Animal Diversity Web, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan

Data Center Description
Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database of animal natural history,
distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of

Animal Diversity Web Has

·Thousands of species accounts about individual animal species. These may
include text, pictures of living animals, photographs and movies of specimens,
and/or recordings of sounds. Students write the text of these accounts and we
cannot guarantee their accuracy.

·Descriptions of levels of organization above the species level, especially
phyla, classes, and in some cases, orders and families. Hundreds of hyperlinked
pages and images illustrate the traits and general biology of these groups.
Professional biologists prepare this part.

ADW is a large searchable encyclopedia of the natural history of animals. Every
day, thousands of classroom students and informal visitors use it to answer
animal questions. ADW provides a way to make the contents of research museums
available globally for teaching and research. So far, our efforts have been
directed mainly at mammals. Photographs of scientific specimens are available
for representative species from most mammal families. We've also included
several hundred Quick Time Virtual Reality Movies of skulls.

An essential feature of the ADW is student authorship of species accounts.
Students learn considerable detail about the biology of a species, then share
their work with users worldwide by making it part of our permanent database.


[Summary provided by the University of Michigan.]

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