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Fossil and genetic evidence for the polyphyletic nature of the planktonic foraminifera ‘Globigerinoides’, and description of the new genus Trilobatus

Spezzaferri, Silvia ; Kucera, Michal ; Pearson, Paul Nicholas ; Wade, Bridget Susan ; Rappo, Sacha ; Poole, Christopher Robert ; Morard, Raphaël ; Stalder, Claudio

In: PLoS ONE, 2015, vol. 10, no. 5, p. e0128108

Planktonic foraminifera are one of the most abundant and diverse protists in the oceans. Their utility as paleo proxies requires rigorous taxonomy and comparison with living and genetically related counterparts. We merge genetic and fossil evidence of “Globigerinoides”, characterized by supplementary apertures on spiral side, in a new approach to trace their “total evidence phylogeny”...

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Internal pore measurements on macroperforate planktonic Foraminifera as an alternative morphometric approach

Constandache, Monica ; Yerly, Florence ; Spezzaferri, Silvia

In: Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 2013, vol. 106, no. 2, p. 179–186

Because of the lack of genetic control on extinct species, the morphologic approach remains the only way of identifying fossil Foraminifera. In addition to comparative description of gross shell morphology, morphometry became more important in recent years and was extended to encompass the ultrastructure of the shells. In particular, some studies focused on porosity, as determined by the pore...

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Carbonate mounds in shallow and deep time

Henriet, Jean-Pierre ; Spezzaferri, Silvia ; Samankassou, Elias ; Foubert, Anneleen ; Van Rooij, David ; Rüggeberg, Andres

In: Marine Geology, 2011, vol. 282, no. 1-2, p. 1-4

Special Issue on COld-water CArbonate Reservoir systems in Deep Environments - COCARDEOver a decade of research on recent cold-water coral mounds in various oceans has set the stage for comparative studies between recent and ancient carbonate mound systems, with the aim to unravel generic processes and reveal the “red thread” in a fundamental strategy of Life building Geology — a...