This long-awaited book about non-pollen palynomorphs (NPPs) aims to cover gaps in our knowledge of these abundant but understudied palynological remains. NPPs, such as fungal spores, testate amoebae, dinoflagellate cysts, acritarchs and animal remains, are routinely recovered from palynological preparations of marine or terrestrial material, from Proterozoic to recent geological times. This book gives the reader a comprehensive overview of the different types of NPPs, with examples from diverse time periods and environments. It provides guidance on sample preparation to maximize the recovery of these NPPs, detailed information on their diversity and ecological affinity, clarification on the nomenclature and demonstrates their value as environmental indicators. This volume will become the reference guide for any student, academic or practitioner interested in everything else in their palynological preparations.
Background and context
- An overview of the taxonomic groups of non-pollen palynomorphs / Shumilovskikh, L., O’Keefe, J. M. K. and Marret, F.
- An overview of techniques applied to the extraction of non-pollen palynomorphs, their known taphonomic issues and recommendations to maximize recovery / Pound, M. J., O’Keefe, J. M. K. and Marret, F.
- Nomenclature: how do we designate NPP taxa? / O’Keefe, J. M. K., Nuñez Otaño, N. B. and Bianchinotti, M. V.
The major groups of NPPs
- Palaeomycology: a modern mycological view of fungal palynomorphs / Nuñez Otaño, N. B., Virginia Bianchinotti, M. and Saparrat, M. C. N.
- Non-pollen palynomorphs in freshwater sediments and their palaeolimnological potential and selected applications / McCarthy, F. M. G., Pilkington, P. M., Volik, O., Heyde, A. and Cocker, S. L.
- Testate amoebae as non-pollen palynomorphs in pollen slides: usefulness and application in palaeoenvironmental reconstruction / Andrews, L. O., Payne, R. J. and Swindles, G. T.
- Marine dinocysts, acritarchs and less well-known NPP: tintinnids, ostracod and foraminiferal linings, copepod and worm remains / Mudie, P. J., Marret, F., Gurdebeke, P. R., Hartman, J. D. and Reid, P. C.
Application of NPPs to a variety of problems
- Detecting human impacts: non-pollen palynomorphs as proxies for human impact on the environment / Gauthier, E. and Jouffroy-Bapicot, I.
- Coprophilous fungal spores: non-pollen palynomorphs for the study of past megaherbivores / van Asperen, E. N., Perrotti, A. and Baker, A.
- Stratigraphic and sedimentological aspects of the worldwide distribution of Apectodinium in Paleocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum deposits / Denison, C. N.
- Early land plant phytodebris / Wellman, C. H. and Ball, A. C.
- Non-pollen palynomorphs in deep time: unravelling the evolution of early eukaryotes / Agic, H. and Cohen, P. A.