There are several significant online resources that can enhance the study of animal development. Although there are many that could be cited, here are a few of my favorites. My apologies if your site isn't here; this idiosyncratic list contains site mostly selected because they have large numbers of great movies or image montages...
Books and Instructional CDs
Scott Gilbert's Developmental Biology, 6th edition, at NCBI: the current
edition is the 7th, but this us a great resource,
including most line art.
Scott Gilbert's Developmental Biology, 7th edition site (Sinauer): site
linked to the current edition of Scott's book.
Vade Mecum: site that supplements
Tyler and Kozlowski's Vade Mecum CD and Mary
Tyler's lab manual. Staging series, interactive games,
Fred Wilt and Sarah Hake's
Principles of Developmental
Biology student web site: provides links by
chapter to various topics in developmental biology.
Gastrulation: From Cells to
Embryos (Claudio Stern, editor): Online
supplement to the book from Cold Spring Harbor. Many
images, and several chapters have great time lapse
Course web sites
Mark Hill's embryology site (University
of New South Wales): Contains links to many movies
relevant to vertebrate development.
Klaus Kalthoff's Biology 349 site at
the University of Texas-Austin: Klaus's site
contains a convenient index of movie listings (many
from this web site!)
Bill Wasserman's Developmental Biology
site at Loyola University, Chicago: Contains links
to images and movies, including materials from this
site, covering a wide range of topics.
Leon Browder's Virtual Embryo site at
the University of Calgary: an early, classic
online resource in developmental biology
Judith Cebra-Thomas's lab course site
at Swarthmore College: nice staging series for
common developmental biology model systems used in lab
Scott Gilbert's Zygote site: older
site with interesting sidelights in developmental
biology, originally designed to supplement earlier
editions of Scott's text.
Anna Ross's Biology 211 (Vertebrate
Embryology Lab) site, Christian Brothers
University: many links to useful materials for
embryology lab courses.
Gallery pages at the Center for Cell
Dynamics, University of Washington: George von
Dassow's incredible resource covering mostly
invertebrate species. A huge number of time lapse
movies and 3d reconstructions of immunostained
embryos, beautifully presented.
The microscope station at the
Exploratorium: Outstanding Flash-based time-lapse
sequences of sea urchin, mouse ES cell, chick heart,
and zebrafish development.
Rachel Fink's site at Mt. Holyoke
College: Several clips from videos she has
produced for Sinauer, and clips generated by her and
her students, including echinoderms and teleosts.
Society for Developmental Biology's
Developmental Biology Cinema: movies of fly
morphogenesis, calcium dynamics in Medaka,
filopodia in sea urchins, and neural crest
Organism specific sites
Bob Goldstein's movie page: Movies
(including some from my lab) of many developmental
events in C. elegans.
Ed Munro's research page at the Center
for Cell Dynamics, University of Washington:
movies of very early development in C.
Wormatlas: Images of worm anatomy,
digitized classic papers, and nice diagrams.
WormBook: Chapters on many aspects
of C. elegans development, downloadable as free PDFs,
including embedded movies in several chapters.
Developmental biology section of
WormClassroom: Educational site on C.
elegans early development from Fong Mei Lu, Kevin
Elicieri, and John White, University of
The Anatomy pages at FlyBase:
Images and morphed movies of Drosophila
development, at the one-stop Drosophila
The Interactive Fly: Database of
Drosophila development and conserved
molecular pathways in higher eukaryotes, with links to
formation of specific anatomical structures.
FlyMove: Incredible Flash-based
tutorials and animations covering many aspects of
Dorsal closure movies from Paul Martin's laboratory, Univ. of
Bristol, Alfonso Martinez Arias' laboratory,
Cambridge Univ., Mark Peifer's laboratory, Univ. of
North Carolina, Dan Kiehart's laboratory, Duke
Univ., and Antonio Jacinto, Instituto
Gulbenkian de Cięncia, Portugal.
