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Taxonomic Resources

Biological Diversity and Taxonomy projects:

Tree of Life Web Project
A collaborative Internet project containing information about phylogeny and biodiversity.

International Working Group on Taxonomic Databases
TDWG's Mission is to provide an international forum for biological data projects, to develop and promote the use of standards; and to facilitate data exchange.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility
The mission of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) is to make the world's primary data on biodiversity freely and universally available via the Internet. The GBIF vision is that it will contribute to economic growth, ecological sustainability, social outcomes and scientific research by increasing the utility, availability and completeness of primary scientific biodiversity information available on the Internet.

Taxonomic databases on line

Taxonomic reference databases at the Smithsonian
(Mammals, Plants and Fungi in the Guiana, Coleoptera, Insects, Crustacea Isopoda, and Brachiopods)

The PaleoBiology database provides global, collection-based occurrence and taxonomic data for marine and terrestrial animals and plants of any geological age. It includes the North American Fossil Mammal Systematics Database

Plant fossil database This Version 2.2 of the Plant Fossil Record (PFR2.2) database includes descriptions and occurrences of many thousands of extinct plants. For the first time modern genera with fossil species are included in the description database. Names, places and ages can be searched and the occurrences are instantly plotted on palaeogeographic maps. Patterns of migration and evolution through geological time can be clearly examined to help better understand the history of climatic and environmental change.

Biodiversity on the Internet

A Genus-level Dinosaur Supertree by D. Pisani, A. Yates, M. Langer, and M. Benton, University of Bristol, UK

Paleontological Atlases:

Austrian fossil database by H. Fluegel

Paleontological database for type fossils in Austrian collections by Austrian Academy of Sciences

Catalogue of Alaska Fossil locations (under construction) created by N. Zhang, Oregon State University

BrachNet is an online catalogue of modern and fossil brachiopods (coordinated by C. Emig, Marseille, France, and M. Pardo Alonso, Valencia, Spain)

Coralline Algae created by Michael Rasser, University of Graz, Austria

Cretaceous dinoflagellate database at the Natural History Museum, London.

Echinoid database at the Natural History Museum, London.

Invertebrate Paleontology Image Gallery at Yale University

Former British Petroleum microfossil collection database at the Natural History Museum, London.

Modern and fossil pollen data (several databases) from the World Data Center for Paleoclimatology archive

NMITA Neogene Marine Biota of Tropical America coordinated by A. Budd, University of Iowa

Atlas of Paleocene Planktonic Foraminifera created by Richard K. Olsson, Christoph Hemleben, William A. Berggren, Brian T. Huber, Editors and Members of the Paleogene Planktonic Foraminifera Working Group

Paleontology Database Network provides links to several paleontological databases. At University of California, Berkeley, Museum of Paleontology.

PaleoReefs is an electronic compilation of all marine reefal structures from the pre-Quaternary Phanerozoic, that is, from 543 million years to 2 million years before the present. Data were mostly extracted from the published literature but personal observations and communications were also incorporated. To access it, please contact Dr. Wolfgang Kiessling ( - Humboldt Museum, Berlin) to obtain a password.

Atlas of paleovegetation since the last interglacial compiled by J. Adams and H. Faure

PETRALGA Permian-Triassic Algae maintained by Bruno Granier

Radiolarians maintained by J. Dolven, University of Oslo

Rhodophyceae maintained by Bruno Granier

Taxonomic dictionaries

Catalogue of Orbitolinid Foraminifera by H. Loeser

Taxonomic catalogue of Rudist bivalves by T. Steuber

Trans'Tyfipal is the national database of the TYpes and FIgurated specimens of PALeontology housed in French paleontological collections. The database is curated by J. Thomas (University de Dijon, France). The macrofossil and microfossil specimens described in the database are the official references for paleontological publications in France. Access to the complete geographic data is currently restricted. Data entry is coordinated through the paleontology laboratories of the universities of Dijon (host site), Lille, Lyon, Rennes, the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris (M.N.H.N), the Association Geologique Auboise (Troyes), the Museum des Sciences Naturelles et de Prehistoire de Chartres, and the Museums des Sciences Naturelles d'Orleans.

Peer-reviewed electronic publications

Carnets de Geologie - Notebooks on Geology (Editor: Nadine Roulance; Associate Editors: Bruno Granier and Nestor Sander) has been established to provide a new and rapid means of presenting papers in the fields of sedimentology, stratigraphy, and paleontology, but submissions on other subjects will be considered for publication. Most papers are in French or English, but others in Spanish, German, or Italian will appear; all include abstracts in English and French. Contributions appear in the form of numbered issues as soon as they have been approved by the reviewers and any revisions necessary have been made by their authors.

Palaeontologia Electronica (Executive Editors: Whitey Hagadorn and P. David Polly; Managing Editor: Jennifer Pattison Rumford) publishes on the WWW paleontology articles, reviews, and resources.