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Micropaleontology

Principles and Applications

  • Pratul Kumar Saraswati
  • M.S. Srinivasan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Principles

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Pratul Kumar Saraswati, M. S. Srinivasan
      Pages 3-17
    3. Pratul Kumar Saraswati, M. S. Srinivasan
      Pages 19-33
    4. Pratul Kumar Saraswati, M. S. Srinivasan
      Pages 35-51
    5. Pratul Kumar Saraswati, M. S. Srinivasan
      Pages 53-65
    6. Pratul Kumar Saraswati, M. S. Srinivasan
      Pages 67-77
  3. An Overview of Microfossils

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Pratul Kumar Saraswati, M. S. Srinivasan
      Pages 81-119
    3. Pratul Kumar Saraswati, M. S. Srinivasan
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    4. Pratul Kumar Saraswati, M. S. Srinivasan
      Pages 133-138
    5. Pratul Kumar Saraswati, M. S. Srinivasan
      Pages 139-154
  4. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Pratul Kumar Saraswati, M. S. Srinivasan
      Pages 157-169
    3. Pratul Kumar Saraswati, M. S. Srinivasan
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    4. Pratul Kumar Saraswati, M. S. Srinivasan
      Pages 193-201
    5. Pratul Kumar Saraswati, M. S. Srinivasan
      Pages 203-218
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 219-224

About this book

Introduction

This book will help readers learn the basic skills needed to study microfossils especially those without a formal background in paleontology. It details key principles, explains how to identify different groups of microfossils, and provides insight into their potential applications in solving geologic problems. Basic principles are addressed with examples that explore the strengths and limitations of microfossils and their geological records. This overview provides an understanding of taphonomy and quality of the fossil records, biomineralization and biogeochemistry, taxonomy, concepts of species, and basic concepts of ecology. Readers learn about the major groups of microfossils, including their morphology, ecology, and geologic history.

Coverage includes: foraminifera, ostracoda, coccolithophores, pteropods, radiolaria, diatoms, silicoflagellates, conodonts, dinoflagellates, acritarch, and spores and pollens. In this coverage, marine microfossils, and particularly foraminifera, are discussed in more detail compared with the other groups as they continue to play a major role in most scientific investigations. Among the various tracers of earth history, microfossils provide the most diverse kinds of information to earth scientists. This richly illustrated volume will help students and professionals understand microfossils, and provide insight on how to work with them to better understand evolution of life, and age and the paleoenvironment of sedimentary strata.

Keywords

Micropaleontology Paleoceanography Paleoenvironment Paleontology Petroleum exploration Taphonomy

Authors and affiliations

  • Pratul Kumar Saraswati
    • 1
  • M.S. Srinivasan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Earth Sciences IIT BombayIndian Institute of Technology BombayPowai MumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of GeologyBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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