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, called 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 neck of the forest. But the ancient earth is one step better than a searchable database ̵
When you first open the ancient earth, it is by default 240 million years ago, around the time the dinosaurs began to roam the earth. You will see a big shift on the continents, but it also shows political boundaries, so you will not be lost.
You can enter the state, zip code or even your full address to get an overview of where you live, and the interface shows you which fossils are nearby. You can click on fossil entry to get a complete database entry about the dinosaurs from your area.
When you are ready to zip through time, you can change the period to at any time from the present to 750 million years ago. You can jump to the appearance of different types of life, such as green algae or insects, if you prefer.
Don’t forget to wander around and play with some of the other options as well. Then share with some friends so they too can get into the planet’s history.