Macrofossils Part 3.0

Edited by Norman MacLeod

PalaeoBase gives educators, students and researchers access to a virtual collection of 1,500 fossil genera from the Natural History Museum's collections. Part three includes Cnidaria, Echinoderms, Sponges, 'other'.

978 0 632 05892 1
January 2010
Blackwell Science in association with the Natural History Museum


PaleoBase represents the marriage of up-to-date systematic information on a collection of over 1,500 fossil genera, state-of-the-art colour digital photographs of representative specimens from the Natural History Museum's unrivalled paleontological collections, and modern relational database technology. 

The premier PaleoBase product is a macrofossils database. This consists of approximately 1,000 generic records drawn from the major invertebrate groups. 

The macrofossils database is released in three parts: 

  • Part 1: Arthropods (non-Trilobite), Brachiopods, Bryozoans, Graptolites, Trace Fossils, Trilobites
  • Part 2: Gastropods, Bivalves, Ammonites, Nautiloids, Belemnites
  • Part 3: Cnidaria, Echinoderms, Sponges, 'other'

The genera comprising these databases have been carefully selected to include taxa used in the teaching of palaeontology and historical geology worldwide. Together they represent the ideal fossil collection, one that in practice only the largest natural history museums could hope to assemble. 

PaleoBase: Macrofossils gives educators, students and researchers access to a virtual collection of these fossils, many of which are actual figured specimens from the nineteenth and twentieth century technical publications that served to originally establish the concepts of these genera.

Palaeontology, historical geology, stratigraphy, palaeoceanography, palaeobiogeography become available to students and educators alike.

PaleoBase is available to order from our co-publisher Blackwell Science. For details of how to contact them, please visit Publishing partners.

About the editor

Norman Macleaod is the Keeper of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum.


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