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This page provides you with LINKS TO OTHER WEB SITES related to ORGANIZATIONS, ARTICLES, PEOPLE, PLACES, SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION, SUBJECTS, TRIPS and other things important to persons doing research and folks who want to learn more about these things on this website.

When you go to another website and want to return here, you should be able to just click the BACK ARROW on that site. If that doesn't work, somewhere on your computer, save this website address http://www.proctormuseum.us.


Before starting out on our own list below (where we include some details about each site), we recommend that you visit http://www.amfed.org/mwf/resources/page5.html. This is a really GREAT page of LINKS provided by the Midwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies.


Here are web sites, followed by information on
that web site, which we hope will be useful to you.



  1. http://terryco.us= TerryCo, the web site of T. W. "Terry" Proctor, J.D. Terry is the Proctor Museum of Natural Science, Inc.'s Curator and Board Chairman. Here you will find information on the new art form which Terry has created and calls eArt Scanning. You will also find over 10 pages of examples of this wonderful new technique of taking your minerals, fossils, shells and even live things like insects and lizards and scanning them directly into your computer without a camera. The objects appear to float in front of the background, using Terry's technique and have a 3 dimensional appearance as well. You must see these eArt Scans to appreciate them.
  2. http://hgms.org = Houston Gem & Mineral Society. This web site allows you to obtain information about this really great organization. They have a club house (paid for) full of equipment to cut and polish gemstones and cabochons; clean and prepare fossils; made jewelry; learn about earth science and much more. They have SECTIONS, i.e. divisions of the group, who meet at regular time and day each month, on: Paleontology; Faceting; Lapidary; Mineral; Day Lighters (Mature folks who like to meet during the day); and the Youth (called Pebble Puppies). The 2008 & 2009 President of HGMS is the Curator/Board Chairman of the Proctor Museum of Natural Science, Terry Proctor.
  3. http://iftx.com = web site of John & Barbara Emerson, who are members of HGMS. They have out a fantastic book on the fossils of the Stone City Formation, of Eocene Fossils from a site on the Brazos River, between Bryan and Caldwell, Texas. One their website they display a fossil of the month. Their book is available here as is a CD of their Book.
  4. http://midamericapaleo.tripod.com= Mid American Paleontology Society (called MAPS). This is one of the really great Paleo groups in the U.S. They put out an excellent monthly publication; have annual meetings where one can acquire fossils of all type; and have a very good web site here.
  5. http://paleopelagicamuseum.com = Paleo + Pelagica Museum. A fairly new museum organization with a web site and a President, Anna Stanley, dedicated to obtaining a building to display her good collection of mostly marine fossils.
  6. http://www.rockfoodtable.com = Bill and Lois Patillo's Rock Food website. Here is displayed the amazing assortment of what appears to be delicious food, all of which is rocks, minerals and fossils. Enjoy.
  7. http://www.usgs.gov = web site of the United States Geological Survey. A good place to find out things, like where to get maps etc.
  8. http://www.tmm.utexas.edu = Texas Memorial Museum in Austin, Texas. Connected with the University of Texas.TMM is located at 2400 Trinity Street on the University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas. Direct telephone inquiries to 512-471-1604.
  9. http://www.brynmawr.edu/Library/Docs/paleo.html = Bryn Mawr University provides this electronic version of the 20-volume McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology.
  10. http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~lrobbins/geology.html#Professional = web site of Virginia Stone with many links to other websites in such areas as: Government Agencies; Professional Organizations; Volcanoes, earthquakes and plate tectonics; Historical geology; Geomorphology; and other.
  11. http://www.oceansofkansas.com = Oceans of Kansas. This site has a large reference section to other websites, as well as a vast amount of information on paleontology in Kansas and elsewhere. A visit here is a rewarding experience.
  12. http://www.gpc.edu/~pgore/geology/geo102/age.htm = Pamela J. W. Gore "The Age of the Earth" is a brief site with information on the age of the Earth.
  13. http://www.amerlands.org = American Land Access Association. On this site you will find the ominous Bill before Congress to restrict Rockhounds and other citizens from picking up ANY vertebrate fossil on public land (including I suppose a shark's tooth of which there are billions in the World, if not that many in the U.S.) and large fines plus seizure of your vehicle(s) and other things. This site has other legislation pending. The same Bill has come up over and again, but thus far has not passed. If it does, only PhDs or other degreed, qualified persons would be allowed to obtain and own vertebrate fossils from public lands. Some reasonable laws may need to be passed to protect public lands from those who would strip and sell valuable scientific finds but creating law to not only stop all taking of any vertebrate fossils is only part. The governmental agency supervisor could also declare areas off limits, which had invertebrate fossils also, even if the vertebrate fossils comprised only a small or insignificant part of the area or maybe even none. You need to read the legislation, if you are a collector and see what this could do to your rights.
  14. http://www.blm.gov = U.S. Bureau of Land Management. This site has official U.S. Government information about lands owned by the U.S. Government and your access to them, along with rules, regulations and other information and contacts.
  15. http://hmns.org = Houston Museum of Natural Science. One of America's really great museums. Joel Bartsch is Curator of a World Class Mineral Display. The Vertebrate Section is without a curator at present. Other Sections are available through this web site. If you haven't seen the IMAX theater; the Cockrell Butterfly Center; the Burke Baker Planetarium; and many wonderful exhibits. When in Houston, make sure you make time to go through this wonderful World Class Museum.
  16. http://www.fws.gov = U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
  17. http://enature.com = eNature.com wildlife Guides. This is a great place for research to look up hundreds of species of virtually every living thing in the Animal and Plant Kingdoms. GREAT RESOURCE.
  18. http://geoweb.tamu.edu/faculty/herbert/hillcountryvft/ = Texas A&M University, Geology & Geophysics "Texas Hill Country Virtual Field Trip".
  19. http://www.nwf.org/ = National Wildlife Federation. Has a monthly publication, between National Wildlife and International Wildlife. An activist organization for environment and wildlife.
  20. http://www.worldwildlife.org/enewsletter/ = World Wildlife Fund's newsletter. WWF has numerous projects to protect the wildlife of the World. An activist organization for environment and wildlife.
  21. http://www.shsu.edu/~pjl001/ = Sam Houston State University web page of Dr. Patrick J. Lewis. Dr. Lewis has dug for very ancient hominids in the desert of Egypt.


