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PBDB specifications


Unique identifier OMICS_31124
Alternative name PaleoBiology DataBase
Restrictions to use None
Community driven No
Data access File download, Browse
User data submission Not allowed
Registration required No
Maintained Yes
Availability Yes



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PBDB citations


Quantifying ecological impacts of mass extinctions with network analysis of fossil communities

Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A
PMCID: 5960297
PMID: 29686079
DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1719976115
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[…] Data on fossil occurrences, taxonomy, and diversity over time were accessed from the Paleobiology Database on various dates in spring 2017 (https://paleobiodb.org/#/). Taxonomic data were revised to correct for inconsistently ranked clades, update classification schemes, and fill in e […]


Wing bone geometry reveals active flight in Archaeopteryx

Nat Commun
PMCID: 5849612
PMID: 29535376
DOI: 10.1038/s41467-018-03296-8
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[…] Mesozoic topology and timing used in this study (Supplementary Data  and Supplementary Fig. ) were derived from the Paleobiology Database (PaleoDB; https://paleobiodb.org) on 29 January 2016. Divergence nodes were adopted as the older bound date for the oldest report of a taxon nested beyond the respective split. M […]


A workflow and protocol describing the field to digitization process for new project‐based fossil leaf collections

Appl Plant Sci
PMCID: 5851561
PMID: 29732256
DOI: 10.1002/aps3.1025

[…] titutional practices, whether hosted by the museum's online collections records and/or other collections databases such as iDigBio (https://www.idigbio.org), PaleoPortal (http://paleoportal.org), the Paleobiology Database (https://paleobiodb.org/), and Specify (http://specifysoftware.org/). Digital measurements: (optional) Depending on project goals, specimen images can be used for digital measur […]


Dated phylogeny and dispersal history of the butterfly subfamily Nymphalinae (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae)

Sci Rep
PMCID: 5562872
PMID: 28821757
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-08993-w

[…] e priors used in the divergence dating here are based on the following fossil dates: Vanessa amerindica and Prodryas persephone , both from the Florissant Formation dated at 37.2–33.9 Ma according to Paleobiology Database (www.fossilworks.org), representing the divergence of Vanessa and its sister group (Node C1, Fig. ) and that between Hypanartia and its sister group (Node C2, Fig. ), respectivel […]


Muroid rodent phylogenetics: 900 species tree reveals increasing diversification rates

PLoS One
PMCID: 5559066
PMID: 28813483
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0183070

[…] []. Criteria for the confidence intervals for the 14 new calibrations can be found in . Minimum and maximum ages corresponded to the 95% confidence limits from the Marshall index [] as calculated by Paleobiology Database [] (PBDB; accessed June 29, 2016), except when there was a large and significant correlation between rank age and gap size, in which case we used the 90% interval using the metho […]


Genetic evidence for subspecies differentiation of the Himalayan marmot, Marmota himalayana, in the Qinghai Tibet Plateau

PLoS One
PMCID: 5557547
PMID: 28809943
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0183375
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[…] ubstitution model. Three calibrations were used. The 1st was a fossil calibration regarding Marmota minor as the oldest marmot fossil at 10.3 mya (J. Alroy, Macquarie University, Sydney, pers. comm.; Paleobiology Database, http://www.paleodb.org, accessed 1 January 2010). Following the protocol of Steppan et al. (2011) [], a prior normal distribution with a mean of 10.3 mya and a standard deviatio […]


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Supported by NSF grants from EAR, ICER, and DUE.

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