Moderators: Bryan Shirley1 and Carlos Martínez-Pérez2

1Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

2Universitat de València, Spain; University of Bristol, UK

The increasing ease of access and technological advances of equipment such as scanning electron microscopes (SEM), synchrotron light sources and micro CTs have revolutionised microanalysis in a number of fields. Although in the past these techniques have been primarily utilised by material scientists, they have become increasingly applied within palaeontology. Techniques like Secondary Electron Microscopy (SE), Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDX/EDS) and Electron Backscatter Diffraction (EBSD) are utilised to help decipher physical and chemical characteristics of fossils on a micro scale. These applications allow observations of chemical composition and structure, which have helped address several enigmas revolving around the ecology, function, biomineralisation (crystal structure/composition) and ontogeny of various taxa. The objective of this workshop is to give the attendees an introduction to methods of preparation and fossil micro analysis using various techniques.

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