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A biostratigraphical review of eight exploration boreholes located within the De Soto Canyon protraction area in the Gulf of Mexico yields a repeatable and predictive evolutionary and paleoecological sequence with implications to paleogeography. The Oxfordian section within these boreholes contains primitive planktic foraminifera such as Globuligerina oxfordiana. Near the end of the Kimmeridgian (or slightly above the nannofossil Calcivascularis cassidyi extinction), nannofossils are of low abundance, and dominated by Cyclagelosphaera spp. Weakly developed benthic foraminifera abundance gives rise to Reinholdella A which is coincident with a nannofossil dominance switch to Polycostella spp. Planktic foraminifera are not observed in this...

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