Palaeontology & Historical Geology
The present research activities of the section are mainly included in the Research Field (RF) IV ‘Biodiversity and Earth System Dynamics’ of Senckenberg and there placed in the Research Activity (RA) 4.1 ‘Evolving Earth and Environment’ (EEE). In general, they are conducted together with national and international colleagues and attached to the ‚Subcommission on Devonian Stratigraphy‘ (SDS).
Besides biostratigraphy (the main group of fossils are the tentaculitoids) studies on microfacies analysis and sedimentology, but also research using other stratigraphic methods (e.g., event stratigraphy, cyclostratigraphy, etc.) are the main goals of the section. High-resolution and long-range correlations of Devonian successions and investigations of Global Events play a major role. Another aspect which is included are studies on ‘time-specific facies’, i.e., investigation of characteristic rock formation at a given time in Earth History. Wherever possible, comparison with modern environments is considered.