Abstract

A detailed isotopic profile is presented for a stratigraphically expanded Cenomanian–Turonian boundary section in Chalk facies exposed at Eastbourne, Sussex and compared with data from Pueblo, Colorado. In both sections macro- and micropalaeontological markers (first appearances and disappearances) are well-constrained, and their relative positions and relationship to the structure of the carbon-isotope curve are identical. This consistent relationship between two independent phenomena, one geochemical, the other biostratigraphical, is taken as evidence for the likely synchroneity of both the biostratigraphical markers and the carbon-isotope excursion in these two areas. This interpretation contrasts with suggestions made recently by other authors whose data have been taken to imply a lack of correlation between the carbon-isotope excursion in Europe and North America.

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