Choose a page number to see the recommended websites and downloadable pictures.
Websites to visit
Read about the birth of the universe, then click on "Universe in One Year" to see the entire history of the universe squeezed into one year.
Explore an online guide to dinosaurs, with images, facts and figures for over 300 dinosaurs.
Learn about the prehistoric world with activities on fossils, dinosaurs, extinction, prehistoric mammals, climate change and more.
Online exhibits from the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. (Click on "Sue" to meet the largest T rex ever discovered.)
Fun information and activities about dinosaurs, fossils and the work of scientists from the American Museum of Natural History, New York.
Lots of dinosaur information, including the top ten misconceptions, with online collections, exhibits and activities. (Point to "Dinosaur Info" in the menu at the top.)
Maastricht Natural History Museum - take a virtual tour or explore online exhibits. (Click on "exhibits" at the bottom of the screen and select "Temporary exhibits" or "Virtual tours" from the menu on the right.)
Lots of video clips about dinosaurs and dinosaur research.
Take a virtual tour of a dinosaur exhibit at Melbourne Museum, Australia.
Dinosaur fact files, puzzles, games and quizzes.
Investigate fossils online and discover how they can reveal information about extinct organisms, including how they lived and behaved.
Take a photo tour of the dinosaur fossils at the American Museum of Natural History, home of one of the greatest fossil collections in the world. (Click on a dinosaur name.)
Explore the online exhibits of London's Natural History Museum and search a guide to over 160 dinosaurs. (Scroll down and click on "Dino Directory" for an A-Z guide or click on "Dinosaurs gallery" in the menu on the right to see the museum's dinosaurs.)
Join an online hunt for dinosaur eggs around the world, find out how experts try to "hatch" the eggs, and look at 3-D models of baby dinosaurs inside their eggs.
Fact pages, audio and video clips, and an online game about early humans. (Click on "Caveman facts", or to play the game, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Caveman challenge".)
Examine the skulls of early humans and other primates in 3-D, and find out more about human evolution.
Find out how the earliest Americans survived the ice age. Click on "A World of Ice".
See what "The Iceman", a 5,000 year-old mummy, reveals about the early people of Europe. (Click on the links in the menu on the left.)
Explore the mysterious cave of Lascaux. (Click on "A visit to the cave" to begin, then click on "explore" when a panel comes up to see the paintings in more detail.)
Read about human evolution and our earliest ancestors, and find out how our own species has affected the natural world. (To find out about our own species, click on "Quaternary".)
Try lots of fun online activities to find out more about dinosaurs.
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About this book
Internet-linked history encyclopedias
Encyclopedia of World History
- A comprehensive introduction to world history from prehistoric times to the start of the 21st century, including information on dinosaurs, the first humans, Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, Medieval Europe, the World Wars and other major events in history.
- Magnificently illustrated with a wealth of images depicting key events and everyday life in times gone by, as well as maps, charts and photographs.
- Includes a 12,000-year illustrated timechart, glossary and extensive index.
- With over 800 internet links to regularly reviewed websites with homework help, virtual tours, reconstructions, games and quizzes.
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