Abstract

Carbon isotope profiles of marine carbonate units within the Cambrian-Ordovician boundary section at Black Mountain, western Queensland, Australia, reveal cyclical changes in δ13C within the Georgina basin during the boundary interval. Minimum values in the δ13C profile are found in strata bearing lithostratigraphic evidence for sea-level drop and also correlate strongly with conodont assemblage zone boundaries. These relations indicate that direct mechanistic links existed between carbon cycles, changes in sea level, and conodont evolution.

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