A Manual of Practical Laboratory and Field Techniques in Palaeobiology by O.R. GreenA Manual of Practical Laboratory and Field Techniques in Palaeobiology by O.R. Green

A Manual of Practical Laboratory and Field Techniques in Palaeobiology

byO.R. Green

Paperback | December 1, 2010

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This manual provides a comprehensive approach to procedures and techniques used in the collection and preparation of palaeobiological materials. Procedures used in both the field and laboratory by professional and amateur for research or aesthetic display are detailed. The manual is divided into three sections. An introductory section outlines the scope of practical procedures, and the importance of documentation within the laboratory. The second section covers techniques primarily, although not exclusively, used in the field. The third section, the bulk of the manual, details the physical (mechanical) and chemical procedures used in the preparation, conservation and preservation of palaeobiological materials. Concluding chapters cover preliminary analytical procedures, and the preparation of specimens for display. This manual will assist all those concerned with the preparation, display and documentation of palaeontological specimens and the teaching and understanding of practical techniques.
Title:A Manual of Practical Laboratory and Field Techniques in PalaeobiologyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:552 pagesPublished:December 1, 2010Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements. Foreword. I: Introduction. 1. Palaeontological Techniques - an introduction to practical procedures. 2. Record Keeping in the Laboratory. II: Field Techniques. 3. Field collecting procedures. 4. Collecting techniques for microfossil and live foraminifera samples. 5. Consolidation, stabilization and replication techniques. 6. Field staining techniques for determining calcite, dolomite and phosphate. 7. Field documentation, sample packing and transportation. III: Laboratory Techniques. A: Introduction. 8. Laboratory design and layout. 9. Safety in the laboratory. 10. Preservation, consolidation and repair of unstable specimens. 11. Preparation of recent material for comparative studies. B: Physical Procedures. 12. Mechanical methods for preparing fossil specimens. 13. Fossil extraction techniques by thermal disintegration. 14. Disaggregation and dispersal of partially consolidated and unconsolidated sediments. 15. Microfossil sample contamination and reliability problems. 16. Washing and sieving techniques used in micropalaeontology. 17. Centrifuge techniques used in micropalaeontology. 18. Mechanical separation of microfossil residues. 19. Flotation and liquid separation techniques. 20. Thin section and slide preparation techniques of macro and microfossil specimens. 21. Staining techniques used in micropalaeontology. 22. Preparation of carbonate stained acetate peels and thin sections. 23. Preparation of amber specimens containing fossils. 24. Preparation and conservation of vertebrate fossils. C: Chemical Procedures. 25. Extraction techniques for palaeobotanical and palynological material. 26. Extraction techniques for acid insoluble microfossils. 27. Extraction techniques for phosphatic fossils. 28. Extraction techniques for uncrushed graptolites. 29. Extraction techniques for calcareous microfossils from argillaceous sediments. 30. Extraction techniques for calcareous microfossils from carbonate sediments. 31. Extraction techniques for agglutinated foraminifera from calcareous sediments. 32. Specialist techniques used in the preparation of individual microfossil specimens. 33. Extraction techniques for calcareous nannofossils. D: Analytical Procedures. 34. Electron microscopy techniques. 35. X-radiography techniques. E. Exhibition of Fossil Material. 36. Fossil replication techniques. 37. Photomacrography and photomicrography techniques. 38. Illustrating and exhibiting for display and publication. References. Appendices. Indexes.

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`This book is very well organized and information is easy to find. [...]many of the techniques will be of use to Holocene workers[...] but all geological departments that undertake research should have a copy for reference. This book will be an invaluable guide to geologists from undergraduate level upwards.[..]But always one must return to the sheer magnitude of the data contained within the 538 pages of this excellent book. It is not just a field techniques and paleobiology laboratory manual, but instead represents a most impressive gathering together of almost everything a successful practical paleobiologist needs to be effective. [...]This manual has managed to fill a gap in the market, which has existed for several years. In the last few decades developments in paleobiological field and laboratory techniques have generally been published as booklets or papers. Green has successfully brought these together here, to produce what will be valued by many as a standard reference on the subject. ' Caroline Buttler, National Museums and Galleries of Wales in Holocene