Fossilpedia™ : Geospatial Data Curation and Mapping of Fossils from the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota
Herbert, Thomas J.
Ihinger, Phillip D.
Rozario, Papia F.
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The lack of accurate, consistent, and precise data collection of exhumed fossils has been a major obstacle to developing consistent inferences and conclusions based on paleontological work. We have developed and designed an innovative and cutting-edge map and sortable database that integrates GIS technology and sub-centimeter GPS equipment. The database of late Cretaceous fauna and lithology discovered in the Hell Creek Formation of South Dakota categorizes, sorts and maps data by species, anatomical designation, spatial coordinates, source lithology, horizon, and date of discovery, among others. Specimens are also photographed, and this is included in the database. Upon completion this database and map will be available to scholars and the public at large. With accurate and consistent measurements of location and with a comprehensive list of fields to sort by, this database allows for better conclusions on areas of taxonomy, ontogeny, species proliferation and more.
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Hell Creek Formation (South Dakota)
Department of Geography and Anthropology
Department of Geology
Color poster with text, images, charts, photographs, maps, and graphs.