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Post by schnautzr on Fri Apr 30, 2010 4:44 pm

To download the latest copy of the Great Checklist, right-click the link below and save it.

DO NOT left-click it. This may cause you to inadvertently download an old copy. I know it doesn't make sense, but just trust me.

Right-click and save to download the Great Checklist
(NOTE: If your computer tries to save it with a .ZIP extenstion, change the filename to end in .XLSB instead. I'm not sure why this happens on some computers.)

If you don't have Excel 2007 or later installed, you'll need to have Excel Viewer 2007 installed:



If you have troubles, a PDF copy is also available. WARNING: The PDF file is very large and may take some time to download. Again, please right-click and save as left-clicking may cause you to inadvertently download an older copy. If you don't have a copy of Adobe Acrobat, you'll need Adobe Reader to view the file:



If you like, you may read the documentation as well. It explains everything you want to know about the file.




What the Great Checklist is:
Awhile back, I began making a list of dinosaurs I had added to the Prehistoria Sporecast Collection. Then I was challenged to come up with a list of all the dinosaurs that hadn't been done yet. So I began creating a list. It was huge, with thousands of dinosaur species.

That list was very long and difficult to navigate. Someone suggested I separate the theropods, sauropods, etc. At first, I resisted, since the text file format didn't lend itself well to that. I started adding non-dinosaurs to the list, which created an even bigger demand for the separation. One thing led to another, and now there's a binary Excel spreadsheet being updated several times a week with details including the class, order, family, and period of each species.

I'll try to keep you guys updated as to when I've uploaded a new copy, as well as what's new in that copy.


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Post by schnautzr on Fri May 28, 2010 5:15 am

# master.pdf, 2.93 MB: saved.
# master.xlsb, 247.92 KB: saved.

What's new?
5.99 new KB of new rats and mice, and the checklist is up-to-date through Feb 18. Various newly discovered species have been added and need checked off.
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Post by schnautzr on Sat Jul 10, 2010 7:14 am

# master.pdf, 950.77 KB: saved.
# master.xlsb, 254.89 KB: saved.

What's new?
7.97 KB of squirrels and a few newly discovered hominids/dinosaurs.
PDF version reduced to 43% zoom, reducing its file size by about 60%.
The checklist is up-to-date through Mar 26.
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Post by schnautzr on Wed Aug 11, 2010 5:13 am

# master.pdf, 1.60 MB: saved.
# master.xlsb, 257.62 KB: saved.

What's new?
.67 MB of squirrels and a few newly discovered dinosaurs and other paleozoans.
The checklist is up-to-date through April 30.
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Post by Zillamaster55 on Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:13 pm

Question: What is this?
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Post by Zillamaster55 on Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:14 pm

WAIT!: Take that back
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Post by Zillamaster55 on Tue Aug 24, 2010 2:16 pm

Holy $#!7. Pardon my triple post and french.

This is MASSIVE! I congratulate you a million percent for putting such hard work into this. Mind if I share it with a friend? We are working on a fan game sorta thing, and we need this list SO bad!

And what are the colors? and the !, X and checkmarks?
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Post by schnautzr on Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:49 am

Hey, thanks! It's definitely taken a lot of time to enter (and gather) data, and it's nowhere near completion, although I think the meat of it (dinosaurs) is relatively complete, so I haven't worked on it much lately.

I update it while sporecasting (that's what the checkmarks are).

A green checkmark means someone's made one and it's been sporecasted.
A yellow exclamation point means the genus has been represented, but not the indicated species.
A red ex means no one's tackled it yet (or if they have, I just haven't gotten around to sporecasting it yet).

Yes, you may use the list for your game, so long as you link to this post. The content is primarily generated from PaleoDB, with Wikipedia as a backup second source. I also keep an eye on Yahoo! News, which lets me know when major news sites like LiveScience, Daily Science, or Red Orbit (as well as several smaller sites like Laelaps) have articles on newly described species.

