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Palaeontological collection


Our palaeontological collection has a strong regional focus and comprises ca. 90,000 objects. Besides Jurassic invertebrates (mostly ammonites) we host a large collection of Pleistocene vertebrates from Franconian caves. The largest part of our collection stems from the excavation project 'Hunas'[WK2] . The vertebrate collection is presently being compiled in electronic form. The electronic collection data is partially   Opens external link in new windowavailable online. We are partner of Opens external link in new windowGeoCASe and Opens external link in new windowGBIF.

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PaleoReefs database

The PaleoReefs database has been developed to better understand the evolution of biogenic reefs. The database currently comprises biological, petrographical and palaeogeographical data on 4040 Phanerozoic reef systems. The distribution of fossil reefs is mapped onto 32 paleogeographical reconstructions from the Early Cambrian to the Pliocene. Since 2014, the read-only data can also be queried online. Registered data providers can enter data here.

Paleobiology Database

The Opens external link in new windowPaleobiology Database has been organized and operated by a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, international group of paleobiological researchers. Its purpose is to provide global, collection-based occurrence and taxonomic data for organisms of all geological ages, as well data services to allow easy access to data for independent development of analytical tools, visualization software, and applications of all types. This is realized by recording all relevant publications of taxonomic data in their geological context. The GeoZentrum Nordbayern is among the most prolific data providers to this database. Researchers benefit from various analytical tools that allow to reconstruct sampling-standardized diversity curves among many other. There are currently more than 1.2 million occurrences of 317,000 taxa registered in the Paleobiology Database.