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Abrasion surfaces on internal moulds of ammonites as palaeobathymetric indicators

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Fernández López, Sixto Rafael and Meléndez Hevia, Guillermo (1994) Abrasion surfaces on internal moulds of ammonites as palaeobathymetric indicators. Palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, palaeoecology , 110 . pp. 29-42. ISSN 0031-0182

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Abstract

Some abrasion surfaces displayed by internal moulds of ammonites, such as annular abrasion furrows formed on
the venter surface and ellipsoidal abrasion facets preferentially developed on the last third part of the preserved whorl,
are diagnostic criteria of taphonomic reworking. These taphonomic criteria indicate that the internal moulds have
been exhumed and moved before their final burial. We explain the origin of these abrasion surfaces by the action of
directional (non oscillatory) currents in very shallow water, most probably in intertidal environments. The distribution
of ammonite moulds displaying such preservational features is correlated with the changes in the facies and the trend
of the sedimentary sequences. Taphonomic analysis of Jurassic ammonites of the Iberian Range underlines the
importance and usefulness of taphonomic gradients in sequence stratigraphy and palaeogeographic reconstructions.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Taphonomy; Ammonites; Iberian Range
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Paleontology
ID Code:21396
Deposited On:16 May 2013 11:17
Last Modified:11 Dec 2018 08:43

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