Finding the Wild Things
Finding information regarding the whereabouts of charismatic animals requires deep-diving into multiple sources. Thankfully, many of these sources have been organized in community-curated data repositories, including The Paleobiology Database, The Neotoma Paleoecology Database, Wikipedia, and more. For example, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility hosts over one billion occurrence records of species worldwide. The scientific journal Mammalian Species provides information about the geographic distributions and fossil records for over 1,000 species entries.
This peer-reviewed scientific information is then organized into each ArcGIS StoryMap by focusing on key communication points for paleontology literacy and conservation action. By leveraging the work of scientific communities spread across space and time, we hope that these curated collections of wild things lost and found will instill awe, curiosity, and a sense of personal connectedness between the past, present, and potential for the future.
- “GBIF Logo” by GBIF is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0. Specific details of each data attribution are available in the “Credits” section of each applicable StoryMap.
- “Wikipedia-logo-v2” by Anomie is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.
- “Wikipedia-logo-textonly” by Aude is licensed under Public Domain.
- “Logo for the IUCN Red List” by International Union for Conservation of Nature is licensed under Public Domain.
- “PBDB logo color” by Paleobiology Database is licensed under CC BY 4.0. Data were obtained from the Paleobiology Database (https://paleobiodb.org/#/). The work of data contributors, data stewards, and the PBDB community is gratefully acknowledged.
- The Neotoma Paleoecology Database logo is used with permission from Neotoma. Data were obtained from the Neotoma Paleoecology Database (http://www.neotomadb.org) and its constituent database FAUNMAP. The work of data contributors, data stewards, and the Neotoma community is gratefully acknowledged.