TimeScale Creator Datapacks

You can append the following regional datapacks to the extensive internal dataset within TimeScale Creator.  These have been developed in cooperation (and funding) from the listed institutions.

The following datapacks are standardized to the The Geologic Time Scale 2012 age model. They only work correctly with TSCreator version 6.1 and up.

Click the panels for more information and to download the datapacks.

NOTE:  When a datapack is appended to (or used to replace) the internal dataset in TimeScale Creator, then the “Save SVG” or “Save PDF” functions are disabled.  Only the TimeScale Creator PRO has this functionality, among other features.  See the PRO page for further information; plus other datapacks for regions.

 

Vertebrate Evolution

Download VertebrateEvolution_GTS2012_27Feb2013.dpk (encoded zip file, 5Mb, 50 columns, includes 350 profile images);
Table of contents and references at VertebrateEvolution_DatapackContents_9Jan13.pdf.
From earliest fish to primates (with an extended section on dinosaurs) acccompanied by schematic images and external links. In addition to branching evolution, one can turn on a more extensive suite of ranges of selected ancient groups. [NOTE: Evolution branching is best visualized using intervals greater than 60 myr and with a vertical scale of 0.5 or less.]

Evolution of Modern Life

Evolution of Modern Life

Download Datapack Timetree_of_life_Public_4Feb2013.txt (encoded text file, 3Mb, 3 main suites, 1200 organisms each);
Table of contents and references at Timetree_of_life_Contents_4Feb2013.pdf.
From Archea microbes to primates, spanning 4 billion years. View as super-tree, individual microbe/plant/animal trees, or as trees for specific types of life (ca. 50 groups). Based on molecular clocks and the fossil record (but only for extant life) from TimeTree of Life (Hedges, S.B., and Kumar, S., eds, Oxford Univ. Press, 2009). [NOTE: Evolution branching is best visualized using intervals greater than 60 myr and with a vertical scale of 0.5 or less.]

Human Evolution
Download Humanoids_wImages_17Mar11.dpk (encoded zip file, 0.5Mb, 5 columns, includes 20 images). Tool intervals, main Homo and Australopithecus ranges (ca. 5 Ma, includes images) and major events in Primate evolution (ca. 50 Ma). Pop-ups have detailed informtion and links. [Images courtesy of American Museum of History and Smithsonian, Mar2011.] [NOTE: Suggest beginning with 0.05 to 2 Ma with vertical scale of 8.]
Past 10,000 Years
Download Past1000yr.txt (text file, 0.4 Mb, Mar2011).
Table of contents and references at Past_10000_years_contents_Mar2011.pdf.
Global "human culture" intervals (ca. 200 columns), plus climate signal from Greenland ice cores. [NOTE: This datapack must be inserted using the "Replace Data with Datapack" command; the scale in kyr is not compatible with the internal dataset in myr. A vertical scale of 5 kyr/cm is recommended to see details.] [Provided courtesy of Colleen Klockow and Grace Conyers, Purdue University, Mar2011. We are looking for volunteers to enhance the regional sets.]
Marine Genera Ranges
Download MarineGeneraComposite_12Jan13.txt (text file, 1.2Mb, 500 columns);
Table of contents and references at MarineGenera_Contents_13Dec2012.pdf.
The 18,000 genera ranges through Phanerozoic are based on an update and expansion of the compendium by Jack Sepkoski that was published in 2002 (Bulletins of American Paleontology, v. 363; with revisions by Leif Tapanila, Idaho State Univ.).
Calcareous Nannofossils

Calcareous Nannofossils with images

Download Datapack CalcareousNannos_wImages.dpk (encoded zip file, 7Mb, 16 columns with ca. 450 images). In collaboration with Nannotax (http://nannotax.org/ ; compiled by Jeremy R. Young, Paul R. Bown, Jackie Lees at University College of London), nearly all of the calcareous nannofossil datums in the regular TSCreator internal datapack are enhanced in this "add datapack" with thumbnail images for event columns and full-size images in pop-ups.

