ABSTRACT: The technique proposed herein reveals the internal morphology of calcareous and agglutinated foraminifers in transmitted light, aiding in taxonomic identifications. It involves eliminating air bubbles inside tests through the application of a vacuum or high heat during oil immersion, and the subsequent mounting of the oil-clarified tests in compatible QSMM thermoplastics. The technique is rapid, nondestructive, allows internal viewing of large tests and is especially useful for small tests that are difficult to thin section. The technique has been used for mounting other microfossils, such as polycystine radiolarians.


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