Paleobot.org

About Us

Paleobot.org was founded in 2009 by Harvard University's Jade d'Alpoim Guedes and Christina Warinner in order to facilitate scholarly dissemination of paleobotanical information, including photographic archives of plant macro- and microremains, plant isotopic data, and discussions and reviews of laboratory techniques and protocols. The web database portion of the website was launched on July 1, 2010, and we plan to supplement this database with additional resources, such as identification guides and instructional videos, later this year.

Paleobot.org serves as a repository for archaeological and reference collection data, and also provides a forum for the electronic publication of microfossil identification guides, laboratory protocols, and instructional videos. One of our primary goals is to provide open and free access to online botanical reference collections in order to improve and standardize the identification of plant fossil remains in the archaeological record.

Paleobot.org is committed to improving the quality of archaeological science in the fields of paleobotany and paleodietary stable isotope analysis through scholarly collaboration and data sharing. Our purpose is not to duplicate the function of a herbarium, reference collection seeds, or slides. Rather, we hope that the images uploaded to the website can be used to assist researchers with preliminary identification, which can then be confirmed with use of herbaria, literature, or assistance of a specialist. It is not a replacement for herbaria or plant taxonomists, but a way to use them more effectively.

We would like to extend a special thanks to David Goode, the very talented computer programmer who helped bring our vision of Paleobot.org to life. You can read more about his work and contact him through Development Seed.