One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘The marine biostratigraphy is based upon microfaunas and floras, notably planktonic foraminifera and radiolaria.’
- ‘The Nun Mine Member consists of thin-bedded calcareous mudstones locally with abundant radiolaria, and represents offshore, basinal environments.’
- ‘As in other radiolaria, Acantharea have a gelatinous ectoplasm filled with vacuoles, separated from the inner cell mass by a fibrous capsular wall.’
- ‘The importance of both stems from the fact that radiolaria and planktonic foraminifera live at or near the ocean surface and their shells incorporate a record of surface-water conditions as they grow.’
- ‘Fewer than 250,000 fossils - most are ‘large microbes,’: foraminifera, radiolaria, coccolithophores or diatoms - are named in the paleontological literature.’
Late 19th century: modern Latin (former order name), from late Latin radiolus ‘faint ray’, diminutive of radius ‘ray’.
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