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Vertebrate Paleontology

Fossil Species of Florida

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Over 1,000 different species of vertebrate animals are known to have lived in Florida over the past 35 million years. Florida has the richest fossil record of vertebrate animals of the eastern United States. The Fossil Species of Florida is a set of web pages designed to provide basic information about each of these species, images of fossils in the Florida Museum of Natural History collection, and citations to the primary scientific literature to provide a guide to those seeking further information. The species accounts will be inter-linked with another set of web pages, the Vertebrate Fossil Sites of Florida, which provide information on the localities which have produced these fossils. 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 species accounts. Many more will be added over the next two years.

Search for species accounts alphabetically (by scientific name of the species).

Search for species accounts by their taxonomy: sharks and rays; bony fish; amphibians; reptiles; birds; and mammals.

Search for species accounts by their geologic age.

Sponsorship and Funding Opportunities

Funds are needed to hire advanced UF undergraduate and graduate students to write these accounts, take the images, and put them in proper format to post on-line. Individuals, families, and organizations who want to sponsor one or more species accounts should contact Richard Hulbert. For a donation of $150 or more, you can help sponsor the web page of a particular fossil species, and your support will be acknowledged on that species? web site. For a donation of $500 or more, you can be the exclusive sponsor of a species? web site. Donations are tax deductible.

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.as part of an initiative funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (CSBR 1203222).

Text and Images Copyright Florida Museum of Natural History 2013