THIS PAGE explains the organization and navigation of our on-line exhibits. If you are visiting our site for the first time, or are looking for more general information than is presented here, try our Information for First-time Visitors page, which discusses the museum, lists on-line offerings of our site, and provides links to additional information.
Organization of the UCMP Virtual Exhibit Halls
Navigational Aids | Examples
Help and Additional Resources | Notes on Viewing the Pages
Authors, Images, Copyrights and Additional Information
Organization of the UCMP Virtual Exhibit HallsThe exhibits are the core of the UCMP web site, and they are very extensive. They are organized thematically into three major "wings:" Phylogeny, Geology, and Evolution. Each wing has its own distinct format.
Each wing has an Entrance Hall, allowing you to begin to explore from a fixed point. As you wander from hallway to hallway, you will be presented with options on which direction to go, in a format tailored for each Wing. Some major exhibits within each wing, such as the dinosaurs, have their own entrance halls as well, and you will
also find some self-contained "special exhibits", such as our Dilophosaurus exhibit.
In all three wings, you may use text links to jump to related exhibits where appropriate, or you may use the Web Lift Bar which appears at the bottom of each page. The Web Lift Bar contains links to navigational aids that can help you quickly reach a point of interest in any of the three wings.
If your browser cannot display frames, you will instead be given the option to use the previous version of the Web Lift, where you may scroll through the list until you find what you want. If you have trouble finding the group you want in our list (it has grown rather long!), you can select the Express Web Lift from the top of the Web Lift Page instead of scrolling down.
Suppose that you are in the dinosaur exhibit, and become curious to know something about vegetation of that time. You would look to see when the dinosaurs lived (the Mesozoic Era),
and then use the "Any Period" link to the Geologic Time Machine, which is a listing of exhibits for our Geology Wing organized chronologically from oldest events to most recent. Choosing the Mesozoic, you could find a description of plants which co-existed with the dinosaurs, or click on any of the plant groups to find out even more.
Notes on Viewing the PagesThe UCMP Exhibit Halls were some of the earliest Web sites of their kind. You will occasionally find a page that looks "old" when compared to more recent pages. We are constantly editing and updating old pages, but we are also working on new exhibits. Please be patient with us as we try to race the Red Queen.
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Authors, Images, Copyrights and Additional InformationThe "Authors" button at the bottom of each page credits people who have written or revised exhibit pages. The on-line exhibits have been put together by a team of people associated with UCMP, including many graduate student volunteers.
Many of the images on our server were taken by volunteers and donated without compensation. These range from pictures of UCMP holdings to skeletons on display in Russia. Many additional images of protists, plants, and fungi were provided by the Wisconsin botanical images database, thanks to Mike Clayton, and are credited where they appear. Many vascular plant images have been provided courtesy of the Friends of the Jepson Herbarium. Other images have been lent to us by individuals or organizations; this is usually noted on the page near the image, at the bottom of the page, or in the page's authors/credits statement.
The copyright button usually links to our general copyright statement, although some pages provide information about sources of images and information.
At the bottom of most exhibit pages there are links to on-line sources of further relevant information. On some pages we have also listed published sources that were used as references.