I was chatting to Mike Taylor the other day about Cladestore as I couldn’t find the page I needed and was surprised he didn’t know of it. To be fair it did start off well and then rather sank, but the principle is sound and it seemed relevant enough that he might know of it. It is, in short, an archive for the various files and datasets used for phylogenetic analyses. Obviously these are generally published alongside any paper that they feature in, but typing these out again or taking the raw data and formatting it into a useable manner can be a pain, and it’s not always easy to get things out of the original authors. The idea therefore was to create and archive for these files so they were easily accessible to all. Since this does seem little known, it’s well worth advertising. And I should add that despite it’s slight antiquity, I believe they still take submissions so send ‘em your nexus and tre files.
Coupled with my reference to the Paleobiology Database earlier and it got me thinking. It would be nice if there was a single, simple, one-stop-shop for all manner of palaeo websites and online resources that are useful to researchers and those interested in the field. So I’ll try and create one, as it’ll help me learn and I expect, help my colleagues. So, anything you can think of, do submit it below. I’m thinking general stuff – a database of tyrannosaur specimens, or pterosaur papers is fine but it won’t be of much use to too many people so it’s not really worth putting here. I’m thinking of major resources that cover whole fields or are simply so vast with the data collection that they are must-know-abouts.
Here’s the few I can think of, add yours below and I’ll package them all up. And do spread the word please – blog and tweet this. This could, I think be very useful to a lot of people.
Cladestore – archived phylogenetic datasets
Morphobank – more phylogentic datasets
FigTree – creates phylogeny diagrams for publication
Palaeobiology Database – data of fossil specimens, deep and wide set of data
Tree of life – phylogenetic tree of the whole diversity of life
Palaeotology Journals – Jerry Harris’ lists of journals, major and minor, that publish palaeo papers
Rankings of Palaeo Journals – Kenneth de Baets’ list of journals and things like IF, SJR, OA etc.
Polyglot Paleontologist – translations of non-English papers
The Marsh Archive – PDFs of papers by Marsh
Stratigraphy.net – archive of stratigraphic data
Phylogeny programs – list of phylogenetics software
Morphometrics – various resources for morphometric analyses
Morphobank -hmm, link doesn’t load for me…
Digimorph – digital anatomy archive of extant and extinct taxa
Comparative osteology database – mostly mammals and a few birds, but very good
3D skulls – Witmer Lab visualisations and scans of various taxa extant and extinct
Paleoportal – search museum collections for specimens
Data Dryad – data of all kinds from published papers
Figshare – data of all kinds from unpublished studies.
Biomesh – FEA models and properties.
Biodiversity library – huge archive of books and paper.
Microstrat – stratigraphy database
I’ve started adding these as the comments come in so it’s easier for people to see and avoid duplicates rather than have to hunt through the comments to see if they have been suggested or not.