Applied Palaeontology

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Cambridge University Press, May 4, 2006 - Science - 434 pages
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This book was first published in 2006. Palaeontology has developed from a descriptive science to an analytical science used to interpret relationships between earth and life history. Applied Palaeontology adopts a holistic, integrated approach to palaeontology, highlighting its key role in the study of the evolving earth, life history and environmental processes. After an introduction to fossils and their classification, each of the principal fossil groups are studied in detail, covering their biology, morphology, classification, palaeobiology and biostratigraphy. The latter sections focus on the applications of fossils in the interpretation of earth and life processes and environments. It concludes with case histories of how our knowledge of fossils is applied, in industry and elsewhere. This is a valuable reference for anyone involved in the applications of palaeontology, including earth, life and environmental scientists, and petroleum, minerals, mining and engineering professionals.

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Fossils and fossilisation
Biostratigraphy and sequence
Case histories of applications

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About the author (2006)

Robert Wynn Jones has 30 years' experience working as a foraminiferal micropalaeontologist and biostratigrapher in the oil industry, from gaining his PhD in 1982, until his recent retirement from BG Group PLC. Throughout his career, he also maintained an active interest in academic research, producing over 100 publications, which include 7 books, among them Applied Palaeontology (CUP, 2006) and Applications in Palaeontology: Techniques and Case Studies (CUP, 2011). Dr. Jones is also the author of a book on the history of London, and is an Honorary Scientific Associate of the Natural History Museum in London.

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