Bill Sullivan's laboratory, U.C. Santa
Cruz: movies of cellularization, pole cells, and
The Sea Urchin embryology site (SUE) at
Stanford University: Many animated GIFs and
teaching resources for sea urchins, especially for
Mark Terasaki's video essay, Mol. Biol.
of the Cell (1998): great movies of cortical
granule exocytosis, fertilization, calcium dynamics
Jan Ellenberg's laboratory at EMBL,
Heidelberg: Movies of oogenesis, adult in aquaria,
and early development.
Michael Aitchison and Michael Whitaker,
Univ. of Newcastle-upon-Tyne: movies of calcium
dynamics in sea urchin embryos.
Shuster laboratory, New Mexico State
Univ.: Movies of sea urchin cleavage.
Xenopus and other Amphibians
Atlas at XenBase: The descriptive
section of the Xenopus database, including a
movie page with links to several useful movies (some
are incorporated into this site).
Huw Williams and Jim Smith at Cambridge
University: great overview movies of Xenopus
laevis early development.
Enrique Amaya's laboratory, Cambridge
University: Movies of Xenopus tropicalis
gastrulation and neurulation.
Dave Shook's gallery in Ray Keller's
laboratory at the University Virginia: Wonderful,
high-resolution movies of gastrulation in
Xenopus and Ambystoma.
John Wallingford's laboratory at the
University of Texas-Austin: images and several
nice movies from John's research, including movies of
Xenopus and Ambystoma neurulation.
Supplementary materials for Ray
Keller's 2002 Science article on convergent extension:
Movies of amphibian and zebrafish gastrulation (some
the same as at the Gastrulation and Shook
sites mentioned above).
Dominique Alfandari laboratory, U.
Mass.-Amherst: Movies of cranial crest migration.
Mark Cooper's FishScope site,
University of Washington: confocal movies of
various developmental processes in zebrafish embryos.
Paul Myers' movie galleries at the University
Minnesota-Morris - both old and new: movies of zebrafish
development, calcium dynamics, and more.
The flipbook movie from Don Kane and
Rolf Karlstrom: low magnification overview of
Supplementary materials from Development papers
from Carl-Phillip Heisenberg's
laboratory, Max Planck Institute, Dresden: Montero et al (2005), and Ulrich et al (2003).
Supplementary materials from Nathalia
Glickman and Charles Kimmel's 2003 Development paper: movies of notochord and
Chuck Kimmel's lab's movies at the
University of Oregon: hindbrain and cranial crest
Erez Raz's laboratory, Max Planck
Institute, Göttingen: movies of primordial germ
cell migration. See more movies from Weidinger et al (2001) and Doitsidou (2001).
Gary Schoenwolf's laboratory,
University of Utah: movies of neurulation and
primitive streak formation.
Movies by Paul Kulesa and Scott Fraser,
California Institute of Technology (note: Paul is
now at the Stowers Institute): neural crest in
More of Paul's movies hosted at Mark Hill's Embryology site.
ChickScope, Beckman Institute,
California Institute of Technology: K-12 site
devoted to chick development.
Claudio Stern's laboratory, Oxford
Univ.: Tutorial on chick development
Cornelius Weijer's laboratory, Univ. of Dundee: Dev. Cell (2004) paper on FGFs and
the primitive streak.
The Multidimensional Human Embryo site
at the University of Michigan: Viewing and virtual
slices through Carnegie stages of human embryos.
The Edinburgh Mouse Atlas Project:
3d reconstruction and slices through various stages of
mouse embryos, including 3d images of various germ
Embryo Images Online at the University
of North Carolina: Interactive tutorial, including
many SEM images of developing mammalian embryos.
Transgenic Core Facility, Max Planck
Institute, Dresden: movies of pronuclear injection
and blastocyst injection in mice
Janet Heasman/Chris Wylie laboratory,
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center:
germ cell migration in mice
Human Reproductive Technologies
Dr. Najeeb Layyous' clinic: movies
of various reproductive technological interventions in
Reproductive Medicine Associates:
movies of various reproductive technological
interventions in human patients.