Other links, without details or explanations, which are probably self explanatory: (many of these are copied from the listing in the Midwest Federation of Mineralogical Societies, for which we again express our appreciation for the work they put in to build the list from which we have so freely borrowed here.

ASSOCIATIONS, FEDERATIONS AND ORGANIZATIONS:

American Federation of Mineralogical Societies = http://www.amfed.org/

American Geological Institute = http://www.agiweb.org/

Archaeological Institute of America = http://www.archaeology.org/

Association of American State Geologists [AASG] = http://www.stategeologists.org/AASG.html (with links to all state geological surveys)

Dallas Paleontological Society = http://www.dallaspaleo.org/

Fluorescent Mineral Society = http://www.uvminerals.org/

Gemological Institute of America = http://www.gia.org/

Geological Society of America = http://www.geosociety.org/

Houston Conchology Society = http://www.houstonshellclub.com/

Mineralogical Society of America = http://www.minsocam.org/

National Mining Association = http://www.nma.org/

National Speleological Society = http://www.caves.org/

South Central Federation of Mineral Societies = http://www.scfms.net/


FOSSILS AND PALEONTOLOGY:

Black Hills Institute (Hill City, SD) = http://www.bhigr.com/

Dinobase (database; University of Bristol, U.K.) = http://palaeo.gly.bris.ac.uk/dinobase/dinopage.html

Dino Directory (Natural History Museum, London, U.K.) = http://flood.nhm.ac.uk/jdsml/dino/

Dinosauricon, The (database, maps, art) = http://dinosauricon.com/main/index.html

Fossil Sites (link list) = http://home.att.net/%7ee.j.swearengin/fossils.htm

Max Behrendt = site on preparation of fossils, links and Trilobites http://www.fossilprep.com/weblinks.htm

Palaeobotany (link list) = http://www.uni-wuerzburg.de/mineralogie/palbot1.html (this site includes software you can purchase on Paleontology)

Sharks and Rays of the Miocene = http://www.elasmo.com/

Trilobites (University of Alberta, Canada) = site is down for now apparently

World of Amber = http://www.emporia.edu/earthsci/amber/


OTHER MUSEUMS:

Houston Museum of Natural Science = http://hmns.org

Paleo + Pelagica Museum = http://paleopelagicamuseum.com

Texas Memorial Museum = http://www.tmm.utexas.edu

American Museum of Natural History = http://www.amnh.org/science/index.php


PUBLICATIONS:

DISCOVER magazine = http://www.discover.com

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC = http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngm

NATURAL HISTORY magazine = www.nomad.com

NATIONAL WILDLIFE = http://www.nwf.org

POPULAR SCIENCE = http://www.popsci.com

ROCK & GEM magazine = http://www.rockngem.com/home.shtml

SCIENCE NEWS magazine = http://www.sciserv.org

TEXAS HIGHWAYS = http://www.texashighways.com


OTHER SOURCES:

BOB' ROCK SHOP = http://www.rockhounds.com
This site has many, many pages of valuable information. One of the best thing is the LIST OF GEM & MINERAL CLUBS, by State, in the entire United States. See this site to appreciate it.

COLOSSAL FOSSIL SITES = http://www.colossal-fossil-site.com

CONCHOLOGY (Shells) SITE = http://www.conchology.be/en/home/home.php
This site has thousands of beautiful shells, which you can view, purchase or bid on, plus books technical books and magazines on Shells and hundreds of underwater sea life photos taken by divers. See this site to appreciate it.