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Applications of Palaeontology
Techniques and Case Studies

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  • Date Published: March 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108446976

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  • Palaeontology, the scientific study of fossils, has developed from a descriptive science to an analytical science used to interpret relationships between Earth and life history. This book provides a comprehensive and thematic treatment of applied palaeontology, covering the use of fossils in the ordering of rocks in time and in space, in biostratigraphy, palaeobiology and sequence stratigraphy. Robert Wynn Jones presents a practical workflow for applied palaeontology, including sample acquisition, preparation and analysis, and interpretation and integration. He then presents numerous case studies that demonstrate the applicability and value of the subject to areas such as petroleum, mineral and coal exploration and exploitation, engineering geology and environmental science. Specialist applications outside of the geosciences (including archaeology, forensic science, medical palynology, entomopalynology and melissopalynology) are also addressed. Abundantly illustrated and referenced, Applications of Palaeontology provides a user-friendly reference for academic researchers and professionals across a range of disciplines and industry settings.

    • Looks beyond palaeontology as an academic discipline to demonstrate its importance in economic, industrial and environmental applications
    • Abundant illustrations provide a valuable reference for fossil identification and the stratigraphic range of key fossil groups
    • Focus boxes highlight specific regional examples and real-world uses
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    'Jones gracefully introduces the reader to the principles of biostratigraphy … [and] summarises the key evolutionary and extinction events in Earth history, and the importance of fossil taxa in palaeobiogeographical interpretations … The great diversity of the examined case studies leads to the conclusion that even highly experienced palaeontologists can enrich their knowledge.' Paweł Wolniewicz, Adam Mickiewicz University

    '… a well-prepared, well-written and well-produced book with a wealth of information about palaeontology and its applications …' Geological Magazine

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    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108446976
    • length: 420 pages
    • dimensions: 250 x 190 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 171 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Work-flows in applied palaeontology
    2. Biostratigraphy and allied disciplines, and stratigraphic time-scales
    3. Palaeobiology
    4. Sequence stratigraphy
    5. Petroleum geology
    6. Mineral exploration and exploitation
    7. Coal geology and mining
    8. Engineering geology
    9. Environmental science
    10. Other applications and case studies
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Robert Wynn Jones, Natural History Museum, London
    Robert Wynn Jones gained his B.Sc. in geological sciences at the University of Birmingham in 1979 and his Ph.D. at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, in 1982. Since then, he has worked as a micropalaeontologist and biostratigrapher in the petroleum industry and has been a Principal Consultant Biostratigrapher at the BG Group since 2009. His industrial work involves analysis of micropalaeontological samples; interpretation of micro- and macro-palaeontological data; and integration of palaeontological interpretations into geological models for petroleum exploration and reservoir exploitation. He has worked on petroliferous sedimentary basins from all around the world and on rocks and fossils from wide ranges of ages and facies. Outside work, Dr Jones also maintains an active interest in academic research, especially in the study of foraminiferal taxonomy, palaeobiology, biostratigraphy and historical micropalaeontology. He has over 100 scientific publications to his name, including six books. He is a Scientific Associate in the Department of Palaeontology at the Natural History Museum in London.

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