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The Fossil Calibration Database, A New Resource for Divergence Dating

  • Ksepka, Daniel T. Bruce Museum, Greenwich, USA
  • Parham, James F. John D. Cooper Archaeological and Paleontological Center, Department of Geological Sciences, California State University, Fullerton, USA
  • Allman, James F. Interrobang Digital Media, Wake Forest, NC, USA
  • Benton, Michael J. School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  • Carrano, Matthew T. Department of Paleobiology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA
  • Cranston, Karen A. National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Durham, NC, USA
  • Donoghue, Philip C. J. School of Earth Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
  • Head, Jason J. Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE, USA
  • Hermsen, Elizabeth J. Department of Environmental and Plant Biology, Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA
  • Irmis, Randall B. Natural History Museum of Utah and Department of Geology & Geophysics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA
  • Joyce, Walter G. Department of Geosciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Kohli, Manpreet Department of Biology, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA
  • Lamm, Kristin D. Bioinformatics Research Center, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
  • Leehr, Dan National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Durham, NC, USA - Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
  • Patané, Josés L. Departamento de Bioquímica, Instituto de Química, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Polly, P. David Department of Geological Sciences, Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
  • Phillips, Matthew J. School of Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia
  • Smith, N. Adam Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, USA
  • Smith, Nathan D. Department of Biology, Howard University, Washington, USA
  • Tuinen, Marcel van Centre of Evolutionary and Ecological Studies, Marine Evolution and Conservation Group, University of Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Ware, Jessica L. Department of Biology, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, USA
  • Warnock, Rachel C. M. Department of Paleobiology, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA
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    27.04.2015
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  • Systematic Biology. - 2015, vol. 64, no. 5, p. 853-859
English Fossils provide the principal basis for temporal calibrations, which are critical to the accuracy of divergence dating analyses. Translating fossil data into minimum and maximum bounds for calibrations is the most important, and often least appreciated, step of divergence dating. Properly justified calibrations require the synthesis of phylogenetic, paleontological, and geological evidence and can be difficult for non- specialists to formulate. The dynamic nature of the fossil record (e.g., new discoveries, taxonomic revisions, updates of global or local stratigraphy) requires that calibration data be updated continually lest they become obsolete. Here, we announce the Fossil Calibration Database (http://fossilcalibrations.org), a new open- access resource providing vetted fossil calibrations to the scientific community. Calibrations accessioned into this database are based on individual fossil specimens and follow best practices for phylogenetic justification and geochronological constraint. The associated Fossil Calibration Series, a calibration-themed publication series at Palaeontologia Electronica, will serve as one key pipeline for peer-reviewed calibrations to enter the database.
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Faculté des sciences et de médecine
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Département de Géosciences
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  • English
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Paleontology
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