Abstract

Various opinions on the position of the Middle/Upper Triassic boundary have been concisely reviewed. The lower boundary of the Carnian Stage is accepted at the base of the Trachyceras aon Zone. The recentmost data on biostratigraphy of boundary beds of the Ladinian and Carnian Stages of the Southern Alps, Himalayas, British Columbia, northeastern Asia, Svalbard, and Arctic Canada have been considered and critically analyzed. Using sections of British Columbia with mixed Boreal and Tethyan fauna of Ammonoidea, we compared biostratigraphic schemes of the Middle/Upper Triassic boundary interval of the Boreal and Tethyan regions. On the basis of correlations and paleontological data, the lower boundary of the Carnian Stage in Northeastern Asia is suggested to be drawn at the base of the ammonoid “Protrachyceras” omkutchanicum Zone and its equivalents in other Boreal regions.

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