• Erich Rose posted a new specimen. 2 years, 11 months ago

    2 years, 11 months ago
    2 years, 11 months ago

    Erich Rose has contributed specimen mFeM 57869 to myFOSSIL!

    • Hi, @erich-rose – I always like to see echinoderms entered into the database! The PBDB suggests Euechinoidea as the order (which is different from iDigBio). Is echinoid ordinal taxonomy undergoing (or requiring) some work?

      I know @ryan-roney knows some about Cretaceous echinoids but he focused on the irregulars.

      Talk to you soon, Jen

      • Well now that is all confusing. I just revised it to match the Echinoid Directory (Smith & Kroh, 2011) which has always been my go to for fossil echinoids. And I should have checked that against what the “MyFossil auto-fill” inserted. I’m going to compare the three: iDigBio, PaleoBioDB and the Ech Directory…

        • I’ve struggled a lot with taxonomy recently (mostly of mollusks) and have been checking all the databases I can. I think the Echinoid Directory likely has the most updated classification as it was generated by the experts working on echinoid taxonomy & evolution.

          • Certainly for many of us trying to keep up with the most current taxonomy is a challenge. Even amongst the professionals they are only as good as their own specialty. What I try and tell other collectors is that they shouldn’t get too hung up on having every order, class or family figured out. In fact just getting a fossil identified to genus is doing pretty good. Species level ID is really good but not always possible. But if you can get it identified to species then you are there. And when the species gets re-assigned to a new or different genera that is no big deal. Now that my catalog is a computerized data base it is super easy to find and replace names. I also always write labels in pencil….;)

            • Very good rules to live by! My specialty is in blastozoan echinoderms and I’ve been venturing into Cenozoic mollusk taxonomy and it gives me such a headache!