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Collections Management (showing 2 of 2 listings)

Collections Management - A Resource for Managing Fossil Collections: From the American Museum of Natural History and PaleoPortal, this site is intended as a central resource on collections management for anyone who has an interest in fossil collections, from museum and lab professionals, to amateur collectors, to school and university students. If you are responsible for a fossil collection in an institution, have a private collection, are thinking about a career in paleontology, or just are interested in what museums do with all those fossils, this site is for you.

CollectiveAccess: CollectiveAccess is a full-featured collections management and online access application for museums, archives and digital collections. It is designed to handle large, heterogeneous collections that have complex cataloguing requirements and require support for a variety of metadata standards and media formats. Unlike most other collections management applications, CollectiveAccess is completely web-based. All cataloging, search and administrative functions are accessed using common web-browser software, untying users from specific operating systems and making cataloguing by distributed teams and online access to collections information simple, efficient and inexpensive. While intended for cultural heritage organizations, CollectiveAccess is finding increasing use in natural history and geological applications.

CollectiveAccess is freely available open-source software licensed under the GNU Public License version 2 (GPL v2).

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Databases (showing 3 of 18 listings)

Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia Invertebrate Paleontology Database: Searchable database of invertebrate fossil holdings at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.

UCMP On-Line Collections Database: Search for catalogued localities and specimens held in the University of California Museum of Paleontology. Includes plants, invertebrates, vertebrates and microfossils.

UF Vertebrate Paleontology Databases: On-line, searchable databases of over 200,000 specimens in the collection of the Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville.

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Image Collections (showing 3 of 19 listings)

Invertebrate Paleontology Image Gallery: Peabody Museum of Natural History: A gallery of display-quality fossil images from the research collections in the Division of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Peabody Museum. Specimen and locality information accompanies each image when possible.

North American Stromatolites: An image gallery and brief descriptive information about stromatolites in North America.

3D Museum: A website maintained by the Vertebrate Paleobiology Lab at the University of California, Davis, that explores ways of communicating 3D morphological data over the Internet. Includes 3D images of extinct and extant organisms.

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Annotated Bibliographies (showing 1 of 1 listings)

Bibliography of Paleobotany: A bibliographic database of paleobotany including more than 56,000 entries. It also includes references on Antarctic geology and paleontology and citations on Women in Science.

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Maps (showing 3 of 8 listings)

Cretaceous Rocks: A page from the Tapestry of Time and Terrain map site, produced by the USGS, that illustrates the exposures of Cretaceous rocks in the United States. The site includes additional links and information.

New Jersey Geological Survey maps: This NJ Geological Survey page offers downloadable pdf files of some bedrock, and several surficial, geologic maps of the state.

Illinois State Geological Survey, Quaternary Deposits Map: Map showing the extent of the Quaternary glacial deposits covering Illinois.

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Courses and Lectures (showing 2 of 2 listings)

The Virtual Paleobotany Lab: Developed as an on-line lab manual at the University of California, Berkeley, this lab covers the evolution of plants through geologic time.

Paleogeography of the Southwestern U.S.: The paleogeography of the southwestern U.S. from 1.8 billion years ago to 10 million years ago. Text and images by Dr. Ron Blakey from Northern Arizona University.

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Curriculum and Classroom Resources (showing 3 of 7 listings)

Teacher-Friendly Guides to Geology: Provides teachers with an intuitive and jargon-free review of the geology of different regions of the United States. 

Learning From the Fossil Record: This volume, published by the Paleontological Society and offered on-line by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, offers articles, activities, and links for teachers.

FossilPlot: FossilPlot is a spreadsheet application for making graphs of the diversity and stratigraphic ranges of Phanerozoic marine animals. It builds on the compendium of marine genera published by Sepkoski (Bull. of Amer. Paleontology, 2002) and makes these data available, accessible and practical for teaching concepts in evolution.

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On-line Journals/Publications (showing 3 of 20 listings)

Palaios: PALAIOS, an international journal of SEPM, emphasizes the impact of life on Earth history. This journal is devoted to application of paleontology in solving geologic problems in a broad spectrum of subdisciplines including stratigraphy, sedimentology, paleogeography, paleoecology, and paleobiology. Each issue features several comprehensive articles as well as numerous short papers, book reviews, relevant news, and announcements.

PaleoBios: PaleoBios is a peer-reviewed journal produced by the University of California Museum of Paleontology. Issued in three numbers each year, PaleoBios publishes scholarly articles on all paleontological topics.

Reinterpretation of Climactichnites Logan 1860 to Include Subsurface Burrows, and Erection of Musculopodus for Resting Traces of the Trailmaker: A 2008 journal article by P.R. Getty and J.W. Hagadorn concerning these enigmatic trace fossils.

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Field Guides (showing 3 of 39 listings)

Fossils of Kentucky: Everything you need to know about Kentucky fossils.

Oceans of Kansas: Photographs, artwork, historical papers, and other information on the sea creatures, especially mosasaurs and plesiosaurs, that lived in the Western United States during the Cretaceous period.

The Life and Times of Long Dead Sharks: Information on fossil sharks and rays, primarily from Miocene to Pleistocene marine sediments in eastern North Carolina. Also material on select locations around the U.S.

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History of Paleontology (showing 3 of 5 listings)

The Importance of Fossils: A short history of paleontology in Mexico written in May 2000.

Dinosaurios en México: A history of dinosaur discoveries in Mexico.

The Bone Feud: The Bone Feud is a novel about the fossil feud between paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and O.C. Marsh in the 1870s. It's a fictionalized but well-researched and entertaining take on the story, and is quite suitable for young adults.

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General Reference (showing 3 of 43 listings)

Maine State Fossil, Pertica quadrifaria: Fact sheet describing Maine's state fossil, the early land plant Pertica quadrifaria.

Introduction to the "Green Algae": This set of pages from the UC Museum of Paleontology introduces the fossil record, life history, systematics and morphology of the "green algae".

Introduction to Cnidaria: These pages from the UC Museum of Paleontology discuss the fossil record, life history, systematics and morphology of the Cnidarians.

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Undergrad volunteer Martha Kutter, plastering a block containing the bones of Zephyrosaurus.


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Student volunteer Yasmin Rahman, making molds of fossil bones.

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