Abstract

δ18O and δ13C values for the calcareous dinoflagellate species Orthopithonella? globosa (Fütterer 1984) Lentin and Williams 1985 and Pirumella krasheninnikovii (Bolli 1974) Lentin and Williams 1993 from latest Campanian and earliest Maastrichtian of ODP Hole 690C (Weddell Sea, Antarctic Ocean) have been studied in order to evaluate the species’ depth habitat in the water column and their applicability in paleoceanographic studies. The calcareous dinoflagellates show isotopic values comparable to probably shallow-dwelling planktic foraminifera from the same samples in δ18O, but have an offset of about −5‰ to −7‰ in δ13C. This suggests that calcareous dinoflagellate oxygen isotopes may provide information for paleoceanographic reconstructions of sea-surface water temperatures, whereas their extremely light carbon isotope values are probably due to photosynthetic processes.

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