Abstract

Probable reworked Lochkovian (early Early Devonian) brachiopods and conodonts were recovered from the basal clastic beds of the Vendom Fiord Formation in the type area on central Ellesmere Island. Although most of the fossils are reworked from underlying strata, none appear to be younger than Lochkovian. Data obtained by other workers from more northerly exposures of the Vendom Fiord Formation show that the lower part of the formation is no older than late Pragian (middle Early Devonian). Elsewhere, the North American Early Devonian eustatic sea-level minimum occurs in the Pragian and is followed by transgressive deposits of late Early Devonian age of which the Vendom Fiord Formation possibly represents the basal transgressive unit in the Arctic Archipelago.

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