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Silurian

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David J. Siveter
David J. Siveter
Department of Geology, University of Leicester, Leicester LE1 7RH, UK
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Published:
January 01, 2009

Abstract

The Silurian crops out over a large area embracing parts of Ireland, southern Scotland, Wales, northern England and the Welsh Borderland, and is also known from boreholes in eastern and southeastern England (Fig. 1). This region holds a richly diverse Silurian ostracod fauna containing representatives of all the major taxa of the group (Siveter 1978, 1989; Lundin et al. 1991). Palaeocope and metacope species are particularly abundant; podo-cope, platycope, myodocope and leperditicope species are present in smaller but still significant numbers. Their ecological range embraces supposed reduced salinity, coastal/fluviatile environments, and benthic and pelagic shelf and offshore marine habitats (Siveter 1984). Demonstration of their bio-stratigraphical and palaeobiogeographical utility has highlighted their scientific value (see Siveter 1978, 1989; Lundin et al. 1991). Nevertheless, the potential for further studies on British Silurian ostra-cods is high; many faunas and faunal elements remain to be documented.

The Silurian crops out over a large area embracing parts of Ireland, southern Scotland, Wales, northern England and the Welsh Borderland, and is also known from boreholes in eastern and southeastern England (Fig. 1). This region holds a richly diverse Silurian ostracod fauna containing representatives of all the major taxa of the group (Siveter 1978, 1989; Lundin et al. 1991). Palaeocope and metacope species are particularly abundant; podo-cope, platycope, myodocope and leperditicope species are present in smaller but still significant numbers. Their ecological range embraces supposed reduced salinity, coastal/fluviatile environments,

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The Micropalaeontological Society, Special Publications

Ostracods in British Stratigraphy

J. E. Whittaker
J. E. Whittaker
The Natural History Museum, London, UK
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M. B. Hart
M. B. Hart
University of Plymouth, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
3
ISBN electronic:
9781862396210
Publication date:
January 01, 2009

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