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Paläontologie und Historische Geologie

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The main topics of our team focus on the past ecosystems and the interactions between geosphere and biosphere during the Paleozoic (Cambrian, Devonian, and Carboniferous). Our efforts are focused on:

  • the processes and the causes of the evolution of the benthic communities (bivalves, corals, foraminifers, calcareous algae) in response to environmental and palaeogeographic changes.
  • the documentation of the paleodiversity and disparity of these taxa.
  • the reconstruction especially of carbonate environments/carbonate habitats, from platform and "reefs" to deeper water and their evolution, which is controlled by environmental changes on all time scales, from rapid to gradual.