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A refined foraminiferal biostratigraphy for the Late Campanian-Early Maastrichtian succession of northeast Iraq

Jaff, Rawand B.N.; Williams, Mark; Wilkinson, Ian P.; Lawa, Fadhil; Lee, Sarah; Zalasiewicz, Jan. 2014 A refined foraminiferal biostratigraphy for the Late Campanian-Early Maastrichtian succession of northeast Iraq. GeoArabia - Middle East Petroleum Geosciences, 19 (1). 161-180.

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Abstract/Summary

Species of the benthonic foraminiferal genus Bolivinoides provide a refined biostratigraphic biozonation for the Late Campanian to Early Maastrichtian (Late Cretaceous) Shiranish Formation in NE-Iraq. Three biozones and two subzones are identified: the Bolivinoides decoratus Biozone (Late Campanian) subdivided into a lower B. decoratus Subzone and upper B. laevigatus Subzone; the B. miliaris Biozone (Earliest Maastrichtian); and the B. draco Biozone (late Early Maastrichtian). These zones can be related to the biostratigraphical interval of the Globotruncana aegyptiaca (Late Campanian), Gansserina gansseri (Latest Campanian-Early Maastrichtian) and Contusotruncana contusa (late Early Maastrichtian) planktonic foraminiferal biozones. Combined, the benthonic and planktonic foraminiferal biostratigraphy enables the informal recognition of lower and upper intervals within both the Globotruncana aegyptiaca and Gansserina gansseri biozones that may be important for more refined inter-regional correlation in the Middle East and North Africa. The new Bolivinoides biozonation precisely locates the Campanian-Maastrichtian boundary in NE Iraq.

Item Type: Publication - Article
ISSN: 1025-6059
Date made live: 16 Apr 2014 07:55 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/507074

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