Abstract

Discriminant analysis of 80 samples from the Western Carbonate Platform Facies and the Eastern Transitional Carbonate–Siliciclastic Platform Facies of the Gun River Formation (Lower Silurian) on Anticosti Island, Quebec, indicates the degree to which different conodont communities were related to particular lithofacies. The statistical analysis reveals that during most of the Gun River Formation deposition, the conodont distributional pattern of the Western Carbonate Platform Facies and the Eastern Transitional Carbonate–Siliciclastic Platform Facies of the formation remained stable, and that the boundary of the two facies oscillated eastward and westward. The analysis indicates quantitatively that Icriodella deflecta had a nearshore environmental preference, whereas Rexroadus kentuckyensis tended to reside in offshore environments. These two species play the most important role in differentiating conodont communities and determining the relationship between conodont communities and lithofacies among all of the 22 species known from the Gun River Formation.

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