Abstract

A detailed reexamination of a key Wenlock–Ludlow transition section in the Valle syncline region, Spain, and the incorportation of data from a coeval section in the Barrancos area, Portugal, both within the Ossa Morena Zone, reveal seven biostratigraphic units. These are Monograptus belophorus? and Cyrtograptus lundgreniMonograptus testis biozones, representing the upper Sheinwoodian and the preextinction, lower Homerian faunas, respectively; the Pristiograptus dubius "parvus" – Gothograptus "nassa" Concurrent Range Biozone, Colonograptus? praedeubeliColonograptus? deubeli Biozone, and Colonograptus? ludensis Biozone, representing the upper Homerian postextinction faunas; and the Ludlow Neodiversograptus nilssoni and Saetograptus fritschi linearis biozones. The extinction beds between the lower Homerian lundgreni−testis Biozone and the lowest upper Homerian dubius "parvus"−"nassa" Interval Biozone make up a several centimetre thick, soft, orange-weathered, almost barren, volcanic? bed.

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