This app enables you to upload your own fossil photos for taxonomic identification. You can take pictures of the specimens from inside that or choose them from your photo library. Once the photo is upload a professional Paleontologists will identify the specimen taxonomically and the new identification will be displayed in the application. You can choose to make it available to the wider Community by making it "public", then it will display in the Feed screen of the app.

The new version (1.0) of the Digital Atlas Identify App is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation to principal investigators Dr. Bruce S. Lieberman (University of Kansas), Dr. Jonathan Hendricks (Paleontological Research Institution), Dr. Laurie Anderson (South Dakota School of Mines & Technology), Dr. Susan Butts (Yale University), Dr. Talia Karim (University of Colorado), Dr. Neil Landman (American Museum of Natural History), Dr. Rowan Martindale (University of Texas), Dr. Cori Myers (University of New Mexico), and Dr. Laura Wilson (Fort Hays State University). The grant is titled: "The Cretaceous World TCN: Digitizing Fossils to Reconstruct Evolving Ecosystems in the Western Interior Seaway" (TCN stands for Thematic Collections Network).

Version 1.0 of the app was supported by a grant to Dr. Bruce S. Lieberman (University of Kansas), Dr. Alycia Stigall (Ohio University), and Dr. Jonathan Hendricks (San Jose State University) entitled, "Digitizing Fossils to Enable New Syntheses in Biogeography - Creating a PALEONICHES-TCN

This project is related to a broader natural history specimen digitization effort supported by the National Resource for Advancing Digitization of Biodiversity Collections (ADBC) called Integrated Digitized Biocollections, or iDigBio.

The main portal page for the Digital Atlas of Ancient Life project can be accessed at For additional information about the project, please see the recently published open-access paper by Hendricks, Stigall, and Lieberman (2015) in Palaeontologia Electronica. The individual websites can be accessed at: Ordovician Atlas, Pennsylvanian Atlas, and Neogene Atlas, and Cretaceous Atlas

Funding for development and construction of this app was provided by the National Science Foundation (EF-1206757, EF-1206769, EF-1206750, and DBI-1602067, DBI-1601878, DBI-1645520, DBI-1601729, DBI-1601884, DBI-1601994, DBI-1602101.

What’s New

Version 1.1.6

Bug fix that prevented sign up when screen was zoomed.

Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Cngodles ,

Great idea, execution getting there

Love the idea of the app. Could be improved a little:

- Register within the app (Not a website)
- Set a location for uploads if none attached.
- Add notes for uploads.
- More Filters for the feed.
- Feed Map

I uploaded a few specimens, but with no context of what sort of geological strata it comes from, identification can be tough. Being able to set this, pass some notes, or even set a known geological formation would help serve the identifiers.

Two of four identifications were wrong. One was something only from 400MYA and the other didn’t exist yet. So the data provided by experts within this app should not be taken with high accuracy. This is not entirely the fault of the people identifying, but I’m surprised such specific IDs were given without the proper scientific data available.

Also, native iPhone 11 Pro photos with the latest Public OS did not seem to pass geotagging/location information along.

Lizzielake ,

What Terms of Service? Where?

A great concept for an app! One detail is missing: We are asked to agree to terms of service when signing up, but what are they? There is no link.

Squashtheman69 ,

Worth the wait

I had tried for a long time to no avail to research my submission. Review took a couple weeks but my specimen was identified at the next update. I could not be happier! What a great idea and service. Thank you!

App Privacy

The developer, Rodney C Spears, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

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