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TitleThe Lentin and Williams Index of fossil dinoflagellates
AuthorFensome, R A; Williams, G L; MacRae, R A
SourceAmerican Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists, Contribution Series 1998, 817 pages
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20160153
PublisherAmerican Association of Stratigraphic Palynologists Foundation
Mediaon-line; digital
File formatpdf
Subjectspaleontology; Nature and Environment; systematic paleontology; microfossils; taxonomy; nomenclature; Dinoflagella; plants
ProgramGEM2: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals, Baffin Petroleum Systems
AbstractThis 2016 edition of the Lentin and Williams Index (hereafter 'the Index') is being released in tandem with a new version of the DINOFLAJ database - DINOFLAJ3. In fact, it has been generated from the database, though the entries for the latter were formulated in the same way as entries for previous editions of the Index, the most recent of which was Fensome and Williams (2004). The main difference between the 2016 edition of the Index and previous editions is that solely a digital publication, both to follow the modern preference for digital material and for practical reasons, give that it is over 1000 pages long. The merit of having both DINOFLAJ3 and a digital formal publication is that the former (as well as providing additional information) offers a modern, flexible, easily accessible database that can be adapted for use in conjunction with other databases, while the latter enables formal nomenclatural changes to be proposed (see the sections dealing with nomenclature below) and a more conventional format for those who prefer that style. Throughout, as in previous editions of the Index, we follow the formal rules of nomenclature, as now contained in the International Code of Nomenclature for Algae, Fungi and Plants (ICN), previously known as the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature (ICBN) (see below).
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
Dinoflagellate cysts are a primary tool for evaluating the depositional and paleoenvironmental history of Canada's Mesozoic-Cenozoic sedimentary basins. Given that there are now over 600 generic names and approaching 4000 species, our ability to use these fossils effectively relies on an evaluation and cataloging of all these names. Since 1973 this has been achieved through the publication of what has come to be known as the Lentin and Williams Index of fossil dinoflagellates. The 2016 version is the ninth edition, and is for the first time generated through a database/website known as DINOFLAJ3, which will be released publically shortly following the publication of the 2016 Index. Both Index and DINOFLAJ3 contain all genera and species known to the authors as of July 2016, with evaluations of their nomenclatural validity and taxonomic status.