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On the Prehistoric wiki, we strive for accuracy in our information, and well put together pages. Our goal is to compile information on all extinct organisms; including recently extinct animals and plant. 'Living fossils' can be included. If images from an artist are used, be sure to credit them for their work. If an organism is extant, mention it in the article and use the 'Extant' category.

All pages should be:

  • Organised
  • Easy to read
  • An accurate compilation of information
  • Family friendly

All pages should not be/contain:

  • Pornography or erotica of any kind
  • Illegal material
  • Swearing or slurs of any kind
  • Offensive content of any kind (run the content by an admin before further actions)
  • Plagiarism/Copy and pasting information

General Article Making

These things should be included when making an article:

  1. Infobox (Must have if the page is about a genus, subgenus or species)
  2. References subheading
  3. Example headings (Description, Paleoecology, Notable Specimens, Classification, Vocalizations, Discovery...)
  4. See also subheading (If need be)
The infobox should be at the top of the page. If the references subheading contains a URL, link to the page. Be sure to include links where need-be in the article editor. The first sentence should be a general overview of an organism, state the: name, location and time era/period.


Flora (Plant Organisms)

Flora pages should be titled with their scientific names (Helianthus, known as a sunflower). The first sentence should consist of where it lived, the genus name, extinction status and time era. An Infobox should be included using the 'Plant' format. All references used should be kept under a paragraph titled 'References' using the Heading font style at the top of your edit bar. When listing species, you can use the cross symbol if they are extinct (†, not mandatory) with the initial of the scientific name, abbreviated to a capitol letter followed by a period. Then list all the species names. If there are too many species names, use spp.

H. annuus (not extinct, hence lack of cross)

†H. diffusus

H. spp.

Fauna (Animal Organisms)

Animal pages should be titled with their name. The first name is to be capitalized and the second name should be lower case font. An example of this is: Dilophosaurus wetherilli. The only time you should use an animals full scientific name is to list species names in an Infobox, or to directly mention it in the article. The first sentence should contain the: name, extinction status, location and era. One should use the Infobox assigned to the 'Animal' format. All references used should be kept under a paragraph titled 'References' using the heading font style at the top of your edit bar. When listing species you can use the cross symbol if they are extinct (†, not mandatory) with the initial of the scientific name, abbreviated to a capitol letter followed by a period. Then list all the species names. If there are too many species names, use spp.

†T. rex

†T. bataar?

†T. spp.

Categories

All organisms should be assigned a category. As an example, look at the categories on the page Tyrannosaurus and Beibeilong to get a good idea of the categories you should include.

All categories here: Special:Categories

Categories can include country, continent, era, state/city, formation, organism type (plant/animal), feeding style, classification, if they are aquatic, preferred habitat...

Doubted Genera

If genus are similar, and/or doubted, you may make a page on them. If their is minimal evidence a genus is doubted, include the category 'Possible Synonyms' or 'Nomen Dubium' include the presumed synonym in an Infobox, and you can use '?' behind it, if scientists are unsure of synonymy. The category 'Unnamed Organisms' is meant for organisms not yet named, or described by scientists. Animals like Troodon are now considered wastebasket taxon, use the category 'Wastebasket Taxon' on those pages. Junior synonyms like Ugrunaaluk or Torosaurus should be included in 'Nomen Dubium' and 'Junior Synonyms' rather than 'Possible Synonyms'.

What Shouldn't I Make?

A question that contributors ponder is; what pages shouldn't I make? Making pages on groups of organisms should be restricted. If you really want to add information about a clade, family or group, please edit the category page. If a page already exists on Smilodon, don't create a page named 'Saber-Toothed tiger', just add information to the preexisting article. One thing we do not want on this wiki are articles about extinct animals in the media. Please do not make pages about series, books, episodes. If you add information about, or make pages about characters. Don't make joke pages. It's not funny. If you make a page on 'Barney the Dinosaur', it will be deleted by admins. Just a heads up.

A Guide to Templates

Templates can tell a user what they can do to help an article, or what the article is about. Here is a list of all existing tags to add to an article in source mode. To add tags in source mode, use {{tag name}} to add them.

  • {{stub}} (if article is too short)
  • {{PNA}} (if article does not meet the standards of this wiki)
  • {{Plagiarism}} (if a page is plagiarized)
  • {{Extant}} (if the page is about an extant organism)
  • {{PNR}} (If the page lacks citations)
  • {{Subgenus}} (If the page is about a subgenus)
  • {{Species}} (If the page is about a species)
  • {{Science}} (If the page is about a topic related to science)
  • {{LackingReferences}} (If the page lacks proper referencing)
  • {{Reformat}} (if the article misuses special font types)

Media

Photos and videos are key to pages, but don't just add them willy-nilly, read our guide first! Images make pages easy to understand, make sure you upload images that follow our rules. Images should be about the creature in question, and the most accurate depiction of them you can find. Under the image please use the words 'Credit: ___' to credit an artist or photographer for their work.

Protocinctus mansillaensis-Rahman et Zamora 2009--paleoArt-Óscar Sanisidro--@VirtualPalaeo

Credit: Óscar Sanisidro

Videos should be used under a heading named 'Vocalizations', to describe the sound the organism makes. This only pertains if the organism makes sound, or a video exists of a recreated vocalization. Uploading an episode of Barney the Dinosaur isn't funny, it will be deleted, and you will be warned, or banned if you continue.

See the image to the right about Protocinctus, and how to properly site artists and photographers.

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