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Latest news and Circulars

  • Nov 25, 2022: [PDF]
  • Sabadell - compiling a list of relevant associated databases.
  • Sep 28, 2022: [PDF]
  • NOW anniversary meeting in Barcelona (Sabadell) is approaching.
  • Feb 18, 2022: [PDF]
  • NOW anniversary meeting will be on November 16-18, 2022 in Barcelona
  • Dec 06, 2021: [PDF]
  • Happy 25th birthday NOW!
  • Oct 12, 2021: [PDF]
  • Sad news arrived in September.
  • May 03, 2021: [PDF]
  • NOW happily resides at the Finnish Museum of Natural History. New dental traits of carnivores.
  • February 10, 2021: [PDF]
  • NOW Honorary Memberships anniversary ceremony on March 1st
  • January 15, 2021: [PDF]
  • NOW anniversary meeting is postponed to some time in 2022
  • October 25, 2020: [PDF]
  • NOW DOI is getting closer, Curation update
  • June 8, 2020: [PDF]
  • Data curators, Emeritus Board, Honorary Members
  • February 11, 2020: [PDF]
  • NOW is now accessible via
  • The NOW book is approved at Springer
  • Expansion of the NOW Advisory Board
  • Active revisions of small mammals are taking place
  • The NOW www-pages have been updated to manage HTML5 semantic elements like <header>, <footer>, <article>, and <section>.
  • November 7, 2019: A bit on how NOW works. [PDF]
  • November 6, 2019: Announcing NOW book. [PDF]
  • October 14, 2019: Indrė Žliobaitė replaces Mikael Fortelius as the General Coordinator of NOW. A new NOW body, the Emeritus Board has been set up. [PDF]
  • December 12, 2013: Lars van den Hoek Ostende as the Associate Coordinator. Steering Group for NOW has been set up. [PDF]
  • June 8, 2010: Initiating a concerted effort to come to grips with NOW synonyms. [PDF]
  • April 29, 2010: New Board listing on the NOW homepage. [PDF]
  • October 23, 2009: North American Advisory Board for NOW has been set up. New PHP-based interface launched. Sections for Australia as well as for South America. [PDF]
  • February 15, 2009: Data from the Tertiary Mammals of North America monographs into NOW. New suggestion for NOW - "New and Old Worlds". [PDF]
  • December 19, 2006: It’s ten years since the official launch of the NOW database as a public resource. [PDF]
  • June 3, 2002: NOW is available in the Biodiversity U.K. home page. NOW data are being used in analyses that are beginning to catch the attention of the evolutionary biology community. [PDF]
  • May 14, 1998: Next year it will probably be possible to access a recent version of the public set of NOW data with a common web browser (such as Netscape). [PDF]
  • October 15, 1997: Creation of an Advisory Board for NOW. A few words about the "data policy". [PDF]
  • September 15, 1995: The Evolutionary History of Western Eurasia: A Synthesis of Regional Faunas, Their Geochronology and Paleoenvironments, 15-5 m. y. a. -- The Schloss Reisensburg ´92 Database. [PDF]

New features & fixes to the NOW database

  • Time Unit names made editable
  • Time Unit calculations updated
  • DOI identifier created for the database
  • Data download as CSV implemented
  • Basin added to the user interface
  • Flash is removed from the user interface
  • Data: Several Time Units are updated
  • Data: 20+ Localities are merged
  • Data: 100+ Species names are updated or merged
  • Time Units are visible for all users
  • The references are visible for the Time Units
  • Data: The Spanish Time Units are updated
  • Data: The GCSS times are updated
  • Data: The Chinese regional time units are updated
  • The coordinators list has been updated
  • Data: The North American localities by Janis are changed as "general localities"
  • Data: Body mass data has been added to 1258 species
  • Data: South American data added from Croft, D.A., 2016. Horned armadillos and rafting monkeys: the fascinating fossil mammals of South America.
  • Added new taxonomical fields: Subclass or Superorder, Suborder or Superfamily
  • Fix: coordinate services in the data entry
  • Data: New MN units (Hilgen, 2012) are added to the time units
  • Data: 'Findout' taxa updated as 'indet.'
  • Added an error reporting button (contact) for Locality, Species and Reference
  • Added a FAQ page
  • Added “unworn” to mesowear categories
  • Added a list of metadata of the website, including the major contributors of the last few months
  • Added into the download file species that have no public locality (interesting because of traits)
  • Updated the NOW Advisoy Board listing
  • Fix: Trim all taxa before saving them in the database.


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