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This WikiProject, WikiProject Palaeontology, aims to organise an effort to expand and improve Wikipedia's coverage of paleontology-related articles.

These are only suggestions, things to give you focus and to get you going, and you shouldn't feel obligated in the least to follow them. But if you don't know what to write or where to begin, following the below guidelines may be helpful. Mainly, we just want you to write articles.

We aim to improve articles about palaeontologists and their work, extinct species, and areas that overlap with geology, life science, botany etc. There are also more specific projects on dinosaurs, mammals and extinction - WikiProject Palaeontology provides a central portal for co-ordinated work across these areas, and smaller topics not lucky enough to have a dedicated WikiProject.

Family tree of related WikiProjects
WikiProject Palaeontology is a descendant of WikiProject Tree of Life, and WikiProject Geology, with extensive overlap with both biology and geology articles.
WikiProject Science.
WikiProject Biology
WikiProject Tree of Life
WikiProject Animals
WikiProject Plants
WikiProject Fungi
WikiProject Microbiology
WikiProject Geology
WikiProject Palaeontology
WikiProject Dinosaurs

Participating[edit]

If you wish to participate in this project, please list your name to Participants. Feel free to include your area and degree of expertise, and what you feel you may bring to this project.

You are also welcome to help out with any of the tasks listed below that take your fancy!

Tasks[edit]

Please see Wikipedia:WikiProject Palaeontology/Tasks for the ongoing tasks of the project.

Articles needed or needing improvements[edit]

Articles in urgent need of improvement are listed here. Please remove entries after making improvements.

Topics requiring improvement[edit]

List maintenance[edit]

This includes adding newly described taxa, and creation of articles for genera (and redirects for synonyms).

See Wikipedia:WikiProject Palaeontology/Lists for all the taxonomic lists

Vandal fighting[edit]

As with all other projects, we have a problem with vandalism of articles (see vandalism and clean up for further information). Here is a quick guide for vandal fighters of this project:

  1. Revert edits.
  2. Leave a message on the user's talk page. See template messages and warning category for which templates to use.
  3. Report persistant vandals to administrator intervention against vandalism.

Conflict of Interest[edit]

For any academic editor(s) who wish to reference their own work in articles or their own biography, we have set-up a system that allows other wiki-editors to make the edits for you, see Wikipedia:WikiProject Palaeontology/COI. This is to ensure there are no conflicts of interest, either real or in appearance.

Review[edit]

If you fancy expanding getting an article off the starting blocks, here's where you can find all our "stub" articles:

Click the "►" below to see all subcategories:

Paleoart review[edit]

If you want to submit paleoart images for accuracy review, place them here as well as links to what you used as references: Wikipedia:WikiProject Palaeontology/Paleoart review If you want to participate as reviewer, you can put the page on your watchlist. When removing an incorrect image from an article, please put it up here for review so it can be fixed, otherwise the image might not be used again.

You can also request new images for articles within the paleontology project here:[2]

Single-species articles[edit]

Users sometimes wonder whether it is necessary to create a separate article for every species in a genus.

In the case of monospecific genera, the usual guideline is to create a single article at the genus page. For example, an article exists at Saadanius and a redirect at Saadanius hijazensis.

In the case of genera that contain multiple species, a degree of common sense is necessary. Wikipedia:MERGE lists three reasons that it may be appropriate to combine the species into a single page:

  • There may be a substantial overlap in the content of the articles (for instance, if the species are found in the same locality and are morphologically and biologically very similar);
  • There may be very little text that can be written about individual species (if a species is very similar to others in its genus, a page may simply read "Orthoconus grandi is a species of Orthoconus whose shell is greater than 2 mm in height").
  • It may be necessary to have context from a broader article in order for readers to understand the species' context. For instance, the phylogenetic context of Halkieria requires lengthy explanation, so in this instance it is appropriate to have multiple genera in a single article.

If it is not appropriate to create a separate page for each species, species pages can be redirected to a genus page. If there is enough text to make it suitable, each species may have a separate section on the genus page; see Halkieria for an example. If a single species eventually generates enough content to warrant its own page, then this page can be created; but other species should only be split from the main article when their existence can be substantiated.

