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Carlo Fornasini, 1854 - 1931

Carlo Fornasini (1854-1931) was a brilliant scientific scholar who was prominent internationally for his work in micropaleontology. In 1881 he became one of the founders of the Italian Geological Society and was its president for many years.

Between 1854 and 1931 Carlo Fornasini was an assistant to Giovanni Capellini, the chair of the Department of Geology at the University of Bologna and became a world authority on foraminifera. Two years before his death, Fornasini donated all of his paleontological material and books to the Museum of Geology and Paleontology in Bologna at the university. In the museum is a room dedicated to the leading geologists is a plaque and portrait of Fornasini. And he has been honored with the foraminiferan names Trifarina fornasinii, Pyrgo fornasinii ,and Angulogerina fornasinii.


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