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NATURE AND EVOLUTION LINKS

ACTION BIOSCIENCE
This is a non-commercial, educational web site created to promote bioscience literacy. It provides articles by scientists, science educators, and science students on issues related to seven bioscience challenges: environment, biodiversity, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, new frontiers in science, and bioscience education.

ALL ABOUT SCIENCE
This site presents articles and videos about a wide range of scientific theories and discoveries, including the evolution of man, DNA structure, the origin of species and the theory of relativity. It is presented in a clear and straightforward way, and looks at opposing arguments about contentious subjects.

ARCHAEOLOGY.INFO
This detailed site is dedicated to exploring the evolution of the human race. It covers all the archaeological materials used to trace our ancestors, and has a comprehensive glossary of terms, from acetabulo-cristal buttress to zygomaxillary ridge (look them up if you want to know). There is also a very useful selection of briefly reviewed links to other sites dealing with evolution and archaeology.

BECOMING HUMAN
Part of the Institute of Human Origins which "conducts, interprets and publicizes scientific research on the human career," this site has a series of interactive, multimedia documentaries aimed at promoting a greater understanding of human evolution. It also has an extensive glossary of terms related to the subject and links to other relevant sites.

DINOSAUR ILLUSTRATIONS
As the title suggests, this is a catalogue of where to find illustrations of dinosaurs. There is a long list of dinosaurs, organised alphabetically, which leads to small images of the dinosaurs which serve as links to the original illustrations. The site can be searched in a variety of different ways, and the pictures, by a range of different artists, tend to be of good quality, and many of them are quite spectacular.

ENCYCLOPEDIA OF LIFE
This site is a work in progress: a global partnership between the scientific community and the general public to make freely available knowledge about all the species known to science. Anybody can register as an EOL contributor, and expert curators ensure quality by authenticating submitted materials.

EVOLUTION
This American site, part of the PBS media enterprise and an offshoot of a television miniseries, examines evolutionary science and the profound effect it has had on society and culture. Divided into seven main sections: Darwin, Change, Extinction, Survival, Sex, Humans and Religion, it is crammed with fascinating information, articles, videos and pictures covering everything from Darwin's "dangerous idea" to a mixture of theories about the extinction of the dinosaurs.

FORESTRY COMMISSION
The Forestry Commission is "the government department responsible for the protection and expansion of Britain's forests and woodland. Our goal is always to ensure that Britain can use its forests to contribute positively to as many of the nation's needs as we can while sustaining this great resource for the future." The website contains information about British wildlife, with a library of pictures and a variety of webcams.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Founded in 1888 to "increase and diffuse geographic knowledge," the National Geographic aims to inspire people to care about the planet. Its website is crammed with an amazing selection of photographs and articles about wildlife, people, space and the environment.

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
This website is dedicated to the work and achievements of the Natural History Museum and is crammed with images, features, videos and blogs related to a huge range of subjects connected with the natural world. "Museum scientists are researching the solar system, Earth's geology and life in novel ways, using the unique combination of their expertise, collections and cutting-edge techniques."

NATURE PHOTO
This website is home to a stunning collection of high-quality wildlife photographs under the headings of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and fishes, insects, invertebrates, plants, mushrooms and landscapes. There are alphabetical lists of the photos in each section and a page of wallpapers which can be used freely for personal use. Many of the photos can also be sent as e-cards.

PRIMATES
Created and maintained by Dr. Dennis O'Neil of the Behavioral Sciences Department, Palomar College, San Marcos, California, this site contains a wealth of useful information about all primates, including humans. There are videos explaining various aspects of the subject and topic-related crossword puzzles and links to other relevant sites.

ROYAL SOCIETY FOR THE PROTECTION OF BIRDS
The website of the RSPB is crammed with information about the work of the society, but it also contains a lot of very useful information about British birds. There are lots of up-to-date articles about all aspects of the society's work, and how individuals can help or contribute.

WHALE IMAGES
This website is "dedicated to bringing you information and quality pictures of various species of whales and dolphins." The information is extensive and well presented and the pictures, some of which are quite breathtaking, are of a good quality. There are also links to pictures of other animals and birds on HickerPhoto, with which this site appears to be closely associated.

WILDLIFE PICTURES
This site contains a wealth of often beautiful photos of African wildlife, many of which are free for personal, non-commercial, educational and conservation purposes. The photo galleries are divided by species, and the quality of the photos is very good. It also contains sections with information about a variety of related topics including Wildlife Information, Safaris, Screensavers and Art.

WWF
WWF aims to protect the future of nature and claims to be the world's leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries and supported by close to 5 million members globally. It works to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems, and to build a future in which human needs are met in harmony with nature.