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A review of geochronological data underlying the geological timescale for the Triassic yields a significantly different timescale calibration than that published in the most recent compilation (Geologic TimeScale 2004). This is partly due to the availability of new radio–isotopic data, but mostly because strict selection criteria are applied and complications arising from biases (both systematic and random) are accounted for in this contribution. The ages for the base and the top of the Triassic are constrained by U–Pb ages to 252.3 and 201.5 Ma, respectively. These dates also constrain the ages of major extinction events at the Permian–Triassic and...

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