The Paleontological Society



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Links to Other Paleontology Resources

Numerous resources exist on the internet for learning more about the history of life on earth. Here are some of them:

General Interest, Evolution

Paleontology Portal - Produced by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, the Paleontological Society, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and the United States Geological Survey, this site is a resource for anyone interested in North American paleontology. Its sections include: Time and Space, Fossil Gallery, Famous Flora and Fauna, Careers, Resources, K-12, Collections, and PaleoPeople.

Early Classics in Biogeography, Distribution, and Diversity Studies: To 1950 - This web site consists of a bibliography "enhanced" in several ways, including the addition ot links to web-based biographical information on the authors involved, and the full-text of many of the entries. This site was featured in "Science" in June of 2002. A "1951-1975" period sequel is scheduled forintroduction later this year.

 I Want to Be a Paleontologist! - an online brochure from the Paleontological Research Institution.

Tell me more about evolution!

Understanding Evolution has been designed to be “your one-stop source for information on evolution.” The material it provides on the science and history of evolutionary biology and paleontology is clear, concise, and authoritative. Understanding Evolution is a non-commercial website, developed and maintained by the University of California Museum of Paleontology and the National Center for Science Education, with support from the National Science Foundation and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Talk.origins is a Usenet newsgroup devoted to the discussion and debate of biological and physical origins. Most discussions in the newsgroup center on the creation/evolution controversy, but other topics of discussion include the origin of life, geology, biology, catastrophism, cosmology and theology. Their archive provides mainstream scientific responses to the many frequently asked questions (FAQs) and frequently rebutted assertions that appear in talk.origins.

The PaleoNet Pages are an on-line clearinghouse for paleontological information. Features of the PaleoNet Pages include: information and on-line subscription/unsubscription instructions with e-mail links to all PaleoNet listservers; access to PaleoNet Archives, PaleoNet FTP Site, the PaleoNet Gopher and the PaleoNet Forum (an experiment in the creation of an electronic paleontological journal. Also links to: other on-line paleontological resources, a collection of public-domain images of paleontological objects/subjects, an on-line listing of positions for professional paleontologists, and lots of other things!

International Plant Taphonomy Meetings. The purpose of the International Plant Taphonomy Meetings is to stimulate scientific research and to promote contacts among scientists engaged in the study of plant taphonomy, including living and fossil plants of all geological periods.


Museums

Want to know more about paleontology? Then check out the marvelous WWW server of the University of California Berkeley Museum of Paleontology. Includes online exhibits, museum catalogs, and links to other resources.

The homepage of the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology has marvelous graphics.

The homepage of the Field Museum of Natural History  features an on-line version of the Life Over Time exhibit and current information about Sue the T-rex.

The University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

The Dr. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center in Orange County, California. Visit http://coopercenter.fullerton.edu for more information.

The Florida Museum of Natural History has searchable databases on its web site. The Florida Geological Survey collection joins the Pierce Brodkorb fossil bird collection, and the Invertebrate Paleontology type collection as multi-parametered searchable on-line databases.

The Science Museum of Minnesota. On the website, visitors can explore interactive panoramas of the plant and animal life of the Paleocene era, print out and color their own forest or underwater dioramas, go on an interactive fossil dig, see actual videos of the excavation at Wannagan Creek in South Dakota, and much more.

Homepage for the The Hunterian Museum in Glasgow.

The Cincinnati Museum Center has just published its Web page. Of particular interests to paleontologists are details of the Invertebrate and Vertebrate paleontology research programs, information on the Cincinnati Fossil Festival, and an inventory of the major holdings of the invertebrate paleontology collection.

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science has a page on Dinosaurs in New Mexico.

 Located on the banks of the Ohio River in Clarksville, Indiana at I-65 exit 0 is the Falls of the Ohio State Park. The 386-million-year-old fossil beds are among the largest naturally exposed Devonian fossil beds in the world.

The bilingual web site of the Canadian Museum of Nature includes information about exhibits, research activities, and collections, along with a changing line-up of nature-related information and fun activities.

The Section of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History has information regarding recent discoveries in vertebrate paleontology.

The Fundy Geological Museum in Nova Scotia, Canada has, among other exhibits, fossils of some of the earliest dinosaurs.