Planktonic Foraminifer Evolution through the Paleocene-Eocene
Download Datapack PaleogeneForamsEvol_GTS2012_Public_10Jan13.dpk (encoded zip file, 7Mb, includes images of 200 taxa).
This compilation displays branching evolution with clickable nodes and option for "new branches to grow over dead ones" for space saving. Pop-ups include more images and links to the Chronos taxonomy. Data set and images are from C. Liu, R.K. Olsson, W.A. Berggren, P.N. Pearson, C. Hemleben, B.T. Huber, and L. Leon-Rodrigues (2009; poster given at NAMS, provided by C. Liu to TSCreator for general release). [NOTE: Select intervals within end-Maastrichtian through Eocene (68 to 33 million years). Due to images, this is best visualized using intervals greater than 20 myr and with a vertical scale of 2 or more.]
New Zealand
New Zealand biostratigraphy and Cenozoic lithostratigraphic transects with map interface and reconstructions.
Download datapack at NZ_GTS2012_PublicMappack_1Jan2013.map (encrypted zippack, 17 Mb, ca. 300 columns, includes built-in map interfaces and images).
Detailed Table of contents and references at NZ_Bio_Lith_datapack_contents_28Dec12.pdf.
This extensive compilaton of ca. 50 biostratigraphic columns (all major fossil groups for New Zealand), ca. 150 stratigraphic sections and offshore wells, 100 transect segments and reconstructions spanning onshore-offshore Cretaceous-Cenozoic basins (including 30 facies maps for Taranaki Basin) is provided in coordination with New Zealand's GNS Science, Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences). Many of the pollen-spores and nearly all formations (including hot-popups on transects) are linked to the GNS database and lexicon.
Australia
Australian biostratigraphy and basin lithostratigraphy with map interface and reconstructions.
Download database at Australia_PublicMappack_3Apr2014.mdpk (encrypted zippack, 15 Mb, ca. 500 columns, includes 125 reconstructions and facies maps).
Detailed Table of contents and references at Australia_DatapackContents_3Apr2014.pdf. Geoscience Australia has compiled the following: (1) Regional biostratigraphy (70 columns) with complete references, and (2) Detailed lithostratigraphy for all hydrocarbon-rich basins (including oil-gas levels with reference wells) (ca. 300 columns), and we added (3) Precambrian and other Phanerozoic basins (150 columns). Each lithology formation has pop-ups that include URL-links to the GA lexicon, the header for each Phanerozoic basin has links to location maps, and all oil-gas levels are linked to the GA well database. [NOTE: Contact Andrew Kelman <Andrew.Kelman@ga.gov.au> for a special Public "GA-TS_Creator" JAVA version (ca. 25 Mb) that has this Australian dataset and their extensive reconstruction images pre-installed with the full global suite.]
China
China biostratigraphy and lithostratigraphy with map interface and reconstructions.
Download database at China_GTS2012_2Jan13_PUBLIC_Mappack.map (encrypted zippack, 6Mb, 150 columns, includes 9 reconstructions).
Detailed Table of contents and references at China_DatapackContents_Dec12.pdf.
This extensive compilaton of 60 biostratigraphic columns (all major fossil groups for China), 80 stratigraphic sections and 9 facies maps was compiled in coordination with Geobiodiversity Database group; Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, China (2010).
Indian Plate
Indian Plate regional formations (Phanerozoic) with map interface.
Download database at IndianPlate_GTS2012_Mappack_2Dec12.map (encrypted zippack, 2Mb, ca. 90 columns).
Detailed Table of contents and references at IndianPlateContents_Dec12.pdf.
Stratigraphic nomenclature, calibration to international stages, and main generalized facies (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar) are mainly from "Mega-Charts" compiled by D.S.N. Raju and Ravi Misra (2009; Proterozoic and Phanerozoic Integrated Stratigraphy, ONGC Bulletin, v.44, no.2). Pakistan was contributed and enhanced by Dr. Nusrat Kamal Siddiqui (formerly with Pakistan Petroleum Ltd.).
Middle East and Libya
Middle East and Libya with map interface.
Download database at MidEast_GTS2012_PUBLIC_Mappack_2Dec12.map (encrypted zippack, 3Mb, ca. 25 columns).
Detailed Table of contents and references at MidEast_LithosContents_2Dec12.pdf.
Stratigraphic nomenclature, calibration to international stages, regional sequences and main generalized facies of Arabia-Iraq-Syria-Iran regions are mainly a conversion to GTS2012 age model from Middle East Geological Timescale 2008 by Al-Husseini, GeoArabia [Journal of Middle East Petroleum Geosciences] v 13, no. 4, with lithostratigraphy descriptions enhanced from regional lexicons and other publications. [This TSCreator datapack is a generalized version for regional comparisons.]
British Isles
British Isles regional formations with map interface.
Download database at BritishMappack_GTS2012_11Dec12.map (encrypted zippack, 3Mb, ca. 25 columns).
Detailed Table of contents and references at UK_lithostrat_contents_30Nov12.pdf.
Approximately two dozen sub-regions, with each formation linked to the BGS lexicon; compiled in coordination with British Geological Survey, BGS.
Belgium
Belgium regional formations with map interface.
Download database at Belgium_GTS2012_encrypted.map (encrypted mappack, 2Mb, 20 columns).
Detailed Table of contents and references at Belgium_LithostratContents_2Dec2012.pdf.
Compiled by Jane Block in coordination with Belgium Stratigraphic Commission (Noel Vandenberghe, Hance Luc, et al.).
USA-Alaska
USA-Alaska lithostratigraphy (selected coverage, with emphasis on basins with shale-hosted oil and gas) with map interface.
Download database at USA-Alaska_public_mappack_7Oct2013.mdpk (encrypted zippack, 7Mb, 150 columns).
Detailed Table of contents and references at USA-Alaska_Lithostratigraphy_Contents_7Oct2013.pdf.
Some columns are also duplicated in the Arctic and in the Gulf of Mexico datapacks. Lithostratigraphic columns (ca. 150 columns) recalibrated to GTS2012 from AAPG "Cosuna" charts (1982-84) and volumes of DNAG (1989) compilation. All formations are linked to the on-line lexicon and resource-webpages of the USGS. Additional columns will be progressively added during Autumn-Winter of 2013.
Arctic and Central Canada
Arctic to Central Canada biostratigraphy, lithostratigraphy and transect with map interface.
Download database at Arctic_to_Central_Canada_GTS2012 PUBLIC_Mappack.map (encrypted zippack, 7Mb, 120 columns).
Detailed Table of contents and references at Arctic_to_Central_Canada_Biostrat_Lithostrat_Contents.pdf.
Developed in coordination with the Geological Survey of Canada (Calgary branch). Scales of the main Arctic-region zonations (35 columns). Lithostratigraphic columns (ca. 350 columns) recalibrated from Arctic and Canada volumes of DNAG (1989) compilation, with all formations linked to the on-line lexicon of the Geological Survey of Canada. Arctic Island transect (6 segments) provided by Geol. Surv. Canada (2010), with formations linked to the lexicon .
Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico biostratigraphy and basin lithostratigraphy with map interface.
Download database at GulfMexico_Bio_Lith_GTS2012_PUBLIC_2Jan13.map (encrypted zippack, 2Mb, 120 columns).
Detailed Table of contents and references at Gulf_of_Mex_datapack_contents_2Jan13.pdf.
Scales of the main zonations, markers and sequences – SHELL Oligocene-Neogene (2008, courtesy of Mike Styzen), Fillon (2003), Cenozoic, MMS (2003) Callovian to Holocene, and PaleoData (Neogene-Late Cretaceous, v. 2011). Lithostratigraphic columns recalibrated from onshore, offshore and Mexican coast columns of DNAG (1989) Gulf of Mexico volume, with all USA formations linked to the on-line USGS lexicon.
Russia
Russian Phanerozoic Biostratigraphy
Download database at Russia_Phanerozoic_Biostratigraphy_ENCRYPTED_GTS2012_11Jan13.txt (encrypted datapack, 1Mb, ca. 600 columns).
Detailed Table of contents and references at Russian_Phan_Biostrat_columns_GTS2012.pdf. The 7000 entries include most biostratigraphic groups of all regions of Russia (based on the compilation charts by T. Koren' et al, 2006).
Siberian and Caspian Hydrocarbon Basins

