Foraminiferal Micropaleontology for Understanding Earth’s History

Foraminiferal Micropaleontology for Understanding Earth’s History

1st Edition - June 12, 2021

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  • Author: Pratul Saraswati
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128239575
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128242308

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Foraminiferal Micropaleontology for Understanding Earth’s History incorporates new findings on taxonomy, classification and biostratigraphy of foraminifera. Foraminifera offer the best geochemical proxies for paleoclimate and paleoenvironment interpretation. The study of foraminifera was promoted by oil exploration due to its exceptional use in subsurface stratigraphy. A rapid technological development in the past 20 years in the field of imaging microfossils and in geochemical microanalysis have added novel information about foraminifera. Foraminiferal Micropaleontology for Understanding Earth’s History builds an understanding of biology, morphology and classification of foraminifera for its varied applications. In the past two decades, a phenomenal growth has occurred in geochemical proxies in shells of foraminifera, and as a result, crucial information about past climate of the earth is achieved. Foraminifera is the most extensively used marine microfossils in deep-time reconstruction of the earth history. Its key applications are in paleoenvironment and paleoclimate interpretation, paleoceanography, and biostratigraphy to continuously improve the Geologic Time Scale.

Key Features

  • Provides an overview of the Earth history as witnessed and evidenced by foraminifera
  • Discusses a variety of geochemical proxies used in reconstruction of environment, climate and paleobiology of foraminifera
  • Presents a new insight into the morphology and classification of foraminifera by modern tools of x-ray microscopy, quantitative methods, and molecular research


Geologists, marine geologists, geochemists, and paleoceanographers, professionals in subsurface exploration and paleoclimate research. Exploration geologists and oil and gas companies

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Biology and calcification
    3. Morphology and classification
    4. Evolution and extinction
    5. The time-keepers of earth history
    6. The recorders of marine environment
    7. Geochemical proxies
    8. Deep-time climate reconstruction
    9. Isotope paleobiology and paleoecology
    10. Foraminifera – witness of the evolving earth

Product details

  • No. of pages: 340
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: June 12, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128239575
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128242308

About the Author

Pratul Saraswati

Pratul Saraswati has been a professor at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay since 1988, teaching Micropaleontology and Petroleum Geology to postgraduate students. His research area is focused on foraminifera for biostratigraphy and paleoenvironmental interpretation of Cenozoic marine sequences. Dr. Saraswati has written more than 90 papers in scientific journals and chapters in edited volumes. He has served or still serves as an expert member and in advisory capacity with several research funding agencies, research institutes, and educational institutions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India

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