VERTEBRATE FOSSIL SITES OF FLORIDA
Over 750 different locations in Florida have produced fossils of vertebrate animals. Florida has the richest fossil record of vertebrate animals of the eastern United States. The Vertebrate Fossil Sites of Florida is a set of web pages designed to provide basic information about scientifically significant fossil-producing locations, a list of all known species present at each site, citations to the primary scientific literature to provide a guide to those seeking further information, and, when available, images of the locations. The locality accounts will be inter-linked with another set of web pages, the Fossil Species of Florida, which provide information on the species which have found at these localities. The intended audience for this web site are students and educators, amateur and professional paleontologists, and any others interested in paleontology.
When possible, the references will include links to on-line versions of the papers, although not all of them will have free open-access. An on-line glossary will provide definitions for technical terms. The book, the Fossil Vertebrates of Florida, will also be a good reference to those with little or no training in paleontology.
As of March 2013, we are just beginning to post fossil site accounts. Many more will be added over the next two years. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number CSBR 1203222, Jonathan Bloch, Principal Investigator. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Sponsorship and Funding Opportunities
Funds are needed to hire advanced UF undergraduate and graduate students to write these accounts, take and process the images, and put them in proper format to post on-line. Individuals, families, and organizations who want to sponsor one or more fossil site accounts should contact Richard Hulbert. For a donation of $150 or more, you can help sponsor the web page of a particular fossil location, and your support will be acknowledged on that locality’s web site. For a donation of $500 or more, you can be the exclusive sponsor of a locality’s web site. Donations are tax deductible.