On the basis of palynomorph assemblages and radiometric ages, Jolley et al. (2002) proposed that the basaltic volcanism in the North Atlantic igneous province started in the Paleocene at 60 Ma, considering the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) boundary at 65 Ma. They took into account that the Staffa Group of Mull, Inner Hebrides, represents the earliest lavas of the province. The literature referred to in this paper indicates that Jolley et al. (2002) have arrived at these conclusions based on selected references without critiquing previous palynomorph literature, which would have placed the onset of the igneous activity in this province well into...

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