The new Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is under construction on the campus of the University of Oklahoma.

The British Geological Survey has fossils on its home page, as well as descriptions of all the main collections that they hold, plus full contact details.


Departments

The Institute of Paleobiology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (Warsaw, Poland).  The Institute includes four departments: Biogeology, Micropaleontology and Biostratigraphy, Systematic and Evolutionary Paleontology, and Vertebrate Paleontology. Included is a link to one of the Institute's journals: Palaeontologica Polonica.


Organizations

The Geological Society of America now maintains a homepage which includes the complete schedule, by day and discipline, for the Annual Meeting.

 The American Geophysical Union is an international scientific society with more than 35,000 members in over 115 countries. For over 75 years, AGU researchers, teachers, and science administrators have dedicated themselves to advancing theunderstanding of Earth and its environment in space and making the results available to the public.

 The Ecological Society of America. a non-partisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915 to: stimulate sound ecological research; clarify and communicate the science of ecology; and promote the responsible application of ecological knowledge to public issues.

The Web site of the American Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists has information about the Association, its publications, activities, and meetings, and how to join. It also includes the issues of the AASP Newsletter.

SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology) is an international not-for-profit Society based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. SEPM, through its network of 5,400 members, is dedicated to the dissemination of scientific information on sedimentology, stratigraphy, paleontology, environmental sciences, marine geology, hydrogeology, and many additional related specialties. It publishes PALAIOS, which emphasizes the impact of life on earth history.

The Gulf Coast Section of SEPM (GCSSEPM) and the GCSSEPM Foundation have their own web site.

NAMS is the North American Micropaleontology Section of  SEPM. The purpose of the Section is  to promote all aspects of micropaleontology through application, research and education dealing with morphology, biostratigraphy, ecology/paleoecology, and geologic history of all groups of microfossils occurring in the stratigraphic record.

The Paleontological Research Institution website features educational resources such as "virtual fieldtrips", and image/data files from the Institution's collections of more than 2 million specimens. Membership and publications information, and an e-mail membership application form are also provided.

Information on the British Palaeontological Association. This page contains info about the Palaeontological Association, membership, conferences, council, etc. and includes links to Pal Ass publication details, newsletters and other palaeontological sites on the web.

The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is committed to advancing  the science of  vertebrate paleontology. This site contains detailed information of society activities.

 The University of Kansas Paleontological Institute, publishes the Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, as well as the U. Kansas Paleontological Contributions.

A homepage maintained by the International Organisation of Palaeobotany contains copies of their newsletter, a plant fossil record database, and a place for discussions.

The International Nannoplankton Association is a semi-formal association of scientists worldwide who have an interest in living or fossil nannoplankton - including coccolithophores, nannoliths, and other nannofossils such as silicoflagellates and calcispheres.

 The Sociedad Espanola de Paleontologia (Spanish Society of Palaeontology) has some documents on-line. They publish an internal bulletin, Noticias Paleontologicas. You can access the Revista Espanola de Paleontologia abstracts in the same directory, and also you can obtain more information about the Sociedad Espanola de Paleontologia at their web page.

The Fossil Society (Cleveland, OH) now has a web site, describing its purpose and activities. Glen J. Kuban, president of the society, has put together a very useful site on the Paluxy Dinosaur/"man track" controversy. He also has K-Paleo web site, which features a large menu of paleontology and geology-related Internet resources arranged by category (including over 200 dinosaur links!).

Western Society of Malacologists established in 1968 as a society for the furtherance of research in Malacology. The membership consists of professionals, amateurs, and students. The WSM holds one annual meeting each year.

 The Southern California Paleontological Society  is a non-profit organization of about 200 members. It publishes a bi-monthly bulletin/journal; and holds monthly fieldtrips in the Southwest and monthly meetings at the Page Museum at La Brea.

 The Pander Society is an informal international association of several hundred palaeontologists and stratigraphers who share an interest in conodonts. The primary aim of The Society is to encourage exchange of information about conodont research, and to this end it maintains very useful lists of members addresses, their research interests and a bibliography of conodont related publications.

 The Paleobotany Section of the Botanical Society of Americai s open to anyone interested in fossil plants. Members receive the annual Bibliography of American Paleobotany, which is published by the Section. At the annual meeting of the Botanical Society of America, the Paleobotanical Section has an active program of contributed papers, and frequently symposia, workshops and field trips.