Siberian and Caspian HydrocarbonBasins with map interface

Download datapack Siberian_Caspian_HydrocarbonBasins_Public_11Feb2013.map (encrypted zippack, 1Mb, 27 columns).
Detailed Table of contents and references at Siberia_Caspian_contents_11Feb2013.pdf.
Conversions of regional USGS reports (lithologic columns; hydrocarbon systems) to GTS2012 age model.

Alaska Oil Basins

Alaska - OilBasins and Arctic Lithostratigraphy with map interface.
Download database at  Arctic Sea, Alaska Hydrocarbon Basins(encrypted zippack, 2Mb, 12 columns).
Detailed Table of contents and references at AlaskaContents_20Dec12.pdf

Neogene benthic oxygen-18 composite

Neogene benthic oxygen-18 composite

(text file, 170 kb of 13,000 lines, 4 columns]. Benthic Oxygen-18 composite and Marine isotope stages (MIS) of past 25 myr, provided by Isabella Raffi et al. (as published in Quat. Sci. Rev., 25: 3113-317, 2006).
Download Legend_to_colors_of_curves.pdf (PDF, 60kb) with a complete listing of the major columns with their main references.
[NOTE: This file is high-resolution, and viewing with at least 10 cm/myr is needed to see the detailed MIS labels.]

