Micropaleontology

Micropaleontology

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Micropaleontology (also sometimes spelled as micropalaeontology) is the branch of paleontology that studies microfossils. Microfossils are fossils generally not larger than four millimeters, and commonly smaller than one millimeter, the study of which requires the use of light or electron microscopy. Fossils which can be studied with the naked eye or low-powered magnification, such as a hand lens, are referred to as macrofossils. Obviously, it can be hard to decide whether or not some organisms should be considered microfossils, and so there is no fixed size boundary. For example, some colonial organisms, such as bryozoa (especially the Cheilostomata) have relatively large colonies, but are classified on the basis of fine skeletal details of the tiny individuals of the colony. Most bryozoan specialists tend to consider themselves paleontologists, rather than micropaleontologists, but many micropaleontologists also study bryozoa.show more

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  • Paperback | 156 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9mm | 236g
  • Acu Publishing
  • United States
  • English
  • 6136657449
  • 9786136657448