Paleontological Links


Paleontological links
To assist the reader with obtaining additional paleontological information, we have provided links to websites that range from general summary descriptions and images to integrated microfossil identification to organizations that are active in the fields of paleontology/micropaleontology. 
Organized Image Collections
California Academy of Science Collections of Institute of Biodiversity
This Invertebrate Zoology collection is focused on the eastern Pacific region from Alaska to the Galapagos but includes the western Pacific (especially New Guinea and the Philippines), the central Pacific islands, and Antarctica. In addition, some taxa (e.g. Opisthobranchia, Octocorallia, Cirripedia, and Echinoidea) have world-wide geographic representation. Geological collections of fossils are Pacific sin ');">basin invertebrates of Mesozoic and Cenozoic age, fossil fish, and foraminifera from California and the western U.S.
This site maintained by Joerg Bollmann, and Ulrich Wortmann to simplify microfossil identification and serve the international micropaleontology community with an interactive archive. Provides informationon individual species and is an online reference collection for the EC-MAST-III project CANIGO (coccolithophores and planktic foraminifera), the EC-TMR network CODENET (coccolithophores), and studies done at the Geological Institute, ETH Zurich. 
This site which provides images of foraminifera and other organisms was built by Heidi L. Crevison and Pamela Hallock of the Reef Indicators Research Lab at the University of South Florida. It considers foraminifera as bioindicators in coral reef assessment and monitoring, providing methods and references on taxonomy and ecology and polluted and other stressed environments.
Foraminifera Gallery - Illustrated Catalog
Dr. C. Giles Miller the Curator Micropalaeontology Department of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum London has provided an illustrated catalog of the Foraminifera. The intent is to build a link between science and community. The site invites submission of rock and sediment samples for analyis in which you contribute as a scientist and or study foraminifera as a non-scientist. The site explains that this is a non-commercial project fostering interest in these precious and basal forms of life.
University College of London - MIRACLE
Miracle is the acronym for Microfossil Image Recovery And Circulation for Learning and Education. This site provides an introduction to the subject of micropalaeontology based on microfossil images. It draws on over fifty years of experience teaching and researching into all aspects of micropalaeontology and has divided these into seven groups. The World Modern Foraminifera Database
This database of all Recent species of Foraminifera ever described, is part of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), a global initiative to provide a register of all marine organisms. They record that the current number of valid modern species recorded is 8,052. The data base is maintained by the Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee, Ostende in Belgium.
The Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology
The Treatise on Invertebrate Paleontology, founded by Raymond C. Moore, is published by the Geological Society of America and the University of Kansas Press. The Treatise consists of approximately 50 volumes covering phylum, class, order, family and genus of fossil and extant invertebrate animals authored by more than 300 experts in the field of paleontology.  Volumes have been published since 1953 and publications continue through current day.  The Treatise page includes a link to The Kansas University Paleontological Institute where one may access PaleoLink, which is a dynamic database consisting of links to paleo-related websites. There is also a Fossil Identification link Fossil Identification link, which is host to several websites that provide images of fossils to aid in identification.  These websites include PaleoPortal PaleoPortal , which is a comprehensive photo gallery and includes information on careers, K-12 education and other resources, as well as sites that are specific to Kansas fossils.  
General Micropaleontology Links
Glossary of Terms used in Foraminiferal Research
This is a comprehensive glossary compiled by Hottinger and Scheuring (1997) and lists commonly used terminology (and alternative definitions) to describe morphological features of foraminiferal tests. 
Harvard Invertebrate Paleontology Department
This website provides a comprehensive list of International Paleontological Societies and links to each of these.  Additionally, a list of Natural History Museums located in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom is provided with links.  The Harvard Invertebrate Paleontology homepage also describes current research collections and  projects. 
Provides an introduction to golden-brown, single-celled algae that live only in the oceans explaining that they are plants that need sunlight, so they float near the surface of the water and that there are billions and billions of them living in the oceans today, and they are eaten by anything that is bigger than they are. They are one of the primary organisms at the base of the food chain.
Link to biostratigraphic information related to Geologic time as the intellectual theme that connects a wide variety of research endeavors in geoscience and the corresponding cyberinfrastructure that allows the resources of all these endeavors to be pooled. CHRONOS's (Greek: time) purpose is to transform Earth history research by seamlessly integrating geoscience databases and tools. CHRONOS is the work of a team of geoscientists and information technology specialists who have created a cyberinfrastructure that delivers open access to a global federation of Earth history databases, tools, and services. 

The Challenger Expedition
This site is focused on the voyage of HMS Challenger, from 1872 to 1876, and the deep sea. The site is concerned with the Museum’s collections, HMS Beagle,and Charles Darwin, the history of ocean exploration. Provides illustrations from the HMS Challenger Report, showing specimens collected on the voyage. 

