Jardat R. (2010) L'évolution des peuplements d'ammonites au cours de l'Oxfordien inférieur (zone à Mariae et zone à Cordatum) du Jura (Est de la France) // Carnets de Géologie / Notebooks on Geology - Article 2010/07 (CG2010_A07). 15 pp.
The study of more than 40 sections in the "Creniceras renggeri marls" of the French Jura Range (Lower Oxfordian) has found:
• a precise biochronostratigraphic subdivison of 16 successive populations or associations which
appears to be stable over the whole geographic area concerned;
• the correlation of these populations with the Lower Oxfordian zones of the GFÉJ (French Research Jurassic Group) and with those of southern England (Weymouth) and Poland (Cracow area);
• an autecologic and synecologic analysis of Oxfordian ammonite associations in the Jura Mountains;
• an interpretation of these faunas in terms of palaeo-depth and sequence stratigraphy units.
The main results of the study are the following:
• identification of the Costicardia Subzone;
• validation of the subdivision of the Mariae Zone established by FORTWENGLER and MARCHAND (1994), with a woodhamense horizon above a scarburgense horizon;
• division of the woodhamense horizon into two units: the lower one is the woodhamense s.s. unit and the upper one includes abundant specimens of woodhamense var. normandiana SPATH;
• correlation of tectonic units on either side of the Salins fault and of some characteristics of the ammonite populations;
• identification of five steps of changes in depth in the Jura area which may be interpreted as sequence stratigraphic units: a first episode of deepening during the period bounded by the scarburgense and praemartini horizons, an episode of stability bounded by the beginning and the end of the alphacordatum horizon, a slight regressive trend that lasted throughout the duration of the praecordatum horizon, a second episode of stability that persisted from the Bukowskii Subzone to the Costicardia Subzone, and a third deepening trend during the existence of the Cordatum Subzone.