Evolutionary Lineages of Benthic Foraminifera in the Chalk Seas of N.W. Europe and their Application to Problem Solving
Published:January 01, 2009
Haydon W. Bailey, Malcolm B. Hart, Antony Swiecicki, 2009. "Evolutionary Lineages of Benthic Foraminifera in the Chalk Seas of N.W. Europe and their Application to Problem Solving", Geologic Problem Solving with Microfossils: A Volume in Honor of Garry D. Jones, Thomas D. Demchuk, Anthony C. Gary
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The chalk succession of N.W. Europe provides a unique record of the evolution of benthic foraminifera over a time span of ∼ 30 Myr. While the chalk environment cannot be portrayed as uniform over this period of time, it was remarkably constant. Indeed, the clay-rich lower part of the Cenomanian succession is transitional from the underlying Gault Clay Formation (of Middle and Late Albian age), extending still further the range of this environmental uniformity. It is not surprising, therefore, that the benthic foraminifera give us a wonderful example of gradualistic evolution through this interval, punctuated by occasional “events”.
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Geologic Problem Solving with Microfossils: A Volume in Honor of Garry D. Jones
The papers presented in this SEPM Special Publication are the result of the successful SEPM Research Conference of the same name held on the campus of Rice University in Houston, Texas, during the days of March 6-11, 2005. Dr. Garry D. Jones originated the idea of a problem focused microfossil conference and he was the primary driving force during the conferences early planning until his untimely passing in May of 2004. At that time a group of Garry’s colleagues carried forward his wishes for the conference through to its successful completion. More than 150 participants from 20 countries registered for the conference, and over 90 oral and poster sessions were given during the three formal days of the conference. In addition, 22 corporate and institutional sponsors donated to ensure the success of this event. After expenses, the remaining funds were passed on to SEPM, which placed the funds in the Garry Jones Memorial Grant for student research. The fund was established in Garry’s memory to honor his contributions to micropaleontology. Grants are awarded from the fund to students conducting research with a substantial micropaleontological component and it is administered by the North American Micropaleontology Section (NAMS) of SEPM.