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Orbitally controlled, sedimentary cycles of the Newark Supergroup permit palyniferous Late Triassic sections to be calibrated in time. Carnian palynofloras from the Richmond basin exhibit 2-m.y. fluctuations in the spore/pollen ratio, but taxonomic composition remains stable. Diversity of Norian and Rhaetian palynofloras increases prior to a 60% reduction at the Triassic/Jurassic boundary. The extinction of Late Triassic palynomorph species is coincident with a spike in the spore/pollen ratio and approximately synchronous with the last appearances of tetrapod taxa and ichnofossil genera. This geologically brief episode of biotic turnover is consistent with bolide impact hypotheses.

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