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Recent studies of foraminiferal populations of the Gulf of Mexico made by Phleger (1951 and 1954), Parker, et al. (1953) , Lowman (1949), and Shepard and Moore (1955) show that different kinds of Foraminifera inhabit waters of different depth, salinity and temperature. These studies should provide evidence from which micropaleontologists may infer the nature of ancient environments, assuming always that fossil Foraminifera had the same habits as their nearest of kin in the modern assemblages. Albritton, et al. (1954) and Curtis (1955) have made quantitative studies of ancient populations, and have found that the Foraminifera tend to corroborate and supplement the chronicle of sedimentation as established on lithologic and other evidence.

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