Introduction to Microfossil Biostratigraphy
This textbook will appeal to students and graduates making their first steps in the application of both microfossils and stratigraphy. It presents, in detail, the historical development of microfossil biostratigraphy, from its birth to the emergence of sequence stratigraphy, including its roots in classical biostratigraphy. The interplay between the academic and economical challenges, on one hand, and developments in microfossil biostratigraphy, on the other, is explored thoroughly. The book also presents an introduction to the scientific concepts used in microfossil biostratigraphy practice, and the uses in microbiostratigraphy of 25 groups of microfossils, such as algae, protistans, reproductive plant debris, invertebrates, chordates and vertebrates, and microproblematica groups. It also provides a numerical method to calculate the biostratigraphical resolution of these microfossil groups.
M. Dan Georgescu received a PhD from the University of Bucharest, Romania, in 1994 with a thesis focused on the Mesozoic planktic foraminifera of the Western Black Sea. Following an early career in the oil industry as a biostratigrapher and consultant, he joined academia and taught a variety of courses related to paleontology, micropaleontology, stratigraphy, geology, and petroleum geology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, the University of Saskatchewan, and the University of Calgary, Canada. He has authored over 60 journal articles and book chapters, four textbooks and three books, and served as the editor of two volumes.
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