Zoology - BIOL 214
Dr. Kerry A. Hansknecht
Lander University





Links to Resources Relevant to the Beginning of the Course


The UC Museum of Paleontology's Evolution 101 site - Explore various topics related to evolution, including speciation and the history of life on earth

The Complete Work of Charles Darwin Online - ALL of Darwin's writings, FREE!

The International Commission on Stratigraphy - Obtain the most up-to-date geologic time chart

The US Geological Survey - Read a brief summary about radiometric dating from the USGS

Dating Rocks and Fossils Using Geologic Methods - A fairly detailed explanation of dating methods from Nature Education

The Day the Mesozoic Died - An awesome short film about "the end of an era!"





Animal Diversity and Taxonomy


The Tree of Life Web Project - Lose yourself exploring the diversity of living organisms and their relationships

The Catalogue of Life - A checklist of more than 1.5 million species known to science

Encyclopedia of Life - Information and pictures of all species known to science


PLACOZOA

The World Placozoa Database - Most of what we know about these neat, simple animals can be found here


CNIDARIA and CTENOPHORA

Ctenophores - some notes from an expert - An amazing source of info on these very interesting creatures

Nematocysts - amusing video about the stinging cells of cnidarians from Smarter Every Day


ARTHROPODA

Triops longicaudatus - Some info about tadpole shrimp, an ancient (and ancient-looking!) crustacean

Triops longicaudatus - More triops info

The Cicadas are Coming!! - Lots of info about periodical cicadas

The Biology of Insect Song - A brief authoritative account of how orthopterans and cicadas produce and hear sounds


SITES WITH INFORMATION ABOUT MULTIPLE INVERTEBRATE TAXA

Invertebrate Zoology OnLine - This is the mother lode of invertebrate anatomy. Used by educators and researchers all over the world, this is a collection of laboratory observation and dissection guides for more than a hundred invertebrates, all developed and written by Lander's own Dr. Richard S. Fox (the fellow for whom our lab classroom is named). Several of the exercises we will conduct in our zoology course come from this collection.

A Snail's Odyssey - Here's a very informative website that has loads of reliable info about a great variety of invertebrate groups


CHORDATA

Discover Fishes - Information on fishes from the Florida Museum of Natural History

Herpetology at SREL - Information on the reptiles and amphibians of South Carolina and Georgia, from UGA's Savannah River Ecology Laboratory

All About Birds - The Cornell Lab of Ornithology's online bird guide

Mammal Species of the World - A somewhat technical database of mammal taxa based on Wilson and Reeder's impressive tome

Timeline of Human Evolution - A cool interactive timeline of human evolution from the National Museum of Natural History, part of the Smithsonian Institution


Stay tuned; there's more to come.





Other useful and interesting links


Etymonline - The Online Etymology Dictionary: A great place to learn about word origins

Biodiversity Heritage Library - Digital access to some amazing references dating back to the mid-1400's

Handbook of Biological Statistics - An awesome and free stats book

An R Companion for the Handbook of Biological Statistics - A guide to using R (a free stats "program") to accompany the above stats book

Social Science Statistics - An awesome statistics guide with some web-based stats calculators

What Stat? - A concise guide to which statistical tests to use (and how to perform them) for different types of data




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Mailing Address:

Dr. Kerry A. Hansknecht
Department of Biology, Lander University
320 Stanley Ave.
CPO Box 6030
Greenwood, SC 29649


Tel: (864) 388-8286
Email: clarkii@nerodia.net
(Lander students should communicate with me via my Lander email account, not this one)