A map to explore the fossils sorted by chronology and place of discovery

You want to know where are located each fossil found on the earth, exploring this map of the world and go up the tree of life for species? It’s now possible with paleobiodb.org! (1).

1. Map of this website

1.Paleiobiodb: What does it mean? 

Paleiobiodb is formed with the terms Paleobiology and Database (2).  Paleobiology is a science that draws dominantly from geology (rocks), paleontology (fossils), and biology (organisms). Database is an assortment of data that is organized and listed in a base.  alors.

2. Logo of Paleiobidb.org

2. Who is behind this map?  

This map was realized by a group of scientists and computer engineer from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They have mapped all the scientific discoveries in an interactive map. By the way, this project is financed by a grant from the National Science Foundation. alors.

3. What are resources for Paleiobiobd.org?  alors.

Paleiobiodb uses the international database of paleobiology, so they have managed to draw up a global panorama of palaeontological excavations known to date. Thus, the database created by the meticulous study of 61,696 references in the scientific literature, brings together more than 184,000 collections for a total of more than 1.3 million fossils. Concerning the map, Paleiobiodb is build as a free system, based on an open source software. alors.

3. Logo of open street map (the open source software)

4. So, who has contributed to Paleiobiodb?

First, the colossal amount of data has been compiled through the collaborative work of more than 400 researchers, more than 130 institutions and 24 different countries. paleobiodb .

5.  Why this map? paleobiodb.

The objective of this project is to share with everyone in the world the localization where fossils are found on the planet. Accordingly, it’s a tool for scientist to advance the understanding of Taxonomy and the distribution of Living Being on the ground. At this time, for instance the initiative already claims to be cited as a source by 278 scientific publications.

6. How use the map of Paleiobiodb?

To begin, each dot has colors, which correspond of geologic periods and for that you can screen the result (4). Moreover, the user may choose to display only the dot which correspond to some branches of the phylogenetic tree (5). Furthermore, all the data can be exported (6). paleobiodb . alors.

4.For exemple, by selecting only the Cenozoic era (in yellow, at the bottom right).

5. Main at right for select species

6. Main at left for download data, zoom, follow the contribution

 7. Finally, what does this map tell us?

To sum up, Paleiobiodb is a remarkable interactive map of fossils discovered all around the world. In fact with Paleiobiodb we can see the power of the map and in particularly his utility to improve the research and science knowledge. As well as the role of digital for cartography a large amount of data. On the whole, this map gives us a better understanding of our history.

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