History of the project
Since December 2011 a foraminifera.eu project team consisting of Karl-Otto Bock, Michael Hesemann, Dieter Ketelsen and Stefan Raveling has worked on Maastrichtian Foraminifera from Northern Germany. Samples from the chalk-quarry Lägerdorf Grube Saturn and drill cores from Hemmoor and the Baltic off Rügen were processed and about 230 SEM and optical images made. No statistical or stratigraphical analysis is undertaken so far. In September 2012 Dr. Peter Frenzel, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Institute of Earth Sciences - an expert on Maastrichtian Foraminifera - joined the team and proposed the idea to build an Atlas of Boreal Maastrichtian Foraminifera through Foraminifera.eu. The team agreed.
In 2013 all 490 images provided by Dr. Peter Frenzel from his publication were added: Frenzel, P. (2000): Die benthischen Foraminiferen der Rügener Schreibkreide (Unter-Maastrichtium, NE-Deutschland) [The benthic Foraminifera of the Rügen Chalk (Lower Maastrichtian, Northeastern Germany)]. Neue Paläontologische Abhandlungen, 3: 361 pp., 107 figs., 8 Tab, 46 plts.; Dresden.
On the 4th of May 2013 the group met in Hamburg and went on the 5th on a field trip to the Laegerdorf quarries. Michael attended in June 13 the planktonic course at the ISF, Urbino and presented the Atlas. Cretaceous was taught by Dr. Maria Rose Petrizzo (with Dr. Premoli Silva in the International Subcommission of the Cretaceous). The Smithonian Institution National Museum of Natural History, Washington hosting the Cushman Collections, the Geological Survey of Austria and the Grzybowski Foundation gave Michael the permission to use their images. The Atlas contains 720 images as of July 2013.
Plans and work in progress 2013
Coworkers are welcome and should have at least a basic understanding of micropaleontology. Cowokers may share their material and images. They may work on our preprocessed samples according to the agreed procedure. (picking, counting, weighing, classification).Training on the job and sharing of literature will be offered.
To attract coworkers our results will be continously published here. Coworkers will not get any financial compensation as our work is solely based on naturalist enthusiasm and curiosity.
Hamburg, September 2013