There are special problems with constructing a database of Neogene planktonic foraminifera, since this fauna has not been systematically revised for a long time. This is in contrast to the Paleogene where working groups have produced definitive syntheses of taxonomy for the Paleocene (Olsson et al. 1999), Eocene (Pearson et al. 2006) and Oligocene (Wade et al. submitted). Additionally it should be noted that the revised taxonomy of the Oligocene will affect many Neogene taxa. Since the Neogene is being constructed from diverse sources, and is liable to be substantially revised, we have decided to develop it initially as a separate module from the rest of the Cenozoic, with a first working version going live in late 2016. The site will then be developed and reviewed through 2017. Late in 2017 we anticipate that the Oligocene Atlas will be published and content from it will then be incorporated into this website. We hope that at that stage the Neogene module will be sufficiently developed to allow it be merged into the main Cenozoic database.
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