On several occasions at paleontology-, geology-, and stratigraphy-related meetings during the past years, I noticed that many colleagues, even micropaleontologists, are not (anymore!) aware of the fundamental application potential of pre-Quaternary, fresh- and brackish-water ostracode fossils. Ostracodes, aquatic crawling or swimming microcrustaceans with a calcified bivalved shell and high fossilization potential, have rarely been considered as a major tool in biostratigraphy, fading mostly into the background compared to other fossil groups in the marine realm. In the continental realm, however, ostracodes are often the most common and abundant fossils, whether in freshwater or saline deposits. Yet, supraregional and intercontinental biostratigraphy...

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