Collections. This section includes:
  • Mammal Anatomy - Provides detailed information about every aspect of animal anatomy.

  • Spinning Skulls - View QuickTime movies and close-up images of mammal skulls.

  • Frog Calls - Listen to an array of frog calls used to attract mates and express distress.
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