 The Micropalaeontological Society (TMS) exists exclusively for scientific and educational purposes, to advance the study of micropalaeontology and to disseminate knowledge in this field among professionals and to the public at large. Although established and still managed in Britain, TMS has a substantial international membership. The Society publishes The Journal of Micropalaeontology and a series of Special Publications. The Society comprises six specialist groups which study Foraminifera, Microvertebrates, Nannofossils, Ostracods, Palynology and Silicofossils.

The Cushman Foundation, a non-profit public foundation, was founded in 1950 for the purpose of publishing results of research on Foraminiferida and allied organisms.  The Cushman Foundation publishes the Journal of Foraminiferal Research.

 The Palaeontologische Gesellschaft  is the society for German speaking paleontologists. The Society currently has about one thousand members, mostly from Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. They publish the journal Palaeontologische Zeitschrift and the newsletter "Palaeontologie aktuell."

The Australian Palaeontology web site resources include access to the Directory of Australasian palaeontologists, an archive of images and an animation of Australian tectonic history, comprehensive links to paleo web sites, and links to the Riversleigh Society, a group supporting Australian palaeontological research.

The South African Society for Amateur Palaeontologists (SASAP) was founded to act as a forum for the many people who are interested in fossils and evolution.One of the main objectives of SASAP is to make palaeontology more accessible to the man in the street.

The Dry Dredgers is an association of amateur geologists in the Cincinnatti area dedicated to the knowledge and enjoyment of fossils. The association was founded in 1942 and continues to bring together those interested in the life of prehistoric times.

The National Center for Science Education, Inc., is a nonprofit membership organization (most of whom are scientists) working to keep evolution in the public K-12 schools.

The Kentucky Paleontological Society and the fossils section of the Kentucky Geological Survey page.  


Journals -including those published by the Paleontological Society

Journal of Paleontology
Paleobiology
Palaeontologica Electronica
Palaeontology
PALAIOS
Lethaia
Fossils and Strata
Journal of Foraminiferal Research
Journal of Micropaleontology
Palaeontologische Zeitschrift
Acta Palaeontologica Polonica
Palaeontologica Polonica
Geology
GSA Bulletin
REVUE DE PALEOBIOLOGIE
Paleontological Journal (Russia, published in English)
Carnets de Geologie/Notebooks on Geology


Databases

KU's ichnology website includes images and descriptions of trace fossils, videos of modern tracemaking animals, animations and anaglyphs, a bibliography, links to other pages, and much more! http://ichnology.ku.edu/

Paleobiology Database - The Paleobiology Database is an international scientific organization run by paleontological researchers from many institutions. It brings together taxonomic and distributional information about the entire fossil record of plants and animals. Its goal is to educate the public, summarize the literature for professionals, and foster statistical analyses of mass extinctions and other aspects of biodiversity.

The databases (including paleontological) of the Ocean Drilling Program.

A home page for the JOIDES DSDP/ODP Micropaleontological Reference Centers (MRCs) includes an overview of the purpose, collection holdings, and facilities of the MRCs, names, addresses, phone and fax numbers of the MRC curators and spreadsheet listings (including sample level, age and fossil zone) of the foraminifer and diatom samples stored at the MRCs.These listings can easily be downloaded directly into spreadsheet or database format.

The University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) UCMP data model combines and standardizes data from all of the museum's various collections, archives and research libraries into one system. This system allows collection managers to retain specialized information from each discipline, while standardizing basic information common to all divisions (basic locality data, taxonomic data structures, type specimens).

Extant Planktic Foraminifera and the Physical Environment in the Atlantic and Indian Oceans - An atlas based on CLIMAP and Levitus (1982) data.

The Gulf of St. Lawrence Microfossil Catalogue contains images of Late Quaternary foraminifers and ostracods from the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Links to 380 images are now available.

The 50 Large Marine Ecosystems are regions of ocean space encompassing coastal areas from river basins and estuaries to the seaward boundaries of continental shelves and coastal current systems .They are relatively large regions of distinct bathymetry, hydrography,productivity and trophically dependent populations. Available information includes: maps of the LMEs; descriptions of LMEs including initial information on productivity, fisheries, ecosystem health and pollution, socioeconomic issues, and governance;  GIS data (ARC Export format) and FGDC compliant metadata defining LME boundaries; current news on LME research; and contact information for LME experts.

