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Nagy et al., 2010
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Nagy J., Hess S., Alve E. (2010) Environmental significance of foraminiferal assemblages dominated by small-sized Ammodiscus and Trochammina in Triassic and Jurassic delta-influenced deposits // Earth-Science Reviews, Vol.99, P. 31–49.

The sediment packages analyzed for benthic foraminifera consist of mudstones with interbedded sandstones deposited in shallow delta-influenced shelf to deltaic environments. The sections are located in Spitsbergen,
the Barents Sea, northern North Sea and Yorkshire, and range in age from Late Triassic to Middle Jurassic. Salient features of the foraminiferal successions are: (1) The assemblages consist entirely or dominantly of
agglutinated taxa. (2) The faunal diversities are extremely low. (3) The dominant genera are Ammodiscus and Trochammina. (4) The species are generally of small size compared to usual dimensions within the
genera. The features listed above suggest that the assemblages were adapted to restricted conditions (clearly divergent from those of a normal marine shelf), where the main limiting factors were low salinity and
reduced amount of dissolved oxygen in unstable, storm-influenced environments. Evidence for environmental conditions is obtained from modern analogues, although the large evolutionary changes in foraminifera during post-Jurassic time make it difficult to find such analogues. Additional information is derived from functional morphology, sedimentary features and paleogeography. The analyzed sediment packages show close faunal similarities suggesting opening of a marine pathway, which connected the paleo-Arctic Ocean with the western European shelf seas in Early Jurassic. A depositional biofacies model of the small-sized Ammodiscus–Trochammina assemblages envisages a deltainfluenced shelf environment, where high freshwater influx would have created a density-stratified water column with a tendency to develop hypoxic conditions in its deeper parts. The depth interval between fairweather and storm wave base (the offshore-transition zone) is indicated as the habitat of the small-sized Ammodiscus–Trochammina assemblages. In this zone, benthic biota would have been stressed by intermittent periods with moderate hypoxia combined with lowered salinity and storm impacts

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