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Biostratigraphy: Microfossils and Geological Time

By: Brian McGowran

459 pages, 210 illus

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Jan 2008 | #173418 | ISBN-13: 9780521048170
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Hardback | Dec 2005 | #147448 | ISBN: 0521837502
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In modern geochronology - timescale-building and making correlations between oceans, continents and hemispheres - the microfossil record of speciations and extinctions is integrated with numerical dates from radioactive decay, geomagnetic reversals through time, and the cyclical wobbles of the earth-sun-moon system. This important synthesis follows the development of biostratigraphy from classical origins into petroleum exploration and deep-ocean drilling. It explores the three-way relationship between species of microorganism, their environment and their evolution through time as expressed in skeletons preserved as fossils.

Re-issue, originally published in hardcover in 2005.


1. Biogeohistory and the development of classical biostratigraphy; 2. The biostratigraphy of fossil microplankton; 3. Biostratigraphy: its integration into modern geochronology; 4. Biostratigraphy and biohistorical theory I: evolution and correlation; 5. Systemic stratigraphy: beyond classical biostratigraphy; 6. Biostratigraphy and biohistorical theory II: carving nature at the joints; 7. Biostratigraphy and chronostratigraphic classification; 8. On biostratigraphy and biogeohistory.

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