Recognized content[edit]

Good articles[edit]

Featured articles[edit]

Did you Knows...[edit]

  1. South Polar dinosaurs - 13 November 2004
  2. Astrohippus - 29 January 2009
  3. Akanthosuchus - 14 February 2009
  4. Haasiophis - 15 February 2009
  5. Miragaia - 6 March 2009
  6. Australodelphis - 7 March 2009
  7. Phyllodontosuchus - 9 March 2009
  8. Dibothrosuchus - 12 March 2009
  9. Tianyulong - 26 March 2009
  10. Hurdia - 28 March 2009
  11. Gallardosaurus - 10 July 2009
  12. Hupehsuchia - 9 August 2009
  13. Raranimus - 30 September 2009
  14. Vancleavea - 8 December 2009
  15. Batropetes - 10 January 2010
  16. Eonessa - 6 February 2010
  17. Scaphohippus - 12 February 2010
  18. Yongjiacaris - 14 February 2010
  19. Triatoma dominicana - 21 February 2010 (double nomination with T. antiquus)
  20. Trypanosoma antiquus - 21 February 2010 (double nomination with T. dominicana)
  21. Nanoraphidia - 23 February 2010
  22. Raphidia funerata- 24 February 2010
  23. Electrinocellia - 25 February 2010
  24. Ororaphidia - 26 February 2010 (double nomination with Styporaphidia)
  25. Styporaphidia - 26 February 2010 (double nomination with Ororaphidia)
  26. Fibla carpenteri - 27 February 2010
  27. Archiinocellia - 27 February 2010
  28. Kourerpeton - 28 February 2010
  29. Proraphidia - 1 March 2010
  30. Oligochlora - 4 March 2010
  31. Neocorynura electra - 6 March 2010
  32. Eickwortapis - 6 March 2010
  33. Microberotha - 7 March 2010
  34. Sanajeh - 9 March 2010
  35. Fedexia - 20 March 2010
  36. Tambachia - 17 April 2010
  37. Rhynchonkos - 26 April 2010
  38. Uatchitodon - 29 April 2010
  39. Redondasuchus - 10 July 2010
  40. Tsylmosuchus - 14 July 2010
  41. Shartegosuchidae - 29 July 2010
  42. Eunotosaurus - 14 August 2010
  43. Plesiobalaenoptera - 15 August 2010
  44. Liushusaurus - 15 August 2010
  45. Pakasuchus - 16 August 2010
  46. Menarana - 17 August 2010
  47. Sunosuchus - 30 August 2010
  48. Duerosuchus - 15 September 2010
  49. Koilamasuchus - 26 September 2010
  50. Inkayacu - 9 October 2010
  51. Susisuchus - 15 October 2010
  52. Simosuchus - 14 December 2010
  53. Sebecus - 30 December 2010
  54. Lydekkerina - 18 January 2011
  55. Diadectidae - 14 February 2011
  56. Belemnotheutis - 16 February 2011
  57. Glanosuchus - 30 March 2011
  58. Tiarajudens - 30 March 2011
  59. Teraterpeton - 20 May 2011
  60. Palaeochiropteryx - 24 May 2011
  61. Eurypterus - 29 May 2011
  62. Arenysuchus - 21 June 2011
  63. Asterotrygon - 15 July 2011
  64. Snowmastodon site - 19 July 2011
  65. Prehistoric Lepidoptera - 31 July 2011
  66. Palaeontinidae - 3 August 2011
  67. Tortrix? destructus - 6 August 2011
  68. Tortrix? florissantana - 6 August 2011
  69. Trimerorhachis - 12 August 2011
  70. Smok - 21 August 2011
  71. Ovoo - 28 August 2011
  72. Saniwa - 30 August 2011
  73. Coal ball - 31 August 2011
  74. Acallosuchus - 13 September 2011
  75. Laccognathus embryi - 21 September 2011
  76. Myanmymar - 6 October 2011
  77. Araucaria mirabilis - 2 December 2011
  78. Poposaurus - 29 December 2011
  79. Nanictidopidae - 13 January 2012
  80. Cycadeoidea - 22 January 2012
  81. Waptia - 25 January 2012
  82. Tempskya - 29 January 2012
  83. Aegisuchus - 13 February 2012
  84. Cylindroteuthis - 22 February 2012
  85. Blattoidealestes - 25 February 2012
  86. Stratiotosuchus - 5 March 2012
  87. Encrinus - 28 March 2012
  88. Tinirau - 5 April 2012
  89. Crocodylus thorbjarnarsoni - 16 May 2012
  90. Bellubrunnus - 13 July 2012
  91. Ocepeia- 14 March 2014

