The Micropaleontology Laboratory is a facility for micropaleontological sample preparation and investigation. Microfossil research has a 70 years-old tradition at the Earth Science Department: planktonic foraminifers and calcareous nannofossils are investigated for biostratigraphic dating as well as paleoecological and paleoenvironmental reconstructions.
Elisabetta Erba - (nannofossili calcarei - calcareous nannofossils)
Maria Rose Petrizzo - (foraminiferi planctonici - planktonic foraminifers)
Cinzia Bottini - (nannofossili calcarei - calcareous nannofossils)
- High precision balance GIBERTINI (6 units)
- Centrifuge machine REMI R-10M
- Ultrasonic cleaning machine
- Two UV lamps
- Splitter McLane
- Filtration machine
- Settling Boxes equipment
- Two hot plates
- Several sets of sieves with different mesh sizes (from 0.250 mm to 0.040 mm)
- Fume hood Labosystem Typhoon 5003/2
- Set for thinning up thin sections
- Core sampling facilities
- Study of calcareous nannofossils for biostratigraphy, paleoecological and paleoclimatic reconstructions based on semi-quantitative, quantitative and morphometric analyses. The analyses can be conducted on smear slides, settling slides and/or ultra-thin sections, as well as on samples prepared with filters and splitter device. Morphometric analyses are performed using digital images.
- Study of foraminifera for biostratigraphy, paleoecological and paleoclimatic reconstructions based on qualitative and quantitative data obtained from weighted and unweighted washed residues and thin sections. Morphometric analyses on digital images.