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The Use of Fossil Spores in the Resolution of Mississippian Stratigraphic Problems
Fossil spores and pollen have become useful indicators of geological age, paleoecology, and paleogeography because they are abundant minute bodies that preserve in many types of sediment and because they are characteristic of the various geologic ages and ecologies. Their importance in the resolution of Mississippian stratigraphic problems is evident from the studies that have been published in the United States and Eurasia. Certain genera of fossil spores are restricted to these rocks. The spore genera whose species appear to be the most useful in Mississippian stratigraphy are Auroraspora, Callisporites, Glomospora, Grandispora, Procornaspora, Rotospora, Thalisporites, and Tripartites.
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