Abstract

A short-term radiolarite interval of Late Anisian (Late Illyrian) age was dated by means of radiolarians and conodonts in the Dinarides, Montenegro. The radiolarites, with intercalations of filament-rich limestone layers in the higher part, were deposited in deeper-water shelf areas, as documented by the underlying and overlying shallow-water carbonate succession. This Illyrian radiolarite interval is widespread in the northwestern Tethyan realm, especially in the Dinarides, and was deposited in a phase when the carbonate production decreased. The radiolarite event occurred shortly after the main subsidence pulse and the final break-up of the Neotethys ocean, and was concomitant with a prominent sea-level highstand.

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