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Secondo Semestre
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Paleontology, Geobiology


Metodi di valutazione

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Assessment method

Written examination: test with 8 multiple choice questions, 2 open questions with briew answer

Written report on the lab activities

Oral examination: presentation of a scientific paper and discussion with the teachers

Grading: weighted average of all grades, in /30.

Voto Finale

Obiettivi formativi


Benthic facies and applied marine paleoecology

To provide technical skills to plan, analyse and interpret the results of the paleontological and paleoecological investigation. To provide the rationale and the methods for the use of palaeoecology in the reconstruction of recent environmental changes in transitional and marine coastal areas, on the basis of the interplay between natural change and history of the anthropogenic impact. Ability to identify and interpret some common macrobenthic facies, and taphofacies.
Ability to manage the commonest multivariate methods of statistical analyses for the interpretation of benthic associations.

Microfacies; the Pelagic Environment

Knowledge of the microfossil groups which are useful to define a paleoenvironmental and biostratigraphic framework from different oceanographic settings.
Taxonomic bases for the identification of the main planktonic species. Application of microfossil assemblage for paleoecological reconstructions.
Environmental Micropaleontology. Taphonomy.



Benthic facies and applied marine paleoecology

Identifying biofacies as a tool for paleoenvironmental definition. Applications and examples. Introduction to applied marine paleoecology: rationale, sampling strategies, case histories. Multivariate statistics applied to paleoecological analysis. Observations, laboratory analyses and techniques.

Microfacies; the Pelagic Environment

Recognition of biofacies for the definition of the pelagic paleoenvironment in different oceanographic settings. Bases of plankton taxonomy. Taphonomy. Applications and examples from present-day and past environments.

Programma esteso

Detailed program

Benthic facies and applied marine paleoecology

Lessons: Sampling strategies and techniques for the study of marine and transitional benthic associations, death and fossil assemblages. Taphonomic processes and their effects on macrobenthos. Applied marine paleoecology: rationale, case histories. Multivariate statistics for benthic paleoecology.

Laboratory: Identification of key species within the main macrobenthic groups (mollusks, brachiopods, corals, calcareous algae, bryozoans). Quantification of the sedimentary contribution of the components of the benthic association. Macrobenthic facies analysis and identification of the paleoenvironment. Laboratory techniques and analyses for the study of marine and transitional benthic associations, death and fossil assemblages. Observations of the effects of the biostratinomic processes on shelled macrobenthos. Preparation, elaboration, and interpretation of multivariate paleobiological data.

Microfacies; the Pelagic Environment

Lessons: Microfossils and oceanic (paleo)environments. Taxonomic bases for the identification of the main plankton groups. Plankton paleoecology and biogeography. Biofacies in the pelagic environment: sedimentary environment and diagenesis. Bases for the definition of a biostratigraphic framework for pelagic sedimentary successions. Examples from the present-day environment and from the geological record.

Laboratory: Identification, through binocular and polarized light microscope, of key species within the main microfossil groups (calcareous nannofossils, diatoms, silicoflagellates, foraminifera). The laboratory classes will be devoted to: a) the recognition of biofacies and the identification of paleoenvironments (coastal zone, continental shelf, continental slope, abyssal plain) in different settings (mid-ocean oligotrophic gyre, upwelling zones, areas with strong continental input, polar zones); b) the identification of biozones through the recognition of biostratigraphic markers for selected time frames.

Bibliografia consigliata

Textbook and teaching resource

Slides and scientific papers provided by the Lecturers

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