Articles | Volume 41, issue 2
J. Micropalaeontol., 41, 107–127, 2022
J. Micropalaeontol., 41, 107–127, 2022
Research article
01 Aug 2022
Research article | 01 Aug 2022

Spine-like structures in Paleogene muricate planktonic foraminifera

Paul N. Pearson et al.

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