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Mechanisms of biomineralization and paleobiology of neoproterozoic eukaryotic microfossils from South Paraguay Belt

Grant number: 17/22099-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
Effective date (Start): November 01, 2017
Effective date (End): April 02, 2022
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Geosciences - Geology
Principal researcher:Ricardo Ivan Ferreira da Trindade
Grantee:Luana Pereira Costa de Morais Soares
Home Institution: Instituto de Astronomia, Geofísica e Ciências Atmosféricas (IAG). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:16/06114-6 - The Neoproterozoic Earth System and the rise of biological complexity, AP.TEM
Associated scholarship(s):18/02049-0 - Comparative study of the paleobiology and mechanisms of biomineralization of Neoproterozoic eukaryotic microfossils from the Southern Paraguay Belt - Brazil and Chuar Group - USA, BE.EP.PD


The effect of biological innovation and environmental changes are key in the Geosciences. In the Neoproterozoic the biosphere is marked by dramatic biological changes (e.g. biomineralization and the onset of metazoa) associated to important changes in climate and the chemistry of the oceans (e.g. glaciations, banded iron formation deposits). Notwithstanding, the feedback relations between environmental and biological changes is still poorly known. This project is related to the Thematic Project (2016/06114-6) "The Neoproterozoic Earth System and the rise of biological complexity" and aims at tackling this problem by integrating new information on the morphology and composition of eucarionts microfossils from South Paraguay belt, including information about the chemistry of the oceans, the paleogeography and tectonics of the belt between the Cryogenian and the Cambrian.

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(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
MORAIS, L.; LAHR, D. J. G.; RUDNITZKI, I. D.; FREITAS, B. T.; ROMERO, G. R.; PORTER, S. M.; KNOLL, A. H.; FAIRCHILD, T. R. Insights into vase-shaped microfossil diversity and Neoproterozoic biostratigraphy in light of recent Brazilian discoveries. JOURNAL OF PALEONTOLOGY, v. 93, n. 4, p. 612-627, JUL 2019. Web of Science Citations: 1.

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