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Evolution and Geological Significance of Larger Benthic Foraminifera

Series: Developments in Palaeontology and Stratigraphy Volume: 21

By: Marcelle K BouDagher-Fadel

540 pages, B/w illus, charts

Elsevier

Hardback | Sep 2008 | #176793 | ISBN-13: 9780444529565
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The overall aim of the book is to collect and add to the information published already on the larger benthic foraminifera and in cases their associated algae. Many decades of research in the Far East, to some extent in the Middle East and Americas has lead to numerous articles with confused systematics. Therefore, with the aid of new and precise age dates, from calcareous nannofossils and Sr isotopes, the current schemes of the larger foraminifera in a relatively precise chronostratigraphic and sequence stratigraphic framework are revised.

This is achieved by: establishing the systematic and occurrences of larger foraminifera from carbonate rocks in successions covering the Carboniferous to Miocene, with careful taxonomic comparison with the known records in the different bioprovinces; illustrating fossils of different families and groups at generic levels; and, illustrations of important species and comparing distributions of different taxa. The inventory of larger benthic foraminifera focuses on the main important groups and the illustration of their genera. Reviews of the global state of the art of each group are complemented with the new data, and the direct palaeobiogeographic relevance of the new data is analyzed.

This is a unique, comprehensive reference work on the larger foraminifera. It is a documentation of the biostratigraphic ranges and palaeoecological significance of larger foraminifera which is essential for understanding many major oil-bearing sedimentary basins. It offers the palaeogeographic interpretations of the shallow marine late Palaeozoic to Cenozoic world.


Contents

1. Biology and history of larger benthic foraminiferaHistory and biological classification of foraminiferaEcology of the living larger foraminiferaPalaeontological and evolutionary history of the larger foraminiferaTaxanomic features used in larger foraminiferal classificationBiostratigraphic distribution over time of larger foaminiferaGeneral factors effecting the evolution of marine species in the mid to late Phanerozic2. The Palaeozoic larger benthic foraminifera: The Carboniferous and PermianMorphology and taxonomy of Palaeozoic larger benthic foraminiferaBiostratigraphy and phylogenetic evolutionPalaeoecology of the fusulinidsPalaeogeographic distribution of the fusulinids3. The Mesozoic larger benthic foraminifera: the TriassicMorphology and taxonomy of Triassic larger benthic foraminiferaBiostratigraphy and phylogenetic evolutionPalaeoecology of Triassic foraminiferaPalaeogeographic distribution of Triassic foraminifera4. The Mesozoic larger benthic foraminifera: the JurassicMorphology and taxonomy of Jurassic larger benthic foraminiferaBiostratigraphy and phylogenetic evolutionPalaeoecology of Jurassic foraminiferaPalaeogeographic distribution of Jurassic foraminifera5. The Mesozoic larger benthic foraminifera: the CretaceousMorphology and taxonomy of Cretaceous larger benthic foraminiferaBiostratigraphy and phylogenetic evolutionPalaeoecology of Cretaceous foraminiferaPalaeogeographic distribution of Cretaceous foraminifera6. The Palaeogene larger benthic foraminiferaMorphology and taxonomy of Palaeogene larger benthic foraminiferaBiostratigraphy and phylogenetic evolutionPalaeoecology of Palaeogene foraminiferaPalaeogeographic distribution of Palaeogene foraminifera7. The Neogene larger benthic foraminiferaMorphology and taxonomy Neogene larger benthic foraminiferaBiostratigraphy and phylogenetic evolutionPalaeoecology of Neogene foraminiferaPalaeogeographic distribution of Neogene foraminifera8. SynthesisImportance of application of larger foraminifera in biostratigraphyImportance of larger foraminifera as marine environmental indicatorsThe significance of the larger foraminifera assemblages in the understanding of the global distribution of carbonate sediments and their value in contributing raw data to palaeoenvironmental and palaeoclimatic modelsAppendixNomenclature terminology and glossary

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By Marcelle K. BouDagher-Fadel, Department of Earth Sciences, University College London, UK

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