Essay heading: 3 Case studies for applied palaeontology

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For example, if a oil company wanted to drill for hydrocarbons in deltaic reservoirs then palaeontologist would look for fossil FORAMS that are known to be restricted to that environment. Calcareous nanofossils are extremely small objects (less than 25 microns) produced by planktonic unicellular algae...
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Both planktonic FORAMS and calcareous nanofossils such as Coccolithophorans aren’t very good at providing the palaeoenvironment of deposition as they float in the oceans currants over very wide areas. They do, however, have another use to palaeontologists as the first appearance or extinction of any particular species can be geological quite rapid and therefore can be used to correlate lithologies in time and space...
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