Paper No. 3
Presentation Time: 9:00 AM-6:30 PM
THE DIGITAL ATLAS OF NEOGENE LIFE
The Digital Atlas of Neogene Life is a new web resource that illustrates Neogene (recognized here as Miocene through Pleistocene) fossil species with high-quality digital images and also provides distributional range maps for each species across multiple time intervals. All mapped occurrence data are based on georeferenced locality information derived from curated museum specimens. The purpose of the Digital Atlas of Neogene Life, which is a subcomponent of the broader Digital Atlas of Ancient Life project, is to provide professional and avocational paleontologists with a free tool to assist with the identification of fossil species and to also demonstrate their geographic distributions over time.
The current focus of the Digital Atlas of Neogene Life is the rich marine fossil record of the southeastern United States, including the Gulf Coast and Atlantic coastal plains. Thus far, over 130 (of 500 planned) species-level webpages have been generated for eight families of gastropods, three families of bivalves, and five genera of echinoids. These webpages may be accessed online at: http://www.geosun.sjsu.edu/~jhendricks/AtlasTemp/neogene.html.