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Paleoecology of fossil bivalves of Bauru Group (late Cretaceous, Bauru Basin) in Presidente Prudente area, São Paulo State, Brazil

Grant number: 13/06718-0
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): June 01, 2013
Effective date (End): May 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Zoology
Principal Investigator:Renato Pirani Ghilardi
Grantee:Thaís Carolina Silva Cirino
Instituição-sede : Faculdade de Ciências (FC). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Bauru. Bauru, SP, Brazil


The study of paleoecology is necessary for the understanding and the comprehension of the relationships of organisms of the past and their environments. The objective of the proposed project is along with other branches of paleontology as the systematic and morphology, to study fossil bivalves from an outcrop not yet described in the literature, in the region of the Presidente Prudente-SP/Bauru Group (Upper Cretaceous, Bauru Basin), thus contributing to paleoenvironmental interpretations of bivalve molluscs tafocenoses preserved in these lithotypes. For this study, fieldworks will be realized to collect new fossil specimens. These specimens will be analyzed and photographed in Laboratory of Paleontology of Macroinvertebrates (LAPALMA) on Campus of Universidade Estadual Paulista "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" UNESP Bauru-SP, and with due assistance of relevant paleontological literature is classified on their ecological and morphofunctional characteristics. Moreover, intends to use this information as complementation a studies systematics and taphonomic performed so concomitant in region for other projects of the laboratory. (AU)