Links to Other Paleobotanical Collections and Databases
(This is not an exhaustive list of all paleobotanical collections
and/or databases. If you would like your site to be listed, please
send your web address to Hongshan
- The Cuticle Database is
an image collection of plant cuticles prepared from vouchered herbarium
specimens. The site was developed as a reference tool to promote study
of plant cuticle characters. Its intention is to facilitate systematic
studies of living and fossil plants and to allow recognition of ecological
- The Maryland
Archaeological Conservation Laboratory, located at Jefferson Patterson
Park and Museum, Maryland's State Museum of Archaeology, has a webpage
and database devoted to the climate-induced environmental changes
that have occurred in the Chesapeake Bay region over the last 20,000
years. This project uses botanical data available from Maryland archaeological
evidence to track how plant communities have evolved and changed over
this time period. Working with lab staff, archaeobotanist Justine
McKnight and Dr. Martin Gallivan, archaeologist and professor of Anthropology
at the College of William and Mary, created a database of microscopic
pollen, phytoliths, seeds, nuts, and other charred plant remains from
90 archaeological sites spanning 12,000 years of Maryland history.
The new webpage has a searchable online database of paleobotanical
data from Maryland archaeological sites, descriptions of the 90 sites
and a summary of environmental change in a narrative form on the JPPM
webpage. This research tool will be of great use to scholars trying
to develop a context for interpreting the plant remains found on newly-excavated
archaeological sites, and will also be invaluable to researchers interested
in environmental changes.
Division of Paleobotany, Natural History Museum and Biodiversity
Research Center, University of Kansas. The Collection Database has
over 96,000 entries and encompasses all aspects of the paleobotanical
collections including permineralized specimens, compression/impression
specimens, prepared slides, teaching slides, drawings of specimens,
research peels and master peels.
Paleobotany Collection at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History
includes excellent plant fossils from the Late Devonian Cleveland
Shale (360 million years ago) not known anywhere else in the world
and the Zimmerman Collection of 1,000 specimens of petrified wood,
mostly from the western United States. The largest holding in the
collection is the Hoskins Collection of 30,000 fossil plant specimens
from North America and around the world.
Paleobotanical Collection of the Department of Biological Science,
the University of Alberta is the best in Canada and one of the best
in the world. Along with the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, the
Collection is the official repository for fossil plants in Alberta.
at Field Museum rank fourth or fifth
in size nationally with about 88,000 curated specimens that range
in geologic age from Precambrian to Pleistocene. The paleobotanical
collections at the Field Museum are an important national and
international resource for systematic and evolutionary plant biology.
UCMP paleobotanical collection
contains type specimens (ca.
12,000) and non-type specimens (ca. 350,000) of plants, algae, and
fungi from localities worldwide. A searchable on-line catalog is
available. Although the collections range in age from Precambrian
to Recent, UCMP's strength lies in its unique collection of western
North American Tertiary paleofloras.
collections of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument
(multi-institution catalog) include about 1700 species of plants
and insects that have been referenced in more than 380 scientific
publications over a period of 130 years. The research database allows
users to search the museum collections, the taxonomic placement
of the fossils, and the bibliography of references.
Green River Paleobotany Project (GRPP)
is a web-based effort
to promote the identification of fossil plants and insects from
the Eocene Green River Formation of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming,
and to encourage collaboration between fossil collectors and enthusiasts
of all kinds.
McAbee Paleobotany Project
is a web-based collaboration on the
fossil plants of the Middle Eocene McAbee flora located near Cache
Creek, British Columbia.
Paleobotany database of the Swedish Museum of Natural History
includes the Rhaetian and Jurassic plant fossils from Scania, southern
Sweden, housed in the Stockholm collections. The major part are
from the Rhaetian and Liassic. The collections include a total of
28 105 specimens of both macrofossils and related preparations.
- The Yale Peabody
Museum’s paleobotany collection numbers over 150,000 specimens,
with 4,200 of these type and illustrated specimens. The collection
is worldwide in scope, with approximately 75% of the collection from
North America and the other 25% from the Arctic, Australia, Central
American, Europe, Israel, Pakistan, Lebanon, South America and the
- The Ginkgo Pages,
a wonderful page about the tree Ginkgo biloba and all its
aspects, and its fossil relatives.