Paleontology Research Guide

 

This research guide collects resources concerned with paleontology. Following links to paleontological organizations, you will find introductory information on the science of paleontology, field practices, and fossil collections. Also search through specimen collections databases, find journals and publications, and explore interactive tools and software designed to support paleontological research.

 

Get started with some of the most prominent paleontological organizations. Learn more about the science of paleontology, see current projects and publications, and explore specimen collections databases.

The Paleontological Society

An international organization devoted to the advancement of the science of paleontology. Learn about upcoming events, current research and publications, as well as research funding and grants. Also check out the links page for an excellent list of other paleontology resources.

UCMP: University of California Museum of Paleontology

Provides an introduction and frequently asked questions about the science of paleontology. For more in-depth information, see research, collections, field notes, and publications (including PaleoBios, a peer-reviewed journal) from UCMP staff. Explore the specimen database and see online exhibits about the history of life on Earth, research, and fossils.

The Paleontology Portal

Produced by the UCMP, Paleontological Society, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, and USGS; this site gathers many different resources into a single “portal” to paleontological information. Find resources concerned with collections management, databases, image collections, maps, online journals/publications, field guides, and reference materials.

American Museum of Natural History: Paleontology

The paleontology division seeks to describe the diversity of extinct invertebrates and vertebrates through collection and research of fossils and their associated data. Search the collections database for catalog data and images on AMNH’s estimated 4.75 million specimens. See current research and explore educational programs, events, and news.

 

More societies & organizations.

International Organisation of Palaeobotany

International Society of Vertebrate Morphology

The Palaeontological Association

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

USGS Paleontology Home Page

 

More publications & literature.

Biodiversity Heritage Library: Bulletins of American Paleontology (1895—2007)

Full-text literature for all volumes of the Bulletins of American Paleontology.

Palaeontologia Electronica (1998—present)

Full-text, electronic journal. Browse articles by subject, author, and key words.

Polygot Paleontologist

English translations of non-English paleontological literature.

 

More collections databases.

Alaska Paleontological Database

Florida Museum of Natural History

Indiana University Paleontology Collection

Museum of the Rockies Paleo Database

New Zealand National Paleontological Collection and Database

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History

University of Iowa Paleontology Repository

University of Montana Paleontology Center

 

Explore these databases and interactive tools that support paleontological research.

DigiMorph

Contains high-resolution 2D and 3D visualizations of specimens to support research and education for natural history and paleontology. 

CollectiveAccess

Web-based software to catalogue, manage, and publish museum and archival collections.

MIOMAP & FAUNMAP

From UCMP—These two databases produced interactive maps of geographic occurrences of mammal taxa and fossil data.

MorphoBank

An online database and workspace for evolutionary research, specifically determining the evolutionary relationships among species. Upload images and affiliate data with them (labels, species name, etc.) as well as morphological data.

Neotoma Paleoecology Database

An online hub for data, research, and discussion about paleoenvironments. Explore the site’s database tools and applications for easy access to data and visualizations using spatial, temporal, and metadata criteria.

Paleobiology Database

The purpose of this database is to “provide global, collection-based occurrence and taxonomic data for marine and terrestrial animals and plants of any geological age, as well as web-based software for statistical analysis of the data.”