This part of the site aims to provide an authoritative guide to the biodiversity and taxonomy of Cenozoic planktonic foraminifera, a group of microscopic protists whose shells can be found in ocean sediments today and whose fossil record extends into the Jurassic Period (~170 million years ago). Their accurate identification is key to determining sediment age, reconstructing past climate and ocean conditions and past extinction and speciation events. This is especially so in the Cenozoic where planktonic foramnifera have played fundamental roles in both establishing the basic stratigraphy and in developing paleoceanography as a key modern science. This database is intended as both a working tool for specialists and an accessible reference source for anyone looking for information on planktonic foraminifera.
There are special problems with constructing a database of Neogene planktonic foraminifera, since this fauna has not been systematically revised for a long time. This is in contrast to the Paleogene where working groups have produced definitive syntheses of taxonomy for the Paleocene (Olsson et al. 1999), Eocene (Pearson et al. 2006) and Oligocene (Wade et al. submitted). Additionally it should be noted that the revised taxonomy of the Oligocene will affect many Neogene taxa. Since the Neogene is being constructed from diverse sources, and is liable to be substantially revised, we decided to develop it initially as a separate module from the rest of the Cenozoic, with a first working version going live in late 2016. The site was developed and reviewed through 2017 and early 2018. Later in 2018 we anticipate that the Oligocene Atlas will be published and content from it will then be incorporated into this website. At that stage it is intended that the Neogene module will be merged into the main Cenozoic database.
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