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


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


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


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

Triops longicaudatus - More triops info

Copepods - Authoritative info about one of the more diverse, widespread, abundant, and cute crustacean groups

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


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


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

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)