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Figueiredo et al., 2014
mhornДата: Thursday, 30.10.2014, 14:37 | Сообщение # 1
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Figueiredo V., Canales M.L., Henriques M.H. (2014) Foraminifera of the Toarcian-Aalenian boundary from the Lusitanian Basin (Portugal): a paleoecological analysis // Journal of Iberian Geology 40 (3), P.431-450, DOI 10.5209/rev_JIGE.2014.v40.n3.43885

A detailed study carried out on 37 well preserved benthic foraminiferal assemblages sampled throughout the upper Toarcian-middle Aalenian in two well calibrated sections representing different facies within the Lusitanian Basin (Portugal) - the Maria Pares and the Zambujal de Alcaria sections - allows interpreting the past environmental conditions. Several mathematical indexes related to diversity, which enable establishing the particular conditions to which the assemblages were submitted, were applied. All the studied assemblages are characteristic of the Jurassic carbonate platforms of the Boreal Realm, in which the genus Lenticulina usually dominates. The suborder Lagenina is the most abundant, but taking the second more abundant suborder into account, the comparison between coeval sections in the Lusitanian Basin allows the recognition of a regional gradient ranging from the distal part of the platform (Murtinheira) towards the transitional and proximal parts of the shelf (sections of Maria Pares and Zambujal de Alcaria respectively). The relative abundance values, as well as the obtained data from the diversity indexes indicate that the studied assemblages are relatively abundant and diverse, reflecting general appropriate paleoenvironmental conditions for their development. The detailed analysis of the data allows the identification in both sections of three different episodes, traducing particular environmental conditions: unstable (Mactra Subzone-lower part of the Opalinum Subzone), favorable and stable (lower part of the Opalinum Subzone-upper part of the Comptum Subzone), and unfavorable (upper part of the Comptum Subzone-lower Bradfordensis Subzone). These data are consistent with previous results obtained in the sections of Murtinheira and São Gião, located in the Northern Lusitanian Basin and corresponding to the distal and transitional parts of the platform respectively, and they aimed at contributing to a better understanding of the paleoecological conditions prevailing within the Lusitanian Basin during the Early-Middle Jurassic times.

Middle Jurassic - Lower Cretaceous ammonites & aptychi
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