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Zoological Record™ is the world’s oldest continuing database of animal biology. It is considered the world’s leading taxonomic reference, and with coverage back to 1864, has long acted as the world’s unofficial register of animal names. The broad scope of coverage ranges from biodiversity and the environment to taxonomy and veterinary sciences.
coverage from 1864 to present
In 1864, a group of scientists affiliated with the Zoological Society of London and the British Museum founded Zoological Record as a way to communicate amongst themselves. As others in the scientific community started to use this resource, its content was expanded and the Zoological Society of London assumed complete responsibility for its publication as of 1886.
In 1980, the Zoological Society and BioSciences Information Service of Biological Abstracts™ (BIOSIS™) joined forces to produce and publish Zoological Record, and today, BIOSIS (part of the Web of Science) is the sole publisher.
Over the years, Zoological Record has expanded and adapted to the needs of its users, and today is recognized as the leading and most comprehensive source for biodiversity, systematics, and zoological information.
As the oldest continuing bibliographic database in life sciences, Zoological Record offers a unique value: access to over 150 years of original descriptions of new animal species, as well as all subsequent nomenclature changes. Zoological Record covers the entire animal kingdom, including living and fossil species, making it the primary animal names repository. The full Zoological Record collection, both archival and current, provides all this valuable information in one place, digitized and re-indexed with modern terms and thoroughly searchable and linkable.