Milankovitch cycles for Earth Paleoclimates: Insolation (100 Ma) and Eccentricity-Precession-Obliquity (250 Ma)

Milankovitch cycles for Earth Paleoclimates: Insolation (100 Ma) and Eccentricity-Precession-Obliquity (250 Ma)

(text file, 4.8 Mb, Mar2011) based on calculations by Jacques Laskar (2004; plus revised eccentricity 2010a) (www.imcce.fr/Equipes/ASD/insola/earth/earth.html) as provided by Linda Hinnov. These curves of eccentricity, obliquity and precession indicate the variations in solar radiation; of which Pleistocene ice ages are the most dramatic results.
[NOTE: Detailed cycles for past 3 myr are already in TSCreator internal dataset.]

 

 

The following datapacks are standardized to the Geologic Time Scale 2004 and to the Concise Geologic Time Scale 2008 age models. They only work correctly with TSCreator version 5.4.

Click the panels for more information and to download the datapacks.

1. British Isles

British Isles regional formations

(text file, 1.2 Mb, Dec2008; provided in coordination with British Geological Survey, BGS).  Approximately two dozen sub-regions, with each formation linked to the BGS lexicon.
In addition, download UK_lithostrat_contents_Dec08.pdf (PDF, 72 kb) with a complete listing of the major columns with their main references.

Try our MapPack version of British geo-history -- see first page of What's New in 4.3

2. Australia

Australian biostratigraphy and basin lithostratigraphy with image sets

( Zip’d folder, 6 Mb, with text file of 500 columns (9500 data lines), plus image sets of 125 tectonic reconstructions and facies maps; April 2010).  Unzip the folder “Australia_strat_wReconstructions”; then from the File-Datapack command in TS-Creator, open this folder to load the data of “Australia_biostrat_and_basins_28Apr10.txt”, which will call images automatically.
Geoscience Australia has compiled the following:
(1) Regional biostratigraphy with complete references, and
(2) detailed lithostratigraphy for major offshore hydrocarbon-rich basins (including oil-gas levels with reference wells) for NW Australia (Bonaparte, Browse, Canning, North Carnavon basins) and S/SE Australia (Blight region and Otway basin).  Each lithology formation has pop-ups that include URL-links to the GA lexicon, and the header for each Phanerozoic basin has links to location maps. [NOTE: Contact Andrew Kelman for a special Public "GA-TS_Creator" JAVA version (ca. 15 Mb) that has this Australian dataset and their extensive reconstruction images pre-installed with the full global suite.]

Try our MapPack version of the Australian geo-history

In addition, we have included lithostratigraphy for all other Australian regions, generalized Phanerozoic facies maps, and a compilation for the Precambrian basins.
Download Aust_Bio_Lith_datapack_contents_Apr10.pdf (PDF, 172 kb) with a complete listing of the major columns with their main references.

3. New Zealand

New Zealand biostratigraphy with reconstructions

(Zip’d folder, 0.7Mb, with text file of 200 columns (18,000 data lines), plus Cenozoic reconstruction images; Dec 2009;; provided in coordination with New Zealand’s GNS Science, Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences).  Unzip the folder “NewZealand_biostr_and_reconst_Dec09.zip”; then from the File-Datapack command in TS-Creator, open this folder to load the data of “NewZealand_biostr_and_reconst_Dec09.txt”, which will call images automatically.
Charts for all major fossil groups of New Zealand.  Many of the pollen-spores are linked to the GNS database. Extensive sets of Taranaki Basin and other NZ transects (as listed on the contents PDF) are coming when GNS has completed their internal review for accuracy.
In addition, download NZ_Bio_Lith_datapack_contents_Dec09.pdf (PDF, 100 kb) with a complete listing of the major columns with their main references.

4. Indian Plate

Indian Plate regional formations (Phanerozoic)

(encrypted text file; 90 columns; ca. 4200 entries; 1.2 Mb; 6Feb2012) Stratigraphic nomenclature, calibration to international stages, and main generalized facies (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar) are mainly from "Mega-Charts" compiled by D.S.N. Raju and Ravi Misra (2009; Proterozoic and Phanerozoic Integrated Stratigraphy, ONGC Bulletin, v.44, no.2). Pakistan was contributed and enhanced by Dr. Nusrat Kamal Siddiqui (formerly with Pakistan Petroleum Ltd.) 
In addition, download IndianPlateContents_6Feb12.pdf (PDF, 50kb) with a complete listing of the major columns.

