Foraminifers of the Viséan–Serpukhovian boundary interval in Western Palaeotethys: a review



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Cózar Maldonado, Pedro and Vachard, Daniel and Aretz, Markus and Somerville, Ian D. (2019) Foraminifers of the Viséan–Serpukhovian boundary interval in Western Palaeotethys: a review. Lethaia, 52 (2). pp. 260-284. ISSN 0024-1164, ESSN: 1502-3931

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A detailed revision of foraminiferal zonal schemes in sections throughout Europe and North Africa for the Viséan–Serpukhovian boundary interval suggests that several foraminiferal taxa might have the potential to form reliable markers throughout the Palaeotethys. This would support the currently investigated boundary definition based on the First Appearance Datum of the conodont Lochriea ziegleri. However, correlation of these foraminiferal markers in the Western Palaeotethys region has encountered several problems, partly arising from taxonomic issues, but mainly because of apparent discrepancies between the First Occurrence Data (FOD). Analysis of the available foraminiferal data has revealed that some taxa show marked delays in their FODs, due to the timing of westward dispersal within the Palaeotethys, emanating from a probable source in eastern Russia. As a result of this investigation, two dispersal routes have been identified, a northern branch and a southern branch. In general, the displacements within the southern branch occurred more rapidly than in the northern branch. In addition to different dispersal routes, separation of the main foraminiferal markers in stratigraphical sections from different regions can result from isolation of shallow‐water facies of the inner platform from those of relatively deeper‐water settings in the outer platform, the latter showing more consistent foraminiferal FODs. The differences in palaeobathymetry and associated energy levels have enabled two foraminiferal zonal schemes to be distinguished for the Viséan–Serpukhovian boundary interval in the Western Palaeotethys, one for the inner platform and a second one for the outer platform.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Biostratigraphy, carbonate platforms, chronostratigraphy, conodonts, GSSP, late Mississippian, small foraminifers
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Crystallography
Sciences > Geology > Paleontology
ID Code:54797
Deposited On:27 Mar 2019 18:09
Last Modified:28 Mar 2019 12:20

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