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Carbonate platform sequences now located in Sardinia were originally located along the northern margin of the Mesozoic Tethys whereas similar platforms now outcropping in the southern Apennines-Apulia area developed along the southern margin of the Tethys. Upper Cretaceous limestones in both areas accumulated on temperate-type, ramp-like open shelves. Sediments are mostly bioerosion-derived bioclasts made up of rudists with variable proportions of benthic foraminifers, bryozoans and red algae. Non-skeletal grains are absent, and the skeletal components are indicative of the foramol sensu lato association, with clear rhodalgal characteristics in the Sardinian sequences.

Lithofacies are dominated by fine- to coarse-grained skeletal...

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