Paleonet: Fossil collection arrangement

Dr. Antonino Briguglio anbriguglio at gmail.com
Wed Mar 18 19:51:01 GMT 2020


Hi all,

I have just finished a major revision of our teaching collection with 
over 3500 entries.

I followed the systematics starting from parazoans, then cnidarians, 
lophophorata, molluscs, arthropods, echinoids, hemichordates, chordates 
and then plants. algae and microfossils are in a separate collection.

within each one of these taxa, I used the most convenient higher ranking 
to subdivide the specimens. as example in trilobites I used the orders 
(redlichiida, phacopida, etc....), in bivalves the family (Strombidae, 
Turritellidae, ...). within each order I just organized the genera 
randomly within each drawer. if multiple specimens from one genus or 
species (like iconic Spirifer, or Goniaties, or Gryphaea), then of 
course all together. but for teaching having one drawer with only 
"agnostida" is a great things. if one taxon is then reassigned is very 
easy to move it.

I would avoid by Author, by species or any other sorting as I will 
immediately have all mixed together.

We also had a stratigraphic collection with all sort of fossils mixed up 
and sorted by stage. I completely erased it by merging almost all in the 
systematic collection. I maintained only those taxa which are 
stratigrahically important in the region here.

I hope it helps, if not then delete ahahaha

cheers

Antonino

On 18-Mar-20 20:28, Howard Gibbins wrote:
> Greetings,
>
> I agree with Carrie, organization by genus & then species is the most 
> logical, especially if you are in a teaching setting as the first few 
> years you spend time drilling the system into the students, so 
> logically that is how they should expect to find things.
>
> A good portion of our mammal collection is disorganized by the 
> location specimens were found which is totally incomprehensible to 
> everyone, and means if you want to find samples of a given specimen 
> you could spend hours looking through all the cabinets.
>
> /*H*oward *G*ibbins BA, BEd/
> /University of Alberta
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>
> On Wed, 18 Mar 2020 at 13:17, SCHWEITZER, CARRIE <cschweit at kent.edu 
> <mailto:cschweit at kent.edu>> wrote:
>
>     I am not on Twitter.
>
>     I prefer biologically (systematically).
>
>     I like organization by genus, personally.  There are benefits to
>     doing it alphabetically by species, because you don't need to know
>     the systematic history.  But then, unrelated things are mixed
>     totgether,
>
>     Honestly I hate by Author.
>
>     Dr. Carrie E. Schweitzer
>     Department of Geology
>     Kent State University
>     Kent, Ohio 44242
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>     *From:* Paleonet <paleonet-bounces+cschweit=kent.edu at paleonet.org
>     <mailto:kent.edu at paleonet.org>> on behalf of Adiël Klompmaker
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>     *Sent:* Wednesday, March 18, 2020 11:54 AM
>     *To:* paleonet at nhm.ac.uk <mailto:paleonet at nhm.ac.uk>
>     <paleonet at nhm.ac.uk <mailto:paleonet at nhm.ac.uk>>
>     *Subject:* Paleonet: Fossil collection arrangement
>     Hi everyone,
>
>     How would you like to have a fossil collection arranged?
>
>     Here's a new poll on Twitter:
>     https://twitter.com/paleoadiel/status/1240303260105428994
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>     Thanks a lot in advance!
>
>     Best wishes,
>     Adiel
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