Special Issue "Palaeogeographic and Palaeoclimatic Changes Recorded by Microfossils"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomineralization and Biominerals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022 | Viewed by 106

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marta Bąk
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Geology, Geophysics and Environmental Protection, AGH University of Science and Technology, Mickiewicza 30, 30-059 Kraków, Poland
Interests: microfossils; radiolaria; bacteria; taphonomy; biostratigraphy; palaeoecology; climate change
Dr. Dangpeng Xi
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Guest Editor
School of Earth Sciences and Resources, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083, China
Interests: microfossils; biostratigraphy; paleoecology; paleoclimate; paleoenvironment; stable isotope
Dr. Erik Wolfgring
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Guest Editor
Department of Geology, University of Vienna, 1090 Vienna, Austria
Interests: Mesozoic paleoclimates; stratigraphy; benthic and planktonic foraminifera

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The essence of this Special Issue of Minerals is to report on microfossils that respond to the changing conditions in both marine and terrestrial environments as a result of the interaction between global paleogeographic and climatic changes throughout the Earth’s geological past. Microfossils do not constitute a separate taxonomic group that can be distinguished in the classification of organisms, but contain fossil biota that belong to various systematic groups such as bacteria, protists, fungi, animals and plants. All of these groups of organisms are linked by by the fact that they are studied via microscope. The presence of microfossils in rocks is closely related to the trophic conditions in which they lived. For this reason, microfossils are an important indicator for the interpretation of changes in the environment.

In particular, this Special Issue is devoted to the interactions between microfossils and the conditions of the abiotic environment that take place from the moment the first signs of life appeared on Earth. The changes in fossil biotic communities related to the climate record over time and accompanied by changes in global palaeogeography will be especially considered. Articles documenting microfossil assemblies that respond to these changes are welcome. We invite you to prepare both review articles and original articles on specialized topics as well as highly specialized articles that open new perspectives.

Dr. Marta Bąk
Dr. Dangpeng Xi
Dr. Erik Wolfgring
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Minerals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • microfossils
  • palaeoenvironment
  • palaeoecology
  • palaeogeography
  • palaeoceanography
  • palaeoclimate
  • Proterozoic–Paleozoic–Mesozoic–Cenozoic

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

  1. Miocene pollen grains in fossil resins from Sumatra indicators of climatic conditions. Marta Bąk et al. 
  2. Biostratigraphy and environmental implication of the Jurassic-Cretaceous transitional interval based on calcareous dinoflagellatecysts and radiolarians from Pieniny Klippen Belt, Poland. Agnieszka Ciurej et al.
  3. Microfossil assemblages and paleoclimate trends around the Turonian-Coniacian boundary interval from the Gosau Group of Gams, Austria. Michael Wagreich et al.
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