Articles | Volume 16, issue 12
Research article
25 Jun 2019
Research article |  | 25 Jun 2019

The colonization of the oceans by calcifying pelagic algae

Baptiste Suchéras-Marx, Emanuela Mattioli, Pascal Allemand, Fabienne Giraud, Bernard Pittet, Julien Plancq, and Gilles Escarguel

Data sets

Calcareous nannofossils absolute abundance and accumulation rates B. Such\'{e}ras-Marx, E. Mattioli, P. Allemand, F. Giraud, B. Pittet, J., Plancq, and G. Escarguel

Short summary
Calcareous nannoplankton are photosynthetic plankton producing micrometric calcite platelets having a fossil record covering the past 200 Myr. Based on species richness, platelets size and abundance we observed four evolution phases through time: Jurassic–Early Cretaceous invasion phase of the open ocean, Early Cretaceous–K–Pg extinction specialization phase to the ecological niches, post-K–Pg mass extinction recovery and Eocene–Neogene establishment phase with domination of a few small species.
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