Catalogs and Information
The UCMP paleobotany catalog (available
on-line) contains information on over 26,000 specimens of fossil plants,
algae, and fungi. The paleobotany type collection contains
specimens which were illustrated or referred to in a publication
as representative of a particular form the author(s) studied. Primary
types are the specimens chosen as nameholders when a species or subspecies
is first described. These include the holotype (the primary nameholder
of a species) and paratypes (additional specimens used in the original
species description). Secondary types are additional specimens
assigned to a species and include primarily hypotypes (those specimens
figured) and homeotypes (unfigured specimens). Although the latter type
categories are not formally recognized by the International Code of Botanical
Nomenclature (ICBN), they generally represent additional well preserved
specimens from the original collections. In addition, specimen data and images of
UCMP's modern cleared leaf collection
are now available on-line. The database has been checked, but may still contain errors.
For more about our paleobotany collections, see the Paleobotanical
Specimen Data Fields
The data fields and information currently available for each
specimen in our Paleobotany catalog are listed below.
SPECIMEN NUMBER:Original catalog number
SPECIMEN No.2:number assigned to specimens with a duplicate specimen number
TAXON INFO (if known):Class, Subclass, Order, Family, Genus, Species
MODIFIERS:eg. cf., sp., var.
OTHER ID:eg. field used for common name, if fossil undetermined, study specific designations
CITATION INFO:Author, year, publication name, volume and page numbers,
plate and figure numbers
TYPE STATUS:i.e., holotype, paratype, etc.
LOCALITY INFO:Locality prefix and number, locality name, flora, continent/ocean, country, state/province, county,
formation, period, epoch
LOCATION in collection:Rack and bay number; storage age
We follow the classification scheme of Cronquist, 1988 (The Evolution
and Classification of Flowering Plants, 2nd edition) for the flowering
plants (dicots and monocots) .
Go to the Collections Database page to begin your search.