 The Manual of Leaf Architecture, by the Leaf Architecture Working Group (Amanda Ash, Beth Ellis, Leo Hickey, Kirk Johnson, Peter Wilf, and Scott Wing) can be downloaded in pdf format.

Stratigraphy.Net which includes taxonomic and stratigraphic data

A nice resource for foraminiferal data and timescale converters can be found at Chronos.


Special Interests

If you are interested in cladistics (parsimony analysis) and cladistic related software go to the International Willi Hennig Society. Cladistic (parsimony) analysis software is also available at the University of Glasgow, and the University of California at Berkeley.  The Kansas University Natural History and Biodiversity Research Center has made the first edition of The Compleat Cladist available on the web.

The International Research Group on Ostracoda (IRGO) is an interdisciplinary, international organization of about 400 researh scientists studying living and fossil Ostracoda.

 A web site devoted to taphonomy summarizes research of an informal taphonomic group: Centro de Estudios de Almejas Muertas [C.E.A.M.] (Department of Geosciences, University of Arizona). C.E.A.M. research concentrates primarily on taphonomy and paleoecology of mollusks, brachiopods, and insects.

Zooarchaeology is the analysis of animal remains (e.g., bone, shell) from archaeological sites to reconstruct the cultural lifeways of people and the interrelationships between people, animals, and the environment.

A webpage dealing with ichnology and trace fossils. The page includes an introduction to the subject of ichnology (focusing specifically on paleoichnology), an extensive set of trace fossil images, and links to issues of the Ichnology Newsletter.
 


Personal Pages

   

Prem Subrahmanyam, an amateur fossil collector living in Tallahassee, FL, has an online gallery of fossils that he has collected.


Artwork

Ray Troll's FinArt Pages are a lot of fun!

By visiting Josef Moravec's paleoart gallery you will find his finely detailed illustrations of ancient life.

Berislav V. Krzic, fossil illustrator, has posted Beri's Dinosaur World.

Mike Everhart's Oceans of Kansas Paleontology website, which illustrates  life in the Late Cretaceous, Western Interior Seaway of North America,  is simply spectacular!


Other

The home page of the Morrison Research Initiative at Colorado State University. The overall goal of the Morrison Research Initiative is to reconstruct the evolution of environments, habitats, and climates of the extinct Morrison ecosystem in National Park Service units in the Rocky Mountain Region.

 Hadrosaurus foulkii web site takes viewers back in history and down into the 30-foot ravine where the world's first nearly-complete dinosaur skeleton was found in 1858 in New Jersey along the eastern coast of the United States.

This page is for anyone interested in East Asian earth sciences. It includes links to radiolarian pages.

The Lazarus et al. (1995) Revised Chronology of Neogene DSDP Holes from the World Ocean is available on the NGDC World Wide Web page.

 Boxgrove is a village in West Sussex in southern England on the outskirts of which is a quarry which over ten years ago started to reveal part of an ancient sea cliff. The newly launched Boxgrove World Wide web site is devoted to what has been learned from excavations by a team of palaeontologists and archaeologists at the site since 1985, as well as showing some of the finds there of fossilised remains from a wide range of animals. Since 1993 the remains of ancient humans and an abundance of stone tools they made and used has also been uncovered.

EARTHWORKS is an on-line database of career opportunities for paleontologists, geoscientists, geographers, remote sensing/GIS staff, environmental scientists, climate/atmospheric scientists, oceanographers, petroleum scientists/engineers, geotechnical engineers  and ydrologists/hydrogeologists in the academic, water, upstream oil and gas, civil and mining sectors with particular focus on North America, the UK, the Pacific Rim, Europe and Africa.

Efforts are now being made to have Pterotrigonia (Scabrotrigonia) thoracica,  a Cretaceous bivalve found in the Coon Creek Formation of West Tennessee designated as the Tennessee state fossil.  To read more about this effort, see the Tennessee State Fossil web site.

A page with annotated links to internet resources, especially for palaeobotanists (with an Upper Triassic bias).

Numerous dinosaur attractions can be found in the Grand Junction, Colorado area.