online resource for fossil animals, plants, and microorganisms

Fossilworks is a database for fossils (palaeontology). Its website which allows users to search and download information from its database. The content has been put together by paleontologists around the world.

Available inEnglish
Created byJohn Alroy
Launched1998; 24 years ago (1998)

The website was created in 1998 by John Alroy and is housed at Macquarie University, in New South Wales, Australia.

As of September 2021 the database houses:[1]

  • 72,851 references
  • 423,885 taxa
  • 211,094 fossil collections
  • 1,477,100 taxonomic occurrences


  1. "Fossilworks: Gateway to the Paleobiology Database". 7 September 2021. Archived from the original on 31 July 2014. Retrieved 7 September 2021.

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