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Progress in faunal correlation of Late Cenozoic fluvial sequences 2000–4: the report of the IGCP 449 biostratigraphy subgroup

Schreve, D.C. and Keen, D.H. and Limondin-Lozouet, Nicole and Auguste, Patrick and Santisteban , Juan I. and Ubilla, Martín and Matoshko, A. and Bridgland, David R. and Westaway, Rob (2007) Progress in faunal correlation of Late Cenozoic fluvial sequences 2000–4: the report of the IGCP 449 biostratigraphy subgroup. Quaternary science review, 26 . pp. 2970-2995. ISSN 0277-3791

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Abstract

Vertebrate and invertebrate faunal biostratigraphy is a well-tested method for establishing relative chronologies for fluviatile sequences
that has proved useful in many parts of the world. The robust bones and teeth of large mammals are commonly found in fluviatile
deposits, whereas small vertebrates can be readily recovered through systematic sieving of calcareous sediments, as can molluscs, the
other major faunal group that has been used for biostratigraphical analysis of fluvial sequences. Because of their rapid and quantifiable
rates of evolution, extinction, body mass change and dispersal during the Late Cenozoic, mammals are especially useful for ordering the
fragmentary terrestrial sequence of interglacials and glacials, and proposing correlation with the global marine climatostratigraphic
record. Other groups (e.g. reptiles and amphibians, ostracods) are as yet only in the initial stages of development as a dating tool,
whereas some (e.g. fish, birds) still require substantial development in order to fully explore their utility. As part of IGCP 449, vertebrate
and molluscan assemblages have made important contributions to datasets from a number of areas, notably northern France, central
Germany, the Czech Republic and the Ukraine. Further south, mammalian assemblages have proved useful in separating discrete
periods of climatic change in Iberia and Syria. At greater distances from the core area of fluvial biostratigraphical archives, significant
contributions have come from South America (Uruguay River), South Africa (Vaal) and Australia (Riverine Plain and Lake Eyre
drainage basin).

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Biostratigraphy; Fluviatile sequences; Vertebrate; Invertebrate
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Stratigraphic geology
ID Code:12514
Deposited On:04 Apr 2011 09:52
Last Modified:04 Apr 2011 09:56

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