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Fossils and Databases

This section presents important contributions summarizing and presenting data on large groups of fossils and / or significant paleontological collections.

PaleoReefs Database (PARED)
Scleractinia Treatise (Part F)
Revised Treatise E4
Archaeocyatha - A knowledge base
Websites with living and fossil Cnidaria and Porifera

PaleoReefs Database (PARED)

The PaleoReefs Database (PARED) is a major resource on fossil reef systems. PARED has been developed by Prof. Wolfgang Kiessling since 1995 with the aim to collect data on Phanerozoic reefs in a standardized format and to use those data for tracing patterns and processes in reef development. PARED currently holds data on more than 4000 Phanerozoic reef sites with geological, geographical, and paleontological information on every reef. Whilemostly developed for research, the database is useful for tracing reefal oil reservoirs through time and space.

Scleractinia Treatise (Part F) - recent update of April 24th 2018

The first chapter is online at Treatise Online:
* view available chapters
** Part F (Revised), vol. 2, Cnidaria (Scleractinia), and finally you will find
*** Part F Chapter 10, 10 pp; $7.95; Systematic Descriptions of the Scleractinia Family Rhizangiidae by Baron-Szabo & Cairns; 2016
2017 August 28th
Baron-Szabo, R. C. & Cairns, S. D. (2017) Part F, Revised, Volume 2, Chapter 11: Systematic descriptions of the Scleractinia Family MICRABACIIDAE. Treatise Online 98: 1-8, 5 figs., 1 tab.
Baron-Szabo, R. C. (2017) Part F, Revised, Volume 2, Chapter 12: Systematic descriptions of the Scleractinia Family RHIPIDASTRAEIDAE. Treatise Online 99: 1-3, fig. 1.
Baron-Szabo, R. C. (2018) Part F, Revised, Volume 2, Chapter 13: Systematic descriptions of the Scleractinia family PACHYPHYLLIIDAE. Treatise Online 105: pp 1-8, 4 figs, 2 tables. DOI: https://doi.org/10.17161/to.v0i0.7551

The other chapters to be published in the series are:
Baron-Szabo & Cairns, Family Dendrophylliidae, in press
Baron-Szabo & Cairns, Family Oculinidae, in correction phase
Baron-Szabo & Cairns, Family Turbinoliidae, in preparation
[Rosemarie Baron-Szabo, Smithsonian Institution]

Revised Treatise E4 - online version complete

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SELDEN P.A. ed. 2010-2013. Treatise Online, Part E (Revised), Porifera, vol. 4, Hypercalcified Porifera; Authors: Barry D. WEBBY (coordinating author), Françoise DEBRENNE, Willard D. HARTMAN, S. KERSHAW, Pierre D. KRUSE, Heldur NESTOR, J. Keith RIGBY, Baba SENOWBARI-DARYAN, Colin W. STEARN, Carl W. STOCK, J. VACELET, Barry D. WEBBY, Ronald R. WEST, Philippe WILLENZ, Rachel A. WOOD, A.Yu. ZHURAVLEV; ISSN 2153-4012; published 2010-2013.

