Abstract

A new conodont biostratigraphic study is presented from a key section on the flanks of the Permian-Triassic Great Bank of Guizhou, an isolated carbonate platform from South China, that has recently provided much key data for understanding the nature of this mass extinction interval. Detailed investigation at Bianyang (Guizhou Province) has revealed ten conodont zones, in ascending order: Clarkina yini Zone; Hindeodus changxingensis Zone; Hindeodus parvus Zone; Sweetospathodus kummeli Zone; Neospathodus dieneri Zone; Neospathodus cristagalli Zone; Discretella discreta Zone; Pachycladina-Parachirognathus assemblage zone; Icriospathodus collinsoni Zone; Triassospathodus homeri Zone. This allowed the Permian-Triassic boundary (PTB) to be defined in the section based on the first occurrence of Hindeodus parvus. Furthermore, it is proposed that the first occurrence of Discretella discreta can be used as an auxiliary reference for defining the Induan-Olenekian boundary when Novispathodus waageni is absent both at Bianyang and elsewhere.

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