The Python OpportunityFinder® algorithm from Infoscience Technologies can now automatically detect fossil names and their associated Lithostratigraphic Units and Geological Ages without a prior list of names.
This can be useful because it is not always possible to predefine all the names and variations you are likely to come across in text. Furthermore, the way names are used in text can differ from reference lists of names. This can support industry and academia needs.
Mining Palaeontological data from large amounts of text has led to new scientific discoveries Peters et al (2014) .