The volume contains the following chapters (in order of numbering), available for purchase at paleo.ku.edu/treatiseonline
VACELET J., WILLENZ P., HARTMAN W.D. 2010. Introduction to the Extant Hypercalcified Porifera. Chapter 1
WEST R.R. 2011. Introduction to the Fossil Hypercalcified Chaetetid-Type Porifera (Demospongiae); General Features. Chapter 2A
WEST R.R. 2011. Functional Morphology of the Chaetetid-Type Porifera. Chapter 2B
WEST R.R. 2011. Classification of the Chaetetid-Type Porifera (Past and Present). Chapter 2C
WEST R.R. 2012. Evolution of the hypercalcified chaetetid-type Porifera (Demospongiae). Chapter 2D
WEST R.R. 2012. Paleoecology of the hypercalcified chaetetid-type Porifera (Demospongiae). Chapter 2E
WEST R.R. 2012. Paleogeography and Biostratigraphy of the hypercalcified chaetetid-type Porifera (Demospongiae). Chapter 2F
WOOD R.A. 2011. Introduction to the Post-Devonian Hypercalcified Sponges (Stromatoporoid Type). Chapter 3
WEST R.R., VACELET J., WOOD R.A., WILLENZ P., HARTMAN W.D. 2013. Hypercalcified Extant and Fossil Chaetetid-Type and Post-Devonian Stromatoporoid-Type Demospongiae: Systematic Descriptions. Chapters 4A-B
VACELET J. 2012. Hypercalcified Extant Calcarea. Chapter 4C
STEARN C.W. & STOCK C.W. 2010. A List Of Upper Paleozoic-Mesozoic Stromatoporoid-Like Genera; and Excluded Taxa. Chapter 5
STEARN C.W. 2010. Systematic Decriptions of the Class and Order Uncertain: Family Disjectoporidae. Chapter 6
SENOWBARI-DARYAN B. & RIGBY J.K. 2011. Sphinctozoan and Inozoan Hypercalcified Sponges: An Overview. Chapter 7
WEBBY B.D. 2010. Glossary of Terms Applied to the Hypercalcified Porifera. Chapter 8
STEARN C.W. 2010. Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea: Introduction. Chapter 9A
WEBBY B.D. & KERSHAW S. 2011. External Morphology of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea: Shapes and Growth Habits. Chapter 9B
STEARN C.W. 2011. Internal Morphology of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 9C
STEARN C.W. 2010. Microstructure and Mineralogy of Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 9D
STEARN C.W. 2010. Morphologic Affinities of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea to Other Fossil and Recent Groups. Chapter 9E
STEARN C.W. 2010. Functional Morphology of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoid Skeleton. Chapter 9F
WEBBY B.D. 2012. Origins And Evolution of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 10
STEARN C.W. 2010. Diversity Trends of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 11A
STEARN C.W. 2010. Extinction Patterns of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 11B
WEBBY B.D., STEARN C.W., NESTOR H. 2012. Biostratigraphy of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 12
KERSHAW S. 2012. Paleoecology of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 13
STOCK C.W., WEBBY B.D., NESTOR H. 2012. Paleobiogeography of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 14
STEARN C.W. 2010. Techniques of Study: Collection, Preparation, and Analysis of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 15A
STEARN C.W. 2010. Classification of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 15B
STEARN C.W., WEBBY B.D., NESTOR H., STOCK C.W. 2012. Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 16A
WEBBY B.D. 2012. Labechiida. Chapter 16B
NESTOR H. 2011. Clathrodictyida. Chapter 16C
STOCK C.W. 2012. Actinostromatida. Chapter 16D
STEARN C.W. 2011. Systematic Descriptions of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea: Orders Stromatoporellida, Stromatoporida, Syringostromatida, Amphiporida; and Genera of Uncertain Ordinal and Familial Affinities. Chapter 16E
WEBBY B.D. 2012. Class Uncertain, Order Pulchrilaminida, New Order. Chapter 17
DEBRENNE F., ZHURAVLEV A.Yu., KRUSE P.D. 2012. General Features of the Archaeocyatha. Chapter 18
DEBRENNE F., ZHURAVLEV A.Yu., KRUSE P.D. 2012. Systematic Descriptions: Archaeocyatha. Chapter 19
KRUSE P.D., ZHURAVLEV A.Yu., DEBRENNE F. 2012. Radiocyaths and potentially allied taxa. Chapter 20A
ZHURAVLEV A.Yu., KRUSE P.D. 2012. Cribricyaths and microfossils of uncertain affinity resembling cribricyaths. Chapter 20B
DEBRENNE F., ZHURAVLEV A.Yu., KRUSE P.D. 2012. Archaeocyatha and Cribricyatha nomina nuda; Taxa not Archaeocyatha, Radiocyatha, or Cribricyatha. Chapter 20C

Database for archaeocyathan genera: Adeline Kerner

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The database contains data on 307 genera with systematics information and types pictures. The taxa are described by 122 descriptors of which 87 are morphological, 8 pertain to stratigraphy and geography and the remaining 27 are taken from traditional classification. Descriptors and states are defined and illustrated. They are included inside a website in three parts with different types of information. * The first is with general information about Archaeocyatha with an introduction; their role in Cambrian system, their morphology and a bibliography. ** The second part is about the database. It contains general remarks on its structure and some exports: list of genera and their detailed sheets, list of descriptors, list of groups of descriptors and the base properties. *** The third and last part concerns the interactive key and its tools: user guide, matching terminologies and glossary.

Websites with living and fossil Cnidaria and Porifera

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1) Corallosphere www.corallosphere.org.
2) Database and interactive identification key for archaeocyathan genera at Archaeocyatha - A knowledge base
3) News on research on Fossil Cnidaria & Porifera are provided at IASFCP Homepage
4) Oxford University Museum - so far mostly extant Lepidoptera are to be found, but only few fossil corals.
5)Virtual paleontological museum, Sosnowiec, Poland: – last updated in October 2010.
6) Estonian national geocollections database. As of today the site seems to be simply excellent; I hope that somebody of its visitors will make a presentation at our page; after a short visit I must say: impressive! no: IMPRESSIVE! I would recommend a map of site to be included, to faciliate search / browsing in this fascinating museum...
7) Paleobiology Database - public resource for paleontological data.
8) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) provides an online register of scientific names of all marine organisms. In this continuously updated list, users can find the taxonomic classification of scleractinians, with valid and invalid names of families, genera and species.
Can you recommend / review any other site?

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