EDIT: Oh, the colored squares with dots indicate which periods the creatures lived in. For example, T is Triassic, J is Jurassic, and K is Cretaceous (from the German version-- Kreide). You'll find I matched the colors with the [[Geologic time scale]] on Wikipedia.
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Post by schnautzr on Thu Aug 26, 2010 1:38 pm

I am not uploading the latest copy yet, but I just thought I'd announce that I'm finally DONE with the rodents I've been working on now for what seems like forever! Moving on to sabretooths... Very Happy
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Post by schnautzr on Thu Sep 02, 2010 4:26 am

master.xlsb, 259.74 KB: saved.
master.pdf, 1.45 MB: saved.

What's new:
Lots more rodents (mostly squirrels). Also some recently discovered dinosaurs, including the new ceratopsians.

What's coming:
Sabretoothed cats and other lauriasatherians.
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Post by schnautzr on Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:13 pm

# master.xlsb, 261.18 KB: saved.
# master.pdf, 1.03 MB: saved.

What's new:
Not much. A few new species. Hundreds of taxonomies checked and corrected. PDF compacted to reduce unnecessary pagination and size.

5 July 2010 is next in queue for sporecasting.
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Post by schnautzr on Sat Nov 06, 2010 7:04 am

# master.xlsb, 267 KB (273,463 bytes)
# master.pdf 1.02 MB (1,077,040 bytes)

What's new:
Again, not much. Files were uploaded via FTP this time (I've not tried this before), so if you have difficulties with it, let me know. Added several new species that made the news recently.

Sporecasts are caught up through mid-late July. Unfortunately, due to an irreversible glitch in my browser, sporecasting will cease for now, likely until sometime next year.
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Post by schnautzr on Tue Nov 23, 2010 6:56 am

# master.xlsb, 262 KB (268,515 bytes)
# master.pdf, 1.02 MB (1,072,462 bytes)

What's new:
A red panda that made recent news. Removed a couple duplicate entries. Been busy with school, so I haven't had time to do much this month.

Sporecasting is still in a stalemate as I await the next release of Brief, which should occur soon.
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Post by schnautzr on Wed Jan 26, 2011 10:56 am

# master.xlsb, 280 KB (286,967 bytes)
# master.pdf, 1.18 MB (1,241,955 bytes)

What's new:
Several carnivorous mammals, including red pandas, sabertooths, and several caniformes.

You'll notice the checklist has had a makeover as the year begins. The first few pages of it contain the old documentation which I will eventually update (the stuff highlighted in light pink no longer applies for one reason or another).

If you're using the binary spreadsheet version, you'll need to click the blue tab at the bottom in order to switch to the checklist, since the documentation is displayed by default.

Sporecasting remains stalemated.
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Post by schnautzr on Tue Mar 29, 2011 2:02 pm

master.xlsb, 399.62 KB: saved.
master.pdf, 1.12 MB: saved.

What's new:
Not a whole lot. I've begun using Microsoft Access to actually manage the checklist, which I'm then exporting to Excel and converting to binary Excel and then to PDF, so if there are any strange glitches, let me know! I'm not sure why the size of the binary spreadsheet file increased by 133%, however, since I eliminated duplicates and didn't add much.

Sporecasting is up-to-date through the end of 8 September 2010. For the first time since November, sporecasting continues!

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Post by schnautzr on Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:16 pm

master.xlsb, 407.59 KB: saved
master.pdf, 886.27 KB: saved

What's new:
Several weasels, otters, et cetera.

What's next:
Seals and bears.

Changes:
Neogene apparently doesn't include Quaternary anymore. Therefore, all species that included Neogene in their fossil range have had their fossil ranges blanked. These will be updated as the species get sporecasted, if they do at all.

Also, note that there's a new Quaternary sporecast in Prehistoria featuring modern animals. This sporecast is still under construction, and the main Prehistoria sporecast hasn't been synched with it yet.
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Post by schnautzr on Tue May 10, 2011 2:48 pm

master.xlsb, 402.83 KB: saved.
master.pdf, 1.01 MB: saved.

Not much new stuff this time; been pretty busy finishing up classes and securing a job.

What's next: Seals and wolves.
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