PaleoBase is a new initiative in the presentation of systematic
information on fossil organisms. It represents the marriage of
up-to-date systematic information on a collection of over 1500
fossil genera, state-of-the-art color digital photographs of
representative specimens from The Natural History Museum's
unrivaled paleontological collections, and modern relational
database technology. With PaleoBase an important new tool for the
teaching of life history in a wide variety of advanced secondary,
undergraduate and graduate courses (e.g., paleontology, historical
geology, stratigraphy, paleoceanography, paleobiogeography) becomes
available to students and educators alike.
PaleoBase: Macrofossils is the first product from the PaleoBase
project, and will be released in three Parts. It will consist of
approximately 1000 generic records drawn from the major
invertebrate groups. The genera have been carefully selected to
include taxa used in the teaching of paleontology and historical
geology worldwide. Together they represent the ideal fossil
collection; one that in practice only the largest natural history
museums could hope to assemble. PaleoBase: Macrofossils gives
educators, students and researchers access to a virtual collection
of these fossils - many of which are actual figured specimens from
the 19th and 20th century technical publications that served to
originally establish the concepts of these genera.
PaleoBase: Macrofossils Part One contains data on the Arthropods
(non-Trilobite), Brachiopods, Bryozoans, Graptolites, Trace Fossils
Part Two contains Bivalves, Gastropods, Ammonoids, Nautiloids,
Coleoids and Early Metazoans.
Part Three will cover Cnidaria, Echinoderms, Sponges, 'Other'
For an online demonstration and guided tour of PaleoBase:
Macrofossils please visit:
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