Remarks on the identification of the Albian/Cenomanian boundary and taxonomic clarification of the planktonic Foraminifera index species Globotruncanoides, Brotzeni and Tehamaensis

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doi: 10.1017/S0016756814000478
Author(s): Petrizzo, Maria Rose; Caron, Michèle; Premoli Silva, Isabella
Author Affiliation(s): Primary:
Universita degli Studi di Milano, Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra A. Desio, Milan, Italy
Université de Fribourg, Switzerland
Volume Title: Geological Magazine
Source: Geological Magazine, 152(3), p.521-536. Publisher: Cambridge University Press, London, United Kingdom. ISSN: 0016-7568 CODEN: GEMGA4
Note: In English. 41 refs.; illus., incl. 1 table
Summary: The planktonic foraminifera assemblage across the Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) for the base of the Cenomanian Stage defined at Mont Risou (Haute-Alpes in France) is here restudied to clarify the identification and stratigraphic distribution of Thalmanninella globotruncanoides ( = Rotalipora globotruncanoides Sigal, 1948) and Pseudothalmanninella tehamaensis ( = Rotalipora tehamaensis Marianos & Zingula, 1966) whose appearance levels are primary and secondary criteria for placing the Albian/Cenomanian boundary. Since the ratification of the GSSP in 2002, the identification of the foraminifera index species across the Albian/Cenomanian boundary has been reported to be sometimes difficult either because of their rarity or uncertainty in the taxonomic identifications. We discuss the taxonomic status of Thalmanninella brotzeni Sigal 1948, a species regarded for a long time to be a junior synonym of Th. globotruncanoides, through images of Sigal's type materials deposited at the Musee National d'Histoire Naturelle (Paris), and elucidate the taxonomically important characters that enable unequivocal identification of Th. brotzeni, Th. globotruncanoides and Ps. tehamaensis. Planktonic foraminifera marker species from Mont Risou are compared with well-preserved specimens from Blake Nose Plateau (ODP 171B, North Western Atlantic Ocean) to verify the reliability and stratigraphic distribution of these marker taxa outside the Mediterranean Tethyan area.
Year of Publication: 2015
Research Program: ODP Ocean Drilling Program
Key Words: 10 Paleontology, Invertebrate; 12 Stratigraphy, Historical Geology and Paleoecology; Albian; Atlantic Ocean; Biostratigraphy; Blake Nose; Blake Plateau; Brotzeni; Cenomanian; Cretaceous; Europe; Faunal studies; Foraminifera; France; Globigerinacea; Globotruncanoides; Hautes-Alpes France; Index fossils; Invertebrata; Leg 171B; Lower Cenomanian; Lower Cretaceous; Mesozoic; Microfossils; Mont Risou; North Atlantic; Ocean Drilling Program; Planktonic taxa; Protista; Rotaliina; Rotalipora; Rotalipora tehamaensis; Stratigraphic boundary; Stratotypes; Taxonomy; Tehamaensis; Thalmanninella; Thalmanninella globotruncanoides; Upper Albian; Upper Cretaceous; Western Europe
Coordinates: N295500 N300900 W0760600 W0763800
Record ID: 2015078815
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