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This table stores sample data. Samples belong to Analysis Units, which belong to Collection Units, which belong to Sites. Samples also belong to a Dataset, and the Dataset determines the type of sample. Thus, there could be two different samples from the same Analysis Unit, one belonging to a pollen dataset, the other to a plant macrofossil dataset.


Column Type Size Nulls Auto Default Children Parents Comments
sampleid serial 10 nextval('ndb.seq_samples_sampleid'::regclass)
aggregatesamples.sampleid fk_aggregatesamples_samplesC
data.sampleid fk_data_samplesC
dsdatasample.sampleid Implied ConstraintR
geochronology.sampleid fk_geochronology_samplesC
sampleages.sampleid fk_sampleages_samplesC
sampleanalysts.sampleid fk_sampleanalysts_samplesC
samplekeywords.sampleid fk_samplekeywords_samplesC
specimendates.sampleid sd_smpidR

An arbitrary Sample identification number.

analysisunitid int4 10 null
analysisunits.analysisunitid fk_samples_analysisunitsR

Analysis Unit identification number. Field links to the AnalysisUnits table.

datasetid int4 10 null
datasets.datasetid fk_samples_datasetsR

Dataset identification number. Field links to the Datasets table.

samplename varchar 80 null

Sample name if any.

analysisdate date 13 null

Date of analysis.

labnumber varchar 40 null

Laboratory number for the sample. A special case regards geochronologic samples, for which the LabNumber is the number, if any, assigned by the submitter, not the number assigned by the radiocarbon laboratory, which is in the Geochronology table.

preparationmethod text 2147483647 null

Description, notes, or comments on preparation methods. For faunal samples, notes on screening methods or screen size are stored here.

notes text 2147483647 null

Free form note or comments about the sample.

recdatecreated timestamp 22 timezone('UTC'::text, now())
recdatemodified timestamp 22 null
sampledate date 13 null
taxonid int4 10 null
taxa.taxonid fk_samples_taxaR


Constraint Name Type Sort Column(s)
samples_pkey Primary key Asc sampleid
ix_analysisunitid_samples Performance Asc analysisunitid
ix_datasetid_samples Performance Asc datasetid
sample_taxon_idx Performance Asc taxonid