Pteropod faunas as indicators of Late Pleistocene climate change in the Caribbean Sea
Richard W. Messenger, Malcolm B. Hart, Christopher W. Smart, Melanie J. Leng, Emily J. Lock, Alice K. Howard, 2010. "Pteropod faunas as indicators of Late Pleistocene climate change in the Caribbean Sea", Micropalaeontology, Sedimentary Environments and Stratigraphy: a Tribute to Dennis Curry (1912–2001), John E. Whittaker, Malcolm B. Hart
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A diverse and abundant Late Pleistocene pteropod (pelagic gastropod) fauna is described from marine cores near the island of Montserrat, Lesser Antilles. In several of the cores, there are ‘floods’ of pteropods at particular levels, usually associated with glacial periods within the Late Pleistocene. These levels of abundant pteropods appear to be of regional significance, having been reported from other locations in the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf Coast of Florida and other ocean basins. The concentrations appear to reflect the enhanced preservation of aragonite during cooler periods within the Pleistocene.
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Micropalaeontology, Sedimentary Environments and Stratigraphy: a Tribute to Dennis Curry (1912–2001)
Dennis Curry was a remarkable polymath and philanthropist, leading a double-life as one of the UK's most gifted amateur geologists, whilst at the same time being an extremely successful businessman (as Managing Director of Currys Ltd). This Festschrift, authored by friends and specialists from Britain and France, pays tribute to his often seminal research as well as exhibiting the wide range of his geological interest. It contains 12 chapters and covers several differing aspects of micropalaeontology (pteropods, diatoms and especially foraminifera), Strontium Isotope Stratigraphy, Hampshire Basin stratigraphy and palaeogeography, as well as major contributions on English Channel sedimentology and the great faunal turnover affecting mammals at the Eocene-Oligocene boundary. A scientific appreciation of Dennis Curry, ‘the professional amateur’, with recollections of former colleagues at University College, London (where he was Visiting Professor), together with an assessment of the valuable collections he established and donated to The Natural History Museum, are also included. Copiously illustrated, this book is a must for all geologists.