Try our MapPack version of the Indian Plate geo-history

5. China

China biostratigraphy and lithostratigraphy

( Zip'd folder, 4 Mb, with text file of 180 columns (5000 data lines), plus image sets of 9 facies maps; Jan 2012). Unzip the folder "China_BioLith_wFaciesMaps_encrypted"; then from the File-Datapack command in TS-Creator, open this folder to load the data of "ChinaBioLithoStrat_encrypted_15Jan12.txt", which will call images automatically. The bulk of this suite was compiled in conjunction with the Geobiodiversity Database group; Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, China (2010).
In addition, download China_DatapackContents.pdf (PDF, 100kb) with a complete listing of the major columns with their main references.

Try our MapPack version of China geo-history

6. Neogene benthic oxygen-18 composite

Neogene benthic oxygen-18 composite

(text file, 170 kb of 13,000 lines, 4 columns]. Benthic Oxygen-18 composite and Marine isotope stages (MIS) of past 25 myr, provided by Isabella Raffi et al. (as published in Quat. Sci. Rev., 25: 3113-317, 2006).
Download Legend_to_colors_of_curves.pdf (PDF, 60kb) with a complete listing of the major columns with their main references.
[NOTE: This file is high-resolution, and viewing with at least 10 cm/myr is needed to see the detailed MIS labels.]

7. Past 10,000 years – Greenland ice core and “human culture” compilation

Past 10,000 years – Greenland ice core and “human culture” compilation

(text file, 0.4 Mb, Mar2011; provided courtesy of Colleen Klockow and Grace Conyers, Purdue University). [We are looking for volunteers to enhance the regional sets.] 
In addition, download Past_10000_years_contents_Mar2011.pdf (PDF, 60kb) with a complete listing of the major columns with their main references.
NOTE: This datapack must be inserted using the “Replace Data with Datapack” command; the scale in kyr is not compatible with the internal dataset in myr. A vertical scale of 5kyr/cm is recommended to see details.

8. Human Evolution

Human Evolution

Tool intervals, main Homo and Australopithecus ranges (ca. 5 Ma) and major events in Primate evolution (ca. 50 Ma). Unzip the folder “Humanoid with images.zip”; then from the File-Datapack command in TS-Creator, open this folder to load the data of “Humanoids_wImages_17Mar11.txt”, which will call images automatically. Suggest beginning with 0.05 to 2 Ma with vertical scale of 8. Pop-ups have detailed informtion.

9. Milankovitch cycles for Earth Paleoclimates: Insolation (100 Ma) and Eccentricity-Precession-Obliquity (250 Ma)

Milankovitch cycles for Earth Paleoclimates: Insolation (100 Ma) and Eccentricity-Precession-Obliquity (250 Ma)

(text file, 4.8 Mb, Mar2011) based on calculations by Jacques Laskar (2004; plus revised eccentricity 2010a) (www.imcce.fr/Equipes/ASD/insola/earth/earth.html) as provided by Linda Hinnov. These curves of eccentricity, obliquity and precession indicate the variations in solar radiation; of which Pleistocene ice ages are the most dramatic results.
[NOTE: Detailed cycles for past 3 myr are already in TSCreator internal dataset.]

10. Middle East with Libya
11. Penns_outcrop_negative.txt; and Mid-Carb_GSSP.tsc

Penns_outcrop_negative.txt; and Mid-Carb_GSSP.tsc

Two files to demonstrate how to use TimeScale Creator to make graphics of outcrops (meter-scale).  First, use the “Replace Data with Datapack” option under FILE menu.  Second, LOAD the Mid-Carb_GSSP.tsc from the SETTINGS menu (bottom buttons).  Then Generate, to see a portion of the global boundary stratotype in Arrow Canyon, Nevada with lithologies, ranges of major taxa, etc. (based on initial publication in Episodes, 1999)

12. Planktonic Foraminifer Evolution through the Paleocene-Eocene

Planktonic Foraminifer Evolution through the Paleocene-Eocene

(zip file, 6.7 Mb, May 2012) This zip file incorporates our latest TSCreator column to display branching evolution with clickable nodes and option for “new branches to grow over dead ones” for space saving.  Download the .zip file, and either add the .zip directly into TSCreator or, if it de-compresses upon download, then add the internal file “default_data.txt”.  Select a range sometime between 33 to 66 million years.  Pop-ups include more images and links to the Chronos taxonomy.  The data set and images are from C. Liu, R.K. Olsson, W.A. Berggren, P.N. Pearson, C. Hemleben, B.T. Huber, and L. Leon-Rodrigues (2009; poster given at NAMS, provided by C. Liu to TSCreator for general release).