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Taxobox[edit]

Dakosaurus
Temporal range: Late Jurassic to Early Cretaceous
Dakosaurus maximus.JPG
D. maximus skull, Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Sauropsida
Subclass: Diapsida
Infraclass: Archosauromorpha
(unranked): Mesoeucrocodylia
Suborder: Thalattosuchia
Family: Metriorhynchidae
Genus: Dakosaurus
Quenstedt, 1856
Species
  • D. maximus (Plieninger, 1846) Quenstedt, 1856 (type)
  • D. andiniensis Vignaud & Gasparini, 1996
  • D. nicaeensis Ambayrac, 1913
Synonyms
  • Dacosaurus Sauvage, 1873

Here is an example of a taxobox:

{{Taxobox
| name = 
|fossil_range = 
| image = 
| image_width = 250px
| image_caption =
| regnum = [[]]
| phylum = [[]]
| classis = [[]]
| subclassis = [[]]
| infraclassis = [[]]
| ordo = [[]]
| familia = [[]]
| genus = 
| genus_authority = [[]], [[]]
|subdivision_ranks = Species
|subdivision =
* '' '' <small> [[]], [[]]</small> ([[type species|type]])
* '' ''<small> [[]], [[]]</small>
|synonyms =
* '' ''<small> [[]], [[]]</small>
}}

The full taxobox guide is located at Wikipedia:WikiProject Tree of Life/taxobox usage.

Detailed taxonomic information, including notes on how taxa are defined and how they vary between different systems, belongs in the article proper. Where possible, however, a standard table will be provided to allow easier navigation between related groups and quick identification of what sort of organisms are being discussed. These are called taxoboxes. A typical taxobox is shown at right (it belongs on the top right of the page Dakosaurus). For extinct plants see Hymenaea protera.

There are three main sections to the taxobox:

  • A header showing the name of the group, sometimes followed by a representative image.
  • A table showing the placement of the group in a typical classification system.
  • A footer, whose content varies, showing the binomial name or a species, or a list of subgroups for higher taxa.

For fossil species, there is to be no status field. The only extinct species this should be used for are recently extinct ones (e.g. Yangtze river dolphin):

  • | status = EX

Position: The taxobox generally belongs at the top right corner of the article, unless it has been decided otherwise on the relevant talk page - for instance, if the article is not primarily about the biological group.

Project banner[edit]

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Userboxes[edit]

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Timeline templates[edit]

Categories[edit]

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Microformat[edit]

Please be aware of the proposed Species microformat, particularly in relation to taxoboxes. Comments welcome on the wiki at that link.

Resources[edit]

Peer-reviewed sources of information[edit]

Here are some links to websites that host peer-reviewed publications that will be of interest to all users of the WikiProject. Note that some do any free access to some recent articles, but you most likely will need a log-on to get full access. Subscription access:

CC licensed publications[edit]

All images and text published in these journals are free to use on Wikipedia when authors are attributed, unless otherwise noted

The following journals may have CC licensed publications (verify for each article)

Free access publications[edit]

Journals that have some Palaeontological content[edit]

For anyone with an academic log-in (e.g. Athens) then:

are fantastic resources for citation searches.

Social network sites for sharing peer reviewed articles[edit]

Database[edit]

Directory Directory of WikiProjects

 

Council WikiProject Council

 

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