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This will be your interactive application for Android and iOs!

You will be able to discover the world of fossils, get information on deposits, upload your own fossils for identification, and interact with other hobby paleontologists and professionals. You will benefit from science and science will benefit from you!

So what is this about?

The application is developed on base of two already existing apps and combine the advantages of both Rockd and Fossil Finder.

Development of the application is a complex process, but when entirely programmed, the application will allow you to upload fossils and their data (e.g., locality/GPS-data, measurements, preservation) and get identification by volunteering experts. Improvements will be continuously and in collaboration with the FAU’s Pattern Recognition Lab. This will allow to gradually move to automated identification of fossil specimens. Amateurs will enjoy fossil identification – FossilDiscovery will have an implementation of a reward-based system of expertise. The application will also allow the professional scientific community to use verified data to study (regional) biodiversity patterns – thus, FossilDiscovery will be true citizen science and will create a network of amateur and professional paleontologists.

Basic versions are already available for Android and iOs! There are continuous improvements – however, the developers appreciate your feedback! So if there is anything you’d like to tell us, please send us a message (✉ mail /or use our social media). By now you can search for information on fossils and stratigraphy and upload own images and drawings of the characteristic shapes of the most important fossil groups are available for comparison with their own findings.

FossilDiscovery developer team

Krause sq                       Cristina Krause, FAU
Michael Burger, Softmatch                  Michael Burger, Softmatch
                          Anna Merkel, FAU