An introduction to micropalaeontology based on microfossil images (UCL MIRACLE), SE Asia Research, Power Point Lectures and Talks on Micropalaeontology, and the start of an image gallery of Larger Benthic Foraminifera, all assembled by Dr. Marcelle K. BouDagher-Fadel, Principal Research Fellow of University College of London. She also provides links to Free Downloads of “The Biostratigraphic and Geological Significance of Planktonic Foraminifera”, and the Range Charts copied from this text. 
Constructed by E.F. Stoermer of the Center for Great Lakes and Aquatic Sciences as a hierarchy linking the genera list to species lists for each genus, and linking species lists to individual species "cards." Each species has its own "card" with a micrograph and includes information on morphological measurements, where the specimen was found, ecology of the species, and additional information.
Very professional site assembled by Lukas Hottinger of the Museum of Natural History at Basel in Switzerland providing diagnoses and descriptive texts of taxa while explaining how use of the specialized terminology for the complex morphology of any taxon. Has pictures to supplement the description and advises providing locality information too. 
This site has been generated by Dr. Stephen T. Hasiotis and his students at the University of Kansas, Department of Geology, Lawrence, Kansas. The site focuses on the study of trace fossils, the record of microbe, plant, and animal behavior preserved in rocks offering insights as to the relationship between organisms, their structures, and their relationship to that specific environment. The website is under development but is already populated by images and movies adding value and diversity to the geology studied by those who use the SEPM site.
Links to images and information on fossil protists and prokaryotes, geologic ages, and geographic regions are represented in the UCMP collections. The holdings include over 10,000 type specimens, tens of thousands of prepared specimens, innumerable processed and bulk samples, and extensive reference materials. Access to microfossil collections data in two ways: via a small catalog that contains images of type specimens, or through an on-line database search of the catalog.

Access to results of the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) of the U.S. National Science Foundation and its 22 international partners (JOIDES) related to basic research into the history of the ocean basins and the overall nature of the crust beneath the ocean floor using the scientific drill ship JOIDES Resolution. Joint Oceanographic Institutions, Inc.
This is an online database containing information about radiolarians, both fossil and recent, with images, descriptions, references, synonyms and links to other online resources. This site also provides a comprehensive species list with individual images.
Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology - Deep-Sea Benthic Foraminifera
Generated by Ellen Thomas this site deals with classification of foraminifera, their morphology, phylogeny and their use as environmental indicators. Provides useful lists of web resources on Foraminifera, as well as references and methods for looking at these organisms.
This link is to fossils on the basis of size, habitat type, or phylogenetic groups. Includes large fossils like dinosaurs, corals, echinoderms, and macro-mollusks (macrofossils) and the microfossils used to solve a variety of geologic problems.  
An introduction to algae providing a virtual slide show for beginners.  This serves as an introduction to algae at the University of British Columbia, Canada. Provides very basic information on Algae and seaweed and lots of good information on algae at this site.
Paleontological Organizations
This site relates to geologists who study of pollen, spores, dinoflagellates, and other microscopic "palynomorphs" and their relevance to petroleum exploration. This site includes Biographies of over 100 palynologists who were prominent nationally and internationally in the development of palynology.

Canadian Association of Palynologists 
This Association is run by a small executive. CAP members include palynologists from Universities, Industry and Government Agencies. CAP membership is drawn from the worldwide palynological community. The Association focusses on palynology from all geologic eras, spanning the Palaeozoic to the Quaternary. Palynologists from all branches of the discipline, from stratigraphic palynology, to palaeoecology, to melissopalynology, participate in the Association.
International Federation of Palynological Societies
The International Federation of Palynological Societies (IFPS) is a federation of regional, national, linguistic, and specialist palynological organizations of the world. Its goals are to advance knowledge in palynology and related subjects by promotion of international cooperationand sponsorship of regular meetings between palynologists of all countries and regions. IFPS publishes the WORLD DIRECTORY OF PALYNOLOGISTS irregularly, and PALYNOS Newsletters semiannually.

The International Nannoplankton Association 
This is an association of scientists worldwide who have an interest in living or fossil nannoplankton - including coccolithophores, nannoliths, and other mineralising nannoplankton such as silicoflagellates and calcispheres. The Association exists to facilitate pure and applied study of nannoplankton and this site is intended to assist in doing so. 
International Society for Diatom Research. Here you will find in 
formation about the Society, its ideals,events, history and membership. You will also find links to other diatom resources.
One of the world's leading learned societies in this field. The Association is a registered charity that promotes the study of palaeontology and its allied sciences through publication of original research and field guides, sponsorship of meetings and field excursions, provision of web resources and in
formation and a program of annual awards.
The Paleontological Society is an international nonprofit organization devoted exclusively to the advancement of the science of paleontology through the dissemination of research by publication and meetings.
NAMS is the North American Micropaleontology Section of the Society for Sedimentary Geology (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.
Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
This institute deals with the biological and environmental history of Earth through the study of fossil animals, plants, and protists. In addition to performing scientific research, they assemble and curate fossil collections that are studied by scientists from around the country and the world, they exhibit extraordinary fossils in the public spaces of the Museum and they help train future generations of paleontologists. 
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