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Fossil foraminifera

Fossil foraminifera

These photographs were taken with an electron microscope, and show in remarkable detail the surface of three fossil foraminifers found in sediment. The two ball-like clusters are minute plankton that lived at the ocean surface. The flatter shell is a form that lived on the sea floor. When they die, the shells of plankton build up on the seabed and eventually form rocks such as limestone.

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NIWA – National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research

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Hamish Campbell, 'Fossils - Microfossils', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/9047/fossil-foraminifera (accessed 27 February 2017)

Story by Hamish Campbell, published 12 Jun 2006