Jerry Hooker, Margaret Collinson, Stephen Grimes, Nick Sille & David Mattey write: Recognition of the Eocene–Oligocene boundary in the Hampshire Basin, UK, has been debated since naming of the Oligocene Epoch in 1854. Previously, this was because the boundary itself had not been stabilized and because the strata concerned are largely non-marine. A Global Boundary Stratotype and Stratigraphic Point (GSSP) was established at Massignano, Italy, in 1993 in marine strata. Recognition of the boundary on extinction of the planktonic foraminiferan family Hantkeninidae made boundary identification difficult in the continental realm. Correlation to marginal marine and non-marine strata is nevertheless possible...

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