Thyrsocyrtis sp., Radiolaria from the Equatorial Atlantic Ocean (Barbados), Eocene. Image by Claudio Stadler, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Fribourg, Switzerland
The Silicofossil Group emerged within TMS in the early 2000’s mainly by Diatom and Radiolarian specialists and has organized some successful biannual joint meetings with the Palynology Group of TMS.
The TMS Silicofossil Group is unique as it encompasses several taxonomic groups that share the physiological adaptation of using silica to synthesize skeletal forms. As such, silicabiomineralization is a common area of interest to the members of the Silicofossil Group, including factors controlling growth, morphology and preservation of siliceous microfossils. This encompasses diverse themes including physiology, taxonomy, evolution, genetics and ecology, and application-based topics related to biochemical engineering, palaeoceanography, palaeolimnology, biostratigraphy, palaeobiology, etc.; ranging from the molecular scale (genetics, physiology, etc.) to global scale (geochemical cycling, biodiversity, etc.) studies.