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The advantage of thin section preparations over acetate peels in the study of late Paleozoic fungi and other microorganisms

Thomas N. Taylor, Michael Krings, Nora Dotzler and Jean Galtier
The advantage of thin section preparations over acetate peels in the study of late Paleozoic fungi and other microorganisms
Palaios (April 2011) 26 (4): 239-244

Abstract

The mode of preservation dictates the preparation technique that will yield the most information about a specific fossil. Such considerations also include the time needed for preparation and degree of specimen destruction. Nowhere is this more clearly demonstrated than in the history of Carboniferous coal ball and chert research where the standard technique shifted from thin section to acetate peel preparations many years ago. Despite the ease and efficiency of acetate peels and the exponential increase in information they have provided about Carboniferous plants and ecosystems, we argue that there has been a concomitant decrease in attention directed at the microbial life also preserved in many cherts and coal balls. With this paper we endorse the use of thin sections, rather than peels, in order to study accurately the morphology and diversity of late Paleozoic microbial life.


ISSN: 0883-1351
Serial Title: Palaios
Serial Volume: 26
Serial Issue: 4
Title: The advantage of thin section preparations over acetate peels in the study of late Paleozoic fungi and other microorganisms
Affiliation: University of Kansas, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Lawrence, KS, United States
Pages: 239-244
Published: 201104
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society for Sedimentary Geology, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 49
Accession Number: 2011-050381
Categories: Paleobotany
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: NSF Grant EAR-0949947
Illustration Description: illus.
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Secondary Affiliation: Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet, DEU, GermanyCentre de Cooperation Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Developpement, FRA, France
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 201128
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