What do human evolution, the petroleum industry, ancient civilizations and the climate crisis have in common? Just as Sherlock Holmes used forensic data to solve crimes, so micro-paleontologists use minute fossil evidence to unravel mysteries in areas of academic and economic endeavour. We’ll learn how microscopic life forms evolved. We’ll see how they were preserved amid tectonic processes. And we’ll examine how micro-paleontology is applied in areas such as paleo diets, the discovery of new fossil fuel deposits and food crop production. If you like playing detective, you’re invited to probe the microscopic evidence for or against the claims made in some current controversies.