Earth Collections: type, figured and cited database

The Fossil Types database contains details of all type, figured, and cited fossils in the Museum's geological collections. At present the database contains over 13,000 records, but this number is steadily increasing as new papers are published and other specimens become type, figured, or cited. Jurassic and Cretaceous fossils are particularly well represented, together comprising nearly 7,000 of the 13,000 records. The principal collections are those of:

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Species names: The 'Species Name' field records the most recent determination for the specimen. All earlier determinations are included in the 'Notes' field. No attempt has been made to systematically update the taxonomy of individual specimens.
Horizons and localities: Data in the 'Horizon' and 'Locality' fields is taken from the museum catalogues. Some terminology relating to horizons has been amended to bring it in line with modern usage. County and country names have also been updated as necessary in accordance with the Ordnance Survey Gazetteer of Great Britain and The Times Atlas of the World.

1999. Gazetteer of Great Britain, 4th ed. Ordnance Survey, Southampton, xv111 + 791 pp.
1995. The Times Atlas of the World, 7th ed. Times Books, London, 170 + 111 pp.

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