Welcome to Fossilworks
Fossilworks provides query, download, and analysis tools that utilize the Paleobiology Database's large relational database assembled by hundreds of paleontologists from around the world. The two websites and their predecessors have been used by professional researchers, students, and the public since 1998. The Fossilworks copy is refreshed daily. The data are owned by the contributors and the website and software were created by John Alroy. The site is housed at Macquarie University.
All of the public data can be downloaded here, including collection, occurrence, or specimen records, taxonomic names and opinions, measurements of specimens, and Neptune occurrences.
Tools on the site also let you generate paleomaps, data summary tables, lists of common taxa, first appearances, diversity curves, ecological statistics, time scale confidence intervals, stratigraphic confidence intervals, and (just for fun) paper title stats.
More about the site
Fossilworks previously sponsored an analytical methods workshop.
The PaleoDB maintains a list of official publications. Researchers ask to add entries to the list when they have used the site to download data or conduct analyses. Large projects that involve documenting the taxonomic classification of an entire group are called Online Systematics Archives.
• Type specimen CCHH 1754-1
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