Saturday, February 27, 2010

3rd Course on Foraminifera fully booked

The 3rd Course on Foraminifera in Urbino, Italy for 80 international participants is fully booked. The organizer Fabrizio told me, that the advert on has been a great help. Last year I participated in the 2nd course with about 25 participants. Read my personal report on this very intense course in the pretty medieval town of Urbino. Consider your participation in the 4th course 2011 :)

Dr. Fabrizio Frontalini has been the first scientific contributor for in the very beginning. He sent very nice images from the Adriatic Sea and Venice Lagoon such as this from a Bulimina marginata. Among other subjects he is working on foraminifera as indicators of pollution. Read the minilecture on foraminifera and pollution to learn more.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Cribrostomoides crassimargo

from the bottom of the Russian Barents Sea comes this agglutinating Foraminfera:

Cribrostomoides crassimargo
(Norman, 1892)

Common in the Arctic. The test is build using small grains cemented together.

The specimen is provided by Katya from Moscow.
Thanks a lot Katya ! I will need some time to work on the other specimens.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Lagenammina atlantica from the Faroe-Shetland Channel

Onno Groß president of DEEPWAVE a NGO for the protection of the oceans has provided numerous SEM-images of benthic foraminifera found at the shelf+continental slope of the Faroe-Shetland channel. The depth ranges from 155m to 1200m.
(see station-list to the right).

A prominent bathyal species for the North Atlantic is Lagenammina atlantica. This specimen has used volcanic glas to build its test.

Find the whole collection at

Monday, February 8, 2010

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Incoming Samples 2010 Weeks 4+5

An envelope from Michael (Louisville, Kentucky / USA) arrived with about 40 single forams from the Mississippian and Pennsylvanian: huge Fusulinids (see drawing of parafusulinid), Orbitulinas and Endothyras. See the interesting blog Louisville Fossils. Now I have first Paleozoic forams - what an excitement. Thanks a lot Michael. I will send a package with European forams back for Herb.

Kirstens material from Australia has arrived, several samples from the beaches of Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia - 200-300g in total. In half of a spoon from Woolgoolga - Solitary Islands Marine Park, NSW I found about 100 forams ranging from Textularia, Miliolids, Elphidiums, Planorbulina, Cibicides to Globigerina, Globorotalia - o my God - there are about 200 spoons left, to be analyzed :) Thank you so much Kirsten.