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Upper Jurassic (Callovian–Portlandian)

By
Ian P. Wilkinson
Ian P. Wilkinson
1
British Geological Survey, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12, 5GG, UK
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Robin C. Whatley
Robin C. Whatley
2
Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth SY23 3DB, UK(e-mail: riw@aber.ac.uk)
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Published:
January 01, 2009

Abstract

Given the great historical interest in the stratigraphical distribution of ostracods in Britain and the fact that they were long known to occur in rock-forming abundance in the Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous ‘Purbeckian’ non-marine facies, the neglect of British Upper Jurassic marine ostracods is surprising. Nineteenth and early 20th century British workers showed little interest in the Upper Jurassic and, as discussed later, it was continental workers who were pioneers in this field at home in Germany and France, and who later initiated work on British sequences. Ostracods are both common and diverse in British Upper Jurassic marine sediments, and, although the following chapter can only provide an overview of the the most important taxa, it is hoped that it will encourage further investigation of spatial and temporal distribution patterns, especially including offshore sequences, to develop a more holistic view of Late Jurassic oceanographical and climatological environmental conditions.

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The Micropalaeontological Society, Special Publications

Ostracods in British Stratigraphy

Geological Society of London
Volume
3
ISBN electronic:
9781862396210
Publication date:
January 01, 2009

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