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Making the world a better place, one datapoint at a time.


The Earth-Life Consortium (ELC) seeks to make all paleobiological data easily discoverable, accessible, and analyzable, with the larger goal of understanding the interactions between the Earth's biological and geophysical systems across all timescales of the Earth's history. Initial efforts are focusing on building a common search interface for paleobiological and paleoecological data stored in the Paleobiology Database and Neotoma Paleoecology Database. Other researchers and organizations interested in joining the Earth-Life Consortium are encouraged to contact the PIs listed on this page.

Beta API Specifications GitHub Repository


A core mission of the Earth Life Consortium is the development of an application programming interface (API) which will simultaneously query the Paleobiology Database (PBDB) and the Neotoma Paleoecology database. Resulting subqueries to these databases are processed and reformatted by the ELC API to provide the end user with comparable data objects. The goal of this composite API is to bridge the differences in time resolution and nature of holdings between the databases. Click below to explore the API, select each endpoint for documentation and an interactive interface.

Explore the API (beta) Sandbox