Web notes

 

Thank you messages to www.ucmp.berkeley.edu
web spider graphic “I just wanted to thank you so much for responding to my son Matt’s email. Your web site helped him with his research report. He is now telling everyone he will be attending college in California to be a paleontologist. The funny thing is, he has had his heart set on this career since he was about 3yrs old, so who knows.”

“Your site has been such a help to me. I’m in 5th grade and we have been learning about biomes. Our textbook doesn’t include a lot of information on biomes, but your site does. All the assignments that I turned in that I used your information for I got 100%. Thanks again for helping me.”

Thank you messages to evolution.berkeley.edu
“Fantastic job! The http://evolution.berkeley.edu/ site is great. Wonderful design, wonderful architecture, great content! I appreciate that the navigation is intuitive and that even the graphics load quickly on a dial-up connection. Everyone did a fantastic job! I wish all educational sites were this good.”

“Excellent job!!!!! :) I really do enjoy it! There’s lots of cool hidden humor—I especially like some of the students’ questions on those ‘quick quiz’ parts. Evolution really is something that people have soooo many misconceptions about, and your site really helps clear up a bunch of those misconceptions. So thanks so much for the great site and keep up the great work!!! :)”

In addition, the Netwatch column in the Feburary 20 issue of Science Magazine recommended the Understanding Evolution web site as a source for up-to-date information and classroom resources for teachers. The site is designated as a “highly recommended”

 

evolution resource on the National Science Teachers Association website

UCMP web totals (Evolution and General) for March, 2004: Successful requests for pages: 4,341,166

Pat Holroyd packs up sea cow vertebrae

We ship anywhere!
Museum Scientist Pat Holroyd packs up some bones of an extinct Steller’s or Great Northern Sea Cow for shipping. This specimen, found in Alaska, represents a species discovered and then hunted to extinction in the 18th century.
The San Diego Museum of Natural History, in putting together an exhibit featuring the skeleton of a similarly-sized fossil sea cow, found that they were missing some of the vertebrae. In order to complete their new display, they asked to borrow some vertebrae from this UCMP specimen for molding and casting.

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May, 2004