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A standard protocol for documenting modern and fossil ichnological data

Falkingham, PL, Bates, KT, Avanzini, M, Bennett, M, Bordy, E, Breithaupt, BH, Castanera, D, Citton, P, Díaz-Martinez, I, Farlow, JO, Fiorillo, AR, Gatesy, SM, Getty, P, Hatala, KG, Hornung, JJ, Hyatt, JA, Lallensack, JN, Martin, AJ, Marty, D, Matthews, NA , Meyer, CA, Milán, J, Minter, NJ, Razzolini, NL, Romilio, A, Salisbury, SW, Sciscio, L, Tanaka, I, Wiseman, ALA, Xing, LD and Belvedere, M A standard protocol for documenting modern and fossil ichnological data. Palaeontology. ISSN 0031-0239 (Accepted)

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Abstract

The collection and dissemination of vertebrate ichnological data is struggling to keep up with techniques that are becoming common place in the wider palaeontological field. A standard protocol is required in order to ensure that data is recorded, presented, and archived in a manner that will be useful both to contemporary researchers, and to future generations. Primarily, our aim is to make the 3D capture of ichnological data standard practice, and to provide guidance on how such 3D data can be communicated effectively (both via the literature and other means), and archived openly and in perpetuity. We recommend capture of 3D data, and the presentation of said data in the form of photographs, false-colour images, and interpretive drawings. Raw data (3D models of traces) should always be provided in a form usable by other researchers, i.e. in an open format. If adopted by the field as a whole, the result will be a more robust and uniform literature, supplemented by unparalleled availability of datasets for future workers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 0403 Geology, 0602 Ecology, 0603 Evolutionary Biology
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: Wiley
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2018 11:44
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2018 13:30
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8586

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