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Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology. It features descriptions of individual animal species which may include text (written by college students), pictures, photographs or movies of specimens, and/or recordings of sounds. Taxonomic descriptions above the species level, especially phyla, classes, and in some cases, orders and families are also provided. Hyperlinked pages and images (prepared by professional biologists) illustrate the traits and general biology of these groups. Resources for K-12 instructors include Biokids, a curriculum and parallel site for younger students, a sample exercise and worksheet for high school students that uses information from the website, a critical thinking guide for researching the Web, and a short list of links for related information. There are also higher-level exercises for college students.
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