Society for Vertebrate Paleontology Workshop


1 Introduction

This workshop is designed to use paleoecological data and associated internet resources to provide participants with the following:

  1. Guidance on best practices in the archiving and analysis of paleovertebrate data

  2. Training in the use of the Neotoma Paleoecology Database ( to archive, access, and analyze paleoecological data.

Neotoma is a multiproxy paleo-database that stores a range of paleoecological & paleoenvironmental data, including vertebrate faunal data. One of the strengths of Neotoma is the ability to compare faunal data with other proxy data such as fossil pollen, diatoms, ostracodes, insects, charcoal, and geochemical data. In addition, the database is structured to relate absolute dates to taxon occurrences and to allow the creation and storage of age models built on absolute dates from stratigraphic sections. Neotoma is a public-access, community-supported database that is emerging as the standard repository for Pliocene and Quaternary paleoecological data.

More teaching materials can be found in Neotoma’s educational resources.

2 Finding Data

2.1 Explorer

2.1.1 Getting Started