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  1. Petrology of continental pyroclastic and epiclastic sequences in the Chubut Group (Cretaceous): Los Altares-Las Plumas area, Chubut, Patagonia Argentina

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    Marcelo Manassero; Patricia E Zalba; Renato R. Andreis; Martín Morosi

    2000-01-01

    La petrología de secuencias piroclásticas y epiclásticas en el Grupo Chubut (Cretácico): área de Los Altares-Las Plumas, Patagonia Argentina. Las sucesiones volcaniclásticas de la Formación Cerro Barcino (Grupo Chubut, Aptiano-Cenomaniano), afloran en ambas márgenes del río Chubut con 200 m de espesor. Los miembros medio: Cerro Castaño (sineruptivo, 90 m) y superior, Las Plumas (intereruptivo, 110 m) son descritos con el mapeo fotogeológico, estudios de campo y laboratorio (mineralógico, petr...

  2. Petrology of continental pyroclastic and epiclastic sequences in the Chubut Group (Cretaceous: Los Altares-Las Plumas area, Chubut, Patagonia Argentina

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    Marcelo Manassero

    2000-07-01

    The volcaniclastic successions of the Cerro Barcino Formation (Chubut Group, of Aptian-Cenomanian age, crop out on both margins of the Chubut River with a thickness of 200 m. The Middle Member Cerro Castaño (syneruptive, 90 m and the Upper Member, Las Plumas (intereruptive, 110 m are described on the basis of photogeological mapping, sections, and mineralogical, petrographical and geochemical analysis. Paleocurrents are directed to the northeast (Cerro Castaño or north (Las Plumas. An erosive boundary, located at the base of the Las Plumas Member, is reported for the first time in this contribution The pyroclastic rocks are composed, of planar, curviplanar, branching, Y-shaped shards and fibrous pumice fragments. The volcanogenic sedimentary deposits also include, vitric fragments with hematitic pigmentation (Las Plumas. Due to diagenetic processes, the glass fragments are replaced by clay minerals (smectites and scarce illite and zeolites which also appear as cementing material. Within the Cerro Castaño Member, analcime prevails assembled with less clinoptilolite, while in the Las Plumas Member, the abundant clinoptilolite is assembled with scarce analcime and mordenite. Pyroclastic sediments (ash-fall covered extended flat or slightly undulated plains, where discrete sandy rivers flowed. The presence of gravels and sandstones at the base of the Las Plumas Member and wide and shallow braided river channels are associated to tectonic events and seasonability. Eruptions were highly explosive derived from viscous and volatile-rich magmas. The abundance of fine planar and cuspate shards in the tuff suggest that the explosive center was located approximately 500 km probably to the west

  3. Un ejemplo excepcional de brechamiento (sismita? en el grupo Chubut, Patagonia An exceptional example of brecciation (seismite? in the Chubut Group, Patagonia

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    Edgardo Navarro

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Un brechamiento excepcional en unidades sedimentarias pelíticas del Grupo Chubut en la cercanía de la localidad de Telsen, provincia de Chubut, muestra que han sido afectadas por una etapa de telodiagénesis (diagénesis de exhumación. Presentan evidencias de deformación frágil relacionadas con mecanismos de sobrepresurización. Estos depósitos de edad aptiana, se disponen subhorizontales y constituyen asociaciones fluviales lateralmente extendidas. Un continuo de estructuras sedimentarias deformacionales se desarrollan enteramente sobre los depósitos pelíticos correspondientes a la asociación de facies de llanura de inundación. Cuatro intervalos fueron reconocidos de manera continua: 1 fracturado in situ, 2 brechado, 3 brechado fangosostenido y 4 homogeneizado. Conductos de escape potenciales de diversos tamaños, tienen desarrollo en el intervalo fangosostenido, que en ocasiones llegan a atravesar el intervalo superior homogéneo. El mecanismo de sobrepresurización, se habría visto favorecido por la presencia de cuerpos de areniscas conglomerádicas tobáceas confinantes (capa sello, que impidieron el escape de fluidos, permitiendo la licuefacción parcial a total y fluidización de la rocas sedimentarias de la llanura aluvial. Fallas normales reconocidas en el área, que afectan al Grupo Chubut, constituirían un elemento de juicio para establecer un origen sísmico a estas fábricas brechadas, cuya magnitud habría superado M>5 de la escala Mercalli modificada. La característica reológica frágil del material a partir del cual se originaron, convierte a estas estructuras en un ejemplo natural excepcional de brechamiento a partir de un mecanismo de sobrepresurización fosilizado.Sedimentary units of the Chubut Group in the proximity of the Telsen locality, in Chubut province affected by a telodiagenesis stage, display evidence of brittle deformation related to over-pressurizing mechanisms. These sub-planar deposits of Aptian age

  4. Procedencia de areniscas del Grupo Chubut en el área central de la Sierra de San Bernardo. Análisis preliminar Provenance of the Chubut Group Sandstones in the central area of the Sierra de San Bernardo. Preliminary analysis

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    M.A. Tunik

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Se llevaron a cabo análisis petrográficos de detalle que permitieron determinar las modas detríticas en areniscas del Grupo Chubut con el fin de inferir el marco tectónico del área de aporte de las mismas. Sobre la base de las muestras estudiadas, se observan características petrográficas distintivas entre areniscas de las Formaciones Matasiete, Castillo y Bajo Barreal. La presencia de trizas dentro de las areniscas de las Formaciones Castillo y Bajo Barreal sugeriría una depositación concomitante con volcanismo de arco activo. El ploteo de las modas detríticas en diagramas de discriminación de ambiente de procedencia mostró una diferenciación entre las unidades del Grupo Chubut. La Formación Matasiete presenta una procedencia de arco magmático no disectado, mientras que las muestras correspondientes a las Formaciones Castillo y Bajo Barreal sugieren una procedencia de arco magmático transicional o disectado. Esto último sumado a la presencia de trizas de caída directa podría explicarse por la migración del arco volcánico hacia el oeste y a la exposición de las raíces del arco volcánico del Cretácico inferior por deformación en la faja plegada concomitante con un volcanismo activo ubicado hacia el oeste de la zona de estudio.Petