Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt

Micropalaeontology I

MICROPALAEONTOLOGY is a science concerned with microscopic animals and plants, mostly but not all less that 1mm in size, their morphology, taxonomy, palaeobiology, palaeoecology, distribution patterns, and application to understanding earth history. Many of the groups of microscopic animals and plants are alive today and Micropalaeontologists are interested in the living forms in order to interpret the fossils. Most microfossil groups are simple, single cell, organisms that only rarely exceed 1mm in size and therefore require the use of optical and electron microscopes and other specialist techniques for their study. Research in FIS focuses on OSTRACODS (Mikropalaeontology I), CONODONTS (Historical Geology and Facies) and SPORES & POLLEN (Palaeobotany, Palynology). Other microfossil groups are represented by large collections of, especially, FORAMINIFERA and OTOLITHS.

Research and Collections of the Section Micropalaeontology I are related to the whole Phanerozoic with special focus on the Mesozoic and the Tertiary. Accordingly they are mainly connected to  "Biodiversity and Earth System Dynamics". For the Recent material there are also connections to "Biodiversity and Systematics".

cupboard with trays in the collection thin sections with Foraminifera SEM picture of an ostracod