Fossil and Living Dinoflagellates - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780126191509, 9781483272320

Fossil and Living Dinoflagellates

1st Edition

Authors: W. A. S. Sarjeant
eBook ISBN: 9781483272320
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 1974
Page Count: 190
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Fossil and Living Dinoflagellates presents a detailed account of the cell physiology, morphology, and mode of life of dinoflagellates. This book discusses the development in the research, both on fossil and living dinoflagellates.

Organized into nine chapters, this book begins with an overview of dinoflagellates as the most important producers of luminescence in the oceans, which sometimes cause tropical seas to glow with phosphorescent light. This text then examines the characteristic feature of dinoflagellates to possess two flagella. Other chapters consider the sequence of events during reproduction in the armored dinoflagellate Glenodinium foliaceum based on culture. This book discusses as well the encystment in non-marine dinoflagellates, which occurs in response to the oncoming of adverse environmental conditions. The final chapter deals with the distribution pattern of dinoflagellate cysts in fossil sediments.

This book is a valuable resource for marine biologists, zoologist, paleontologists, micropaleontologists, geologists, taxonomists, microscopists, geneticists, and research workers.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Living Dinoflagellates: Ecology

Chapter 2. Living Dinoflagellates: Morphology

Unarmoured Dinoflagellates

Armoured Dinoflagellates

Chapter 3. Living Dinoflagellates: Reproduction

Division of the Nucleus

Sexual Reproduction


Chapter 4. Living Dinoflagellates: Encystment

Chapter 5. Fossil Dinoflagellates: History of Study

Earliest Studies (1836-1854)

Interregnum (1855-1931)

'Hystrichosphere' Period (1932-1960)

Modern Period (1961 to date)

Chapter 6. Cyst Morphology (Living and Fossil Forms)

General Characteristics

Major Cyst Groups

The Archaeopyle


Morphology of Mineralized Cysts

Chapter 7. Classification (Living and Fossil Dinoflagellates)

The Spiniferites Problem

The Bases for Classification of Living, Motile Dinoflagellates

Past Approaches to the Classification of Fossil Dinoflagellate Cysts

Recent Proposals

Chapter 8. The stratigraphical History of the Dinoflagellates

Dinoflagellates and Acritarchs

Details of Stratigraphical Distribution: Preamble

Stratigraphical Distribution: Mesozoic

Stratigraphical Distribution: Cainozoic

Chapter 9 . Fossil Dinoflagellates: Their Use in Stratigraphy and Palaeoecology

Dinoflagellates and Stratigraphic Correlation

Dinoflagellates in Palaeoecology: Introduction

Dinoflagellates as Indicators of Water Depth and Shoreline Positions

Dinoflagellates as Indicators of Sea-Level Changes

Dinoflagellates and Palaeotemperatures

Dinoflagellates and Current Circulation Patterns


Appendix A. Preparation Techniques for Fossil Dinoflagellates

Appendix B. Present Classification of Modern Dinoflagellates

Appendix C. Present Classification of Fossil Dinoflagellates

Appendix D. Selected Reference Works

Appendix E. References

Author Index

Systematic Index

Terminological Index


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