Online Databases

The following are a list of links to useful databases for the study of biodiversity in  ecology and/or anthropology.

Please be sure to cite the sources of these databases whenever the data is used.

Biological Anthropology Data:

Australopithecus database

MURR Archaeometry Laboratory database

Human fossil teeth database

The William W. Howells Craniometric data set

Cranial Nonmetric Traits Database

All the World’s Primates

NOW Database of Fossil Mammals

A.P.E.S. Portal

Mammal Ecology Data:

Life history characteristics of placental non-volant mammals

Primate life history data

AnAge Database of Animal Ageing and Longevity

PanTHERIA species-level database of life history, ecology, and geography of extant and recently extinct mammals (

YouTHERIA interactive web portal containing data on the life history, ecology. taxonomy and geography of mammals

Vertebrate Data:

EltonTraits 1.0: species-level foraging attributes of birds and mammals (

Amniote Life History Database of birds, mammals, and reptiles (

Plant Data:

TraitNet index of plant trait databases


TRY Plant Trait Database

CLO-PLA – Database of clonal growth in plants

Global Plant Trait Network (GLOPNET)

Jepson Flora Project


BiolFlor – Database on vascular plants in Germany

Botanical Information and Ecology Network (BIEN)

“Invasive” Species:

Global Invasive Species Database

Island Biodiversity and Invasive Species Database

Database of Island Invasive Species Eradications

Other Data Repositories:


DataONE Data Observation Network for Earth

The Long Term Ecological Research Network (LTER)


Tree of Life One Zoom

TreeBASE – a Database of Phylogenetic Knowledge

Map of Life Convergent Evolution


All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI)


IUCN Red List Spatial Data

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

U.S. Government’s Open Data

Climate Data:

IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library

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