LookUp 1.0

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Finds and plots species attributes from a look-up table.

LookUp 1.0 finds a list of taxa and their stratigraphic attributes from a look up table.
Open a look-up table formatted as a tab-delimited ASCII TEXT file that contains the attribute data. Then enter a name to look-up, a list of names to simutaneously look-up or open a file containing a list of names to look-up. 

Lists copied from WellPlot may be automatically looked-up. Use the controls in the "Find a single species" dialog to select search criteria such as upper case, lower case, exact binomial match, match genus only or match species only. Several features aid in matching taxa with minor spelling differences. 

The look-up table must be organized into a file with at least two columns as follows: 
Name[tab]attribute data[return] 

1) The first column must contain names or id, multiple entries (rows) of the same name will be found. 
2) The remaining attribute data may have any format, i.e. it may (should) be multiple columns of data. 
3) Open a file containing a list of names to look-up; look-up a list on the clipboard or look for single taxa. 
The look-up list may be a list of names or ID numbers (the format must match exactly the format of the look-up table for exact matches). Use the search options for partial matches to names. 
4) Save results to a file (or copy to the clipboard): 

Data output is formatted as: 
Names[tab]attribute data[return] 

If the attribute data was formatted as muliple columns in the look-up table, it will be multiple cloumns in the output. 

Chart feature
Attribute data must be in the following order for the chart feature to function properly: 
Name[tab]BaseAge#[tab]BaseAgeName[tab]TopAge#[tab]TopAgeName[tab]additional attribute data¶ 
The last column of data may be displayed as text on the chart.  For example, if you want the author of the information displayed save it as the last column of the look-up table. 
Ranges are displayed as bars spanning from the LAD (top) age to the FAD (old) age.
Open circles indicate only a citation for the LAD (top) age. 
Filled circles indicate only a citation for the FAD (old) age. 

›Look-up a single species 
›Look-up a list of species from a text file 
›Look-up a list of species from the clipboard 
›Re-find the edited clipboard list 
›Re-find only the list of taxa not-found in the pervious search 
›Match case (Upper case, proper case, or as entered) 
›Match Whole name (entire taxa name) 
›Match Genus only (Genus name taken as left word or portion, e.g.  search for "Aln" to find Alnus and Alnipollenites) 
›Match species name (Species name= entire taxa name-genus name) 
›Strip Latin endings (compare species epithet without often confused latin endings) 
›Strip control characters (if Lookup table is from DOS, UNIX or mainframe platform) 
›Age scale for graphical comparison (Built-in: SEPM, 1995; Gradstein and Ogg, 1996) 
›Variable font and font size 
›Select from all available fonts 
›Home, end, page up, page down and arrow keys navigate through window contents. 

Strip Latin endings
This feature allows successful matching of similar epithets. Often confused latin endings are removed from both the search entries and the lookup table entries. 
Below is a list of 10 latin endings that are removed: 
-sis, -iae, -er, -um, -us, -is, -se, -ii, -i, -a 
For example the following epithets will match with Strip endings turned on: 
striatum, striata, striatus 
cooksoniae, cooksonii, cookson
africaense, africaensis (although not reduced to epithet stem, the match is successful). 


  • Finds species attributes from a look-up table.
  • Get look-up tables from databases such as Palynodata or from personal databases.
  • Look-up species lists from WellPlot 2.0 or copy information to the clipboard from WellPlot.



    Use DataReporter 2.0 or WellPlot 2.0 to create lists of names from spreadsheet data. 

    Industry or consultant price: $1000.
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    Academic (not for profit) price: $250 US Funds.

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