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The English Chalk and London Clay: two remarkable British bony fish Lagerstätten

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Matt Friedman
Matt Friedman
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, South Park Road, Oxford OX1 3AN, UK
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Hermione T. Beckett
Hermione T. Beckett
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, South Park Road, Oxford OX1 3AN, UK
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Roger A. Close
Roger A. Close
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, South Park Road, Oxford OX1 3AN, UK
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Zerina Johanson
Zerina Johanson
Department of Earth Sciences, The Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK
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Published:
January 01, 2016

Abstract

The Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian–Maastrichtian) Chalk Group and Eocene (Ypresian) London Clay Formation are two British marine deposits that yield globally significant assemblages of fossil actinopterygian (ray-finned) fishes. Materials from these units, especially the Chalk, featured prominently in the work of Arthur Smith Woodward. Here we summarize the history of study of actinopterygian fossils from the Chalk and London Clay, review their geological and palaeoenvironmental context and provide updated faunal lists. The Chalk and London Clay are remarkable for preserving fossil fishes in three dimensions rather than as the flattened individuals familiar from many other famous Lagerstätten, as well as capturing detailed ‘snapshots’ of marine fish faunas that bracket the major taxonomic shift that took place near the Cretaceous–Palaeogene boundary.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

Arthur Smith Woodward: His Life and Influence on Modern Vertebrate Palaeontology

Z. Johanson
Z. Johanson
Natural History Museum, UK
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P. M. Barrett
P. M. Barrett
Natural History Museum, UK
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M. Richter
M. Richter
Natural History Museum, UK
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M. Smith
M. Smith
Natural History Museum, UK
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Geological Society of London
Volume
430
ISBN electronic:
9781862399624
Publication date:
January 01, 2016

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