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Fossil Record A palaeontological open-access journal of the Museum für Naturkunde

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All articles published by Copernicus Publications have been licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License since 6 June 2017 (see details above) or under its former version 3.0 since 2007. Under these licences the authors retain the copyright. There is no need from the publisher's side to allow/confirm a reproduction. We suggest contacting the authors to inform them about the further usage of the material. In any case, the authors must be given credit.

Please note that the back issues of Fossil Record (all articles published prior to 1 January 2014) are not licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. For reproduction requests, please contact the former publisher, Wiley.
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