Fossils and Databases

This section presents important contributions summarizing and presenting data on large groups of fossils and / or significant paleontological collections. Logo of this site is taken from the Madrid Symposium of IASFCP of 1995, with kind permission of its organizers. The author of logo is Mr Mariano Cebrián.

Scleractinia Treatise (Part F) – updates of August 28th 2017

The first chapter is online at; please select
* view available chapters
** Part F (Revised), vol. 2, Cnidaria (Scleractinia), and finally you will find
*** Part F Chapter 10, 10 pp; $7.95; Systematic Descriptions of the Scleractinia Family Rhizangiidae by Baron-Szabo & Cairns; 2016

I just received the information – writes Rosemarie BARON-SZABO – August 28th 2017 – that two more of our Scleractinia Treatise chapters are online – finally!

Both of them had been "in press" for a long time (chapter 11 was 'in press' since October 2016 and chapter 12 was 'in press' since December 2016)... but here they are at last:

Baron-Szabo, R. C. & Cairns, S. D. (2017) Part F, Revised, Volume 2, Chapter 11: Systematic descriptions of the Scleractinia Family MICRABACIIDAE. Treatise Online 98: 1-8, 5 figs., 1 tab.

Baron-Szabo, R. C. (2017) Part F, Revised, Volume 2, Chapter 12: Systematic descriptions of the Scleractinia Family RHIPIDASTRAEIDAE. Treatise Online 99: 1-3, fig. 1.

The other chapters to be published in the series are:
Baron-Szabo, Family Pachyphylliidae, in press
Baron-Szabo & Cairns, Family Dendrophylliidae, in review
Baron-Szabo & Cairns, Family Oculinidae, in preparation
Baron-Szabo & Cairns, Family Turbinoliidae, in preparation

[Rosemarie Baron-Szabo, Smithsonian Institution]

Revised Treatise E4 - online version complete


SELDEN P.A. ed. 2010-2013. Treatise Online, Part E (Revised), Porifera, vol. 4, Hypercalcified Porifera; Authors: Barry D. WEBBY (coordinating author), Françoise DEBRENNE, Willard D. HARTMAN, S. KERSHAW, Pierre D. KRUSE, Heldur NESTOR, J. Keith RIGBY, Baba SENOWBARI-DARYAN, Colin W. STEARN, Carl W. STOCK, J. VACELET, Barry D. WEBBY, Ronald R. WEST, Philippe WILLENZ, Rachel A. WOOD, A.Yu. ZHURAVLEV; ISSN 2153-4012; published 2010-2013.

The volume contains the following chapters (in order of numbering), available for purchase at

1 VACELET J., WILLENZ P., HARTMAN W.D. 2010. Introduction to the Extant Hypercalcified Porifera. Chapter 1, 16 p. [$13.95]

2A WEST R.R. 2011. Introduction to the Fossil Hypercalcified Chaetetid-Type Porifera (Demospongiae); General Features. Chapter 2A, 78 p. [$49.95]

2B WEST R.R. 2011. Functional Morphology of the Chaetetid-Type Porifera. Chapter 2B, 38 p. [$23.95]

2C WEST R.R. 2011. Classification of the Chaetetid-Type Porifera (Past and Present). Chapter 2C, 24 p. [$9.95]

2D WEST R.R. 2012. Evolution of the hypercalcified chaetetid-type Porifera (Demospongiae). Chapter 2D, 26 p. [$10.95]

2E WEST R.R. 2012. Paleoecology of the hypercalcified chaetetid-type Porifera (Demospongiae). Chapter 2E, 68 p. [$49.95]

2F WEST R.R. 2012. Paleogeography and Biostratigraphy of the hypercalcified chaetetid-type Porifera (Demospongiae). Chapter 2F, 29 p. [$13.95]

3 WOOD R.A. 2011. Introduction to the Post-Devonian Hypercalcified Sponges (Stromatoporoid Type). Chapter 3, 17 p. [$15.95]

4A-B WEST R.R., VACELET J., WOOD R.A., WILLENZ P., HARTMAN W.D. 2013. Hypercalcified Extant and Fossil Chaetetid-Type and Post-Devonian Stromatoporoid-Type Demospongiae: Systematic Descriptions. Chapters 4A-B, 95.p. [$49.95]

4C VACELET J. 2012. Hypercalcified Extant Calcarea. Chapter 4C, 15 p. [$13.95]

5 STEARN C.W. & STOCK C.W. 2010. A List Of Upper Paleozoic-Mesozoic Stromatoporoid-Like Genera; and Excluded Taxa. Chapter 5, 8 p. [$3.95]

6 STEARN C.W. 2010. Systematic Decriptions of the Class and Order Uncertain: Family Disjectoporidae. Chapter 6, 11 p. [$9.95]

7 SENOWBARI-DARYAN B. & RIGBY J.K. 2011. Sphinctozoan and Inozoan Hypercalcified Sponges: An Overview. Chapter 7, 90 p. [$49.95]

8 WEBBY B.D. 2010. Glossary of Terms Applied to the Hypercalcified Porifera. Chapter 8, 20 p. [$18.95]

9A STEARN C.W. 2010. Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea: Introduction. Chapter 9A, 3 p. [$1.95]

