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Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, AGH University of Science and Technology, Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków, Poland
School of Earth Sciences and Resources, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083, China
Dr. Erik Wolfgring
Department of Geology, University of Vienna, 1090 Vienna, Austria

Palaeogeographic and Palaeoclimatic Changes Recorded by Microfossils

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30 June 2024
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Dear Colleagues,

The essence of this Topic of Minerals is to report on microfossils that respond to the changing conditions in both marine and terrestrial environments as a result of the interaction between global paleogeographic and climatic changes throughout the Earth’s geological past. Microfossils do not constitute a separate taxonomic group that can be distinguished in the classification of organisms, but contain fossil biota that belong to various systematic groups such as bacteria, protists, fungi, animals and plants. All of these groups of organisms are linked by by the fact that they are studied via microscope. The presence of microfossils in rocks is closely related to the trophic conditions in which they lived. For this reason, microfossils are an important indicator for the interpretation of changes in the environment.

In particular, this Topic is devoted to the interactions between microfossils and the conditions of the abiotic environment that take place from the moment the first signs of life appeared on Earth. The changes in fossil biotic communities related to the climate record over time and accompanied by changes in global palaeogeography will be especially considered. Articles documenting microfossil assemblies that respond to these changes are welcome. We invite you to prepare both review articles and original articles on specialized topics as well as highly specialized articles that open new perspectives.

Dr. Marta Bąk
Dr. Dangpeng Xi
Dr. Erik Wolfgring
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  • microfossils
  • palaeoenvironment
  • palaeoecology
  • palaeogeography
  • palaeoceanography
  • palaeoclimate
  • Proterozoic–Paleozoic–Mesozoic–Cenozoic

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Published Papers (1 paper)

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Late Cretaceous (Santonian to Campanian) Palynological Records and Paleoclimatic Significance from Borehole ZKY2-1, Songliao Basin
by Zihan Zhou, Dangpeng Xi, Lixin Sun, Jing Zhao, Wanshu Yang, Yunqi Ye, Xinyu Meng and Xiaoqiao Wan
Minerals 2023, 13(3), 338; - 27 Feb 2023
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The global temperature gradually decreased from the Cretaceous Santonian to Campanian, while angiosperms evolved rapidly and gradually became dominant. The Songliao Basin, NE China, contains abundant fossil palynomorphs from the Santonian to Campanian age. A thorough investigation of fossil palynomorphs in borehole ZKY2-1 [...] Read more.
The global temperature gradually decreased from the Cretaceous Santonian to Campanian, while angiosperms evolved rapidly and gradually became dominant. The Songliao Basin, NE China, contains abundant fossil palynomorphs from the Santonian to Campanian age. A thorough investigation of fossil palynomorphs in borehole ZKY2-1 of the SW Songliao Basin was performed, reconstructing the vegetation and paleoclimate transition from the Santonian–earliest Campanian (lower Nenjiang Formation) to the late Campanian (Sifangtai Formation). Eighty form-genera from borehole ZKY2-1 have been identified. Three palynomorph assemblages were identified: the SchizaeoisporitesCyathiditesInaperturopollenites assemblage, Schizaeoisporites–Classopollis–Retitricolporites assemblage, and Schizaeoisporites–Aquilapollenites–Tricolporopollenits assemblage, from bottom to top. Based on palynological analysis from ZKY2-1 and other boreholes in the Songliao Basin, angiosperm pollen proportion in the Sifangtai Formation is significantly higher than in the lower Nenjiang Formation, indicating rapid angiosperm spread from late Santonian to Campanian. Palynological records indicate relatively humid climate during this period; the content of cool palynological types increased from the lower Nenjiang Formation to the Sifangtai Formation, suggesting a transition from warm to cool climate during the late Santonian–earliest Campanian to the late Campanian. The new palynological evidence from the Songliao Basin reveals a global cooling on land and sea during the late Santonian–Campanian period. This climate change may further promote angiosperm spread during the Late Cretaceous period. Full article
(This article belongs to the Topic Palaeogeographic and Palaeoclimatic Changes Recorded by Microfossils)
(This article belongs to the Section Biomineralization and Biominerals)
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Miocene pollen grains in fossil resins from Sumatra indicators of climatic conditions.
Author: Marta Bąk et al.

Title: Biostratigraphy and environmental implication of the Jurassic-Cretaceous transitional interval based on calcareous dinoflagellatecysts and radiolarians from Pieniny Klippen Belt, Poland.
Author: Agnieszka Ciurej et al.

Title: Microfossil assemblages and paleoclimate trends around the Turonian-Coniacian boundary interval from the Gosau Group of Gams, Austria.
Author: Michael Wagreich et al.

Title: Palaeoecological, palaeoenvironmental, age and palaeobiogeographical implications of the microbiota from the Cretaceous -Palaeogene boundary transition of Central India
Author: Ashu Khosla et al.

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