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A Manual of Practical Laboratory and Field Techniques in Palaeobiology

Handbook / Manual

By: O R Green

538 pages, Figs, tabs

Chapman & Hall

Hardback | Dec 2001 | #43273 | ISBN: 041258980X
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About this book

The collection and preparation of palaeontological samples requires special techniques, all of which are documented in this manual. It provides information on the collection and preparation of material and a comprehensive database of the techniques used. Contents: field techniques; physical procedures; chemical procedures; analytical procedures; exhibition of fossil material.

'This book is very well organized and information is easy to find. [...]many of the techniques will be of use to Holocene workers[...] but all geological departments that undertake research should have a copy for reference. This book will be an invaluable guide to geologists from undergraduate level upwards.[..]But always one must return to the sheer magnitude of the data contained within the 538 pages of this excellent book. It is not just a field techniques and paleobiology laboratory manual, but instead represents a most impressive gathering together of almost everything a successful practical paleobiologist needs to be effective. [...]This manual has managed to fill a gap in the market, which has existed for several years. In the last few decades developments in paleobiological field and laboratory techniques have generally been published as booklets or papers. Green has successfully brought these together here, to produce what will be valued by many as a standard reference on the subject. ' Caroline Buttler, National Museums and Galleries of Wales in Holocene


Contents

Acknowledgements. Foreword. I: Introduction. 1. Palaeontological Techniques -- an introduction to practical procedures. 2. Record Keeping in the Laboratory. II: Field Techniques. 3. Field collecting procedures. 4. Collecting techniques for microfossil and live foraminifera samples. 5. Consolidation, stabilization and replication techniques. 6. Field staining techniques for determining calcite, dolomite and phosphate. 7. Field documentation, sample packing and transportation. III: Laboratory Techniques. A: Introduction. 8. Laboratory design and layout. 9. Safety in the laboratory. 10. Preservation, consolidation and repair of unstable specimens. 11. Preparation of recent material for comparative studies. B: Physical Procedures. 12. Mechanical methods for preparing fossil specimens. 13. Fossil extraction techniques by thermal disintegration. 14. Disaggregation and dispersal of partially consolidated and unconsolidated sediments. 15. Microfossil sample contamination and reliability problems. 16. Washing and sieving techniques used in micropalaeontology. 17. Centrifuge techniques used in micropalaeontology. 18. Mechanical separation of microfossil residues. 19. Flotation and liquid separation techniques. 20. Thin section and slide preparation techniques of macro and microfossil specimens. 21. Staining techniques used in micropalaeontology. 22. Preparation of carbonate stained acetate peels and thin sections. 23. Preparation of amber specimens containing fossils. 24. Preparation and conservation of vertebrate fossils. C: Chemical Procedures. 25. Extraction techniques for palaeobotanical and palynological material. 26. Extraction techniques for acid insoluble microfossils. 27. Extraction techniques for phosphatic fossils. 28. Extraction techniques for uncrushed graptolites. 29. Extraction techniques for calcareous microfossils from argillaceous sediments. 30. Extraction techniques for calcareous microfossils from carbonate sediments. 31. Extraction techniques for agglutinated foraminifera from calcareous sediments. 32. Specialist techniques used in the preparation of individual microfossil specimens. 33. Extraction techniques for calcareous nannofossils. D: Analytical Procedures. 34. Electron microscopy techniques. 35. X-radiography techniques. E. Exhibition of Fossil Material. 36. Fossil replication techniques. 37. Photomacrography and photomicrography techniques. 38. Illustrating and exhibiting for display and publication. References. Appendices. Indexes.

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