Internet/World Wide Web Resources

Internet/World Wide Web Resources
for Evolution and Molecular Biology

Robert Steingreaber

Target group: Biology teachers.
Materials and equipment: A computer with an Internet connection, and a WWW browser.
Summary of activity: This is a list of World Wide Web sites that can be accessed through the use of a WWW browser such as Netscape. The list contains Web addresses and a short description or each site. Sites included are those that would be of interest and use to biology teachers preparing materials on Molecular Biology, Evolutionary Biology, and Evolution.
Prior knowledge, concepts or vocabulary necessary to complete activity: A working knowledge of how to use a WWW browser and how to access sites using http addresses.
Teacher instructions: This list includes a number of interesting sites for beginning a journey into the World Wide Web in search of information and resources on Evolution and related subjects. The list is not exhaustive; it is merely a starting point for your journey into the rapidly developing and changing world of the WWW. The descriptions are intentionally short and to the point. The only way to find useful information is to ³surf the "Net"!

Netscape, a WWW browser program available as freeware for educational use, is one of the more popular browsers. Netscape is available via anonymous ftp from Download a version for Macintosh, Windows, or Unix, and you¹re on your way. Begin the Netscape program, select ³open location² from the File menu, type in the address, hit the return, and happy browsing! Netscape is user friendly, and permits the user to save useful addresses as ³Bookmarks² for easy access.

World Wide Web Sites

The sites are organized by broad topic. Each entry consists of a short title of the site followed by a more extended site description.


The Theory of Evolution
A primer on the various theories of evolution. Some editorial material, but very interesting, and lots of additional links to check out.


The Museum of Paleontology (Berkeley)
Tour the fourth largest paleontological collection in the U.S. Special information on current exhibits, and a catalog and index of pictures for thousands of specimens.

ArchNet serves as the WWW Virtual Library for Archeology. Academic programs, museum and research facilities, site files and tours, and a wide variety of additional subject areas may be researched.

Evolutionary Biology

Vertebrate Genome Databases
A collection of vertebrate genome databases, mostly domestic animals. Check out the Dog Genome Project, (, for a quick look at how genes are mapped, using DNA markers.

Introduction to Phylogeny
Click on "The Biosphere" and work your way through 3.5 billion years -- the phylogeny of all organisms, from whales to bacteria. Includes fossil records, life history and ecology, systematics, and morphology. More great graphics, download if you like them!

Genome Net
A Japanese computer network for genome research and molecular and cellular biology. It gives amino acid and nucleotide sequences for thousands of proteins and genes and has extensive genome databases. Be sure to try the Sequence Interpretation Tools, which easily compare proteins and genes between species.

The Tree of Life
Contains information about phylogenetic relationships of organisms. Each page corresponds to a clade with buttons to help navigate between taxa in the tree. One neat feature is information on how to contribute to the Tree of Life. Try it! (Note: This site is still under construction.)

1994 Report of the Committee on Human Mitochondrial DNA
A question on mitochondrial DNA? Here¹s the site to get an answer. Text documents, graphics table of polymorphisms and a reference list.

Molecular Biology

Primer on Molecular Genetics
A complete description of the Department of Energy¹s Human Genome Project. It has very complete, detailed information, from the basics of DNA to the complexities of new sequencing technologies. Lots of text!
Access Excellence
Mountains of information on all types of topics. The Graphics Gallery has loads of pictures -- from mitosis to retrovirus replication.

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