9B WEBBY B.D. & KERSHAW S. 2011. External Morphology of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea: Shapes and Growth Habits. Chapter 9B, 73 p. [$49.95]

9C STEARN C.W. 2011. Internal Morphology of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 9C, 36 p. [$33.95]

9D STEARN C.W. 2010. Microstructure and Mineralogy of Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 9D, 25 p. [$21.95]

9E STEARN C.W. 2010. Morphologic Affinities of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea to Other Fossil and Recent Groups. Chapter 9E, 9 p. [$6.95]

9F STEARN C.W. 2010. Functional Morphology of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoid Skeleton. Chapter 9F, 26 p. [$22.95]

10 WEBBY B.D. 2012. Origins And Evolution of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 10, 22 p. [$17.95]

11A STEARN C.W. 2010. Diversity Trends of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 11A, 5 p. [$4.95]

11B STEARN C.W. 2010. Extinction Patterns of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 11B, 17p. [$13.95]

12 WEBBY B.D., STEARN C.W., NESTOR H. 2012. Biostratigraphy of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 12, 22 p. [$17.95]

13 KERSHAW S. 2012. Paleoecology of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 13, 24 p. [$20.95]

14 STOCK C.W., WEBBY B.D., NESTOR H. 2012. Paleobiogeography of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 14, 44 p. [$36.95]

15A STEARN C.W. 2010. Techniques of Study: Collection, Preparation, and Analysis of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 15A, 10 p. [$7.95]

15B STEARN C.W. 2010. Classification of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 15B, 9 p. [$6.95]

16A STEARN C.W., WEBBY B.D., NESTOR H., STOCK C.W. 2012. Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea. Chapter 16A, 1 p. [$0.95]

16B WEBBY B.D. 2012. Labechiida. Chapter 16B, 51 p. [$45.95]

16C NESTOR H. 2011. Clathrodictyida. Chapter 16C, 15 p. [$12.95]

16D STOCK C.W. 2012. Actinostromatida. Chapter 16D, 12 p. [$10.95]

16E STEARN C.W. 2011. Systematic Descriptions of the Paleozoic Stromatoporoidea: Orders Stromatoporellida, Stromatoporida, Syringostromatida, Amphiporida; and Genera of Uncertain Ordinal and Familial Affinities. Chapter 16E, 61 p. [$49.95]

17 WEBBY B.D. 2012. Class Uncertain, Order Pulchrilaminida, New Order. Chapter 17, 9 p. [$7.95]

18 DEBRENNE F., ZHURAVLEV A.Yu., KRUSE P.D. 2012. General Features of the Archaeocyatha. Chapter 18, 102 p. [$49.95]

19 DEBRENNE F., ZHURAVLEV A.Yu., KRUSE P.D. 2012. Systematic Descriptions: Archaeocyatha. Chapter 19, 186 p. [$49.95]

20A KRUSE P.D., ZHURAVLEV A.Yu., DEBRENNE F. 2012. Radiocyaths and potentially allied taxa. Chapter 20A, 11 p. [$8.95]

20B ZHURAVLEV A.Yu., KRUSE P.D. 2012. Cribricyaths and microfossils of uncertain affinity resembling cribricyaths. Chapter 20B, 11 p. [$8.95]

20C DEBRENNE F., ZHURAVLEV A.Yu., KRUSE P.D. 2012. Archaeocyatha and Cribricyatha nomina nuda; Taxa not Archaeocyatha, Radiocyatha, or Cribricyatha. Chapter 20C, 4 p. [$1.95]

Database and interactive identification key for archaeocyathan genera: Adeline Kerner

The database contains data on 307 genera with systematics information and types pictures. The taxa are described by 122 descriptors of which 87 are morphological, 8 pertain to stratigraphy and geography and the remaining 27 are taken from traditional classification. Descriptors and states are defined and illustrated. They are included inside a website in three parts with different types of information. * The first is with general information about Archaeocyatha with an introduction; their role in Cambrian system, their morphology and a bibliography. ** The second part is about the database. It contains general remarks on its structure and some exports: list of genera and their detailed sheets, list of descriptors, list of groups of descriptors and the base properties. *** The third and last part concerns the interactive key and its tools: user guide, matching terminologies and glossary.

Websites with living and fossil Cnidaria and Porifera
updated in December 2016

1) Corallosphere
2) Database and interactive identification key for archaeocyathan genera at
3) News on research on Fossil Cnidaria & Porifera are provided at – this page.
4) Oxford University Museum – so far mostly extant Lepidoptera are to be found here, but only few fossil corals.
5) Virtual paleontological museum, Sosnowiec, Poland: – last updated in October 2010; hey you, people in Sosnowiec: isn't it time for some updates?
6) Bibliography on extant corals (1758–2002), with about 9000 annotated entries, is presented by Hannes Loeser at
7) Estonian national geocollections database - to search specimens use As of today the site seems to be simply excellent; I hope that somebody of its visitors will make a presentation at our page; after a short visit I must say: impressive! no: IMPRESSIVE! I would recommend a map of site to be included, to faciliate search / browsing in this fascinating museum...

Can you recommend / review any other site?