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Ichnological evidence for the environmental setting of the fossil-Lagerstaetten in the Devonian Hunsrueck Slate, Germany

Owen E. Sutcliffe, Derek E. G. Briggs and Christoph Bartels
Ichnological evidence for the environmental setting of the fossil-Lagerstaetten in the Devonian Hunsrueck Slate, Germany
Geology (Boulder) (March 1999) 27 (3): 275-278

Abstract

Analysis of the ichnology and sedimentology of the Lower Devonian Hunsruck Slate, Germany, reveals that the distribution and preservation of the famous pyritized fauna were controlled by the deposition of fine-grained turbidites that formed a firm substrate. The nature of this substrate is evidenced by the preservation of laminae and the finest details of arthropod trackways. The trace fossils are dominated by two ecological groups: those made by epifaunal organisms and those involving burrow systems connected to the sediment-water interface. Trace makers that moved through the sediment are poorly represented. The diversity of in situ body fossils and epifaunal traces confirms that conditions within the water column remained well oxygenated, even though the sediment rapidly became inhospitable. The Hunsruck Slate Konservat-Lagerstatten are remarkable in preserving soft tissues where unusual geochemical conditions prevailed in the environment where the animals lived, rather than following transport to a different setting.


ISSN: 0091-7613
EISSN: 1943-2682
Coden: GLGYBA
Serial Title: Geology (Boulder)
Serial Volume: 27
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Ichnological evidence for the environmental setting of the fossil-Lagerstaetten in the Devonian Hunsrueck Slate, Germany
Affiliation: University of Bristol, Department of Earth Sciences, Bristol, United Kingdom
Pages: 275-278
Published: 199903
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 25
Accession Number: 1999-024967
Categories: Stratigraphy
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sect.
N49°45'00" - N50°10'00", E07°00'00" - E07°30'00"
Secondary Affiliation: Deutsches Bergbau-Museum, DEU, Federal Republic of Germany
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 199909
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