What do you get when you combine one of the largest Dinosaur databases in the world with the power of Google Earth-like technology? The sweet chance to see what your area looked like millions of years ago. You can even see which fossils are nearby. The best part is that the 3D map, named Ancient Earth, is free.
Ancient Earth is the brainchild of Ian Webster, curator of the Dinosaur Database. There you can search by region to find which dinosaurs lived in the forest. But Ancient Earth is one step better than a searchable database ̵1; it is a 3D globe that shows our planet through the ages.
When you first open the ancient earth, it is by default 240 million years ago, about the time when dinosaurs began to roam the earth. You will see a great shift on the continents, but helpfully it also shows political boundaries, so that you will not get lost.
You can enter your permit, zip code or even your full address to get an exact location, and the interface shows which fossils are nearby. You can click on the fossil record to get a complete database entry about the dinosaurs from your area.
When you are ready to do the time, you can change the period to at any time from the current to 750 million years ago. You can jump to different types of life, such as green algae or insects, if you prefer.
Don’t forget to point around and play with some of the other options as well. Then share with some friends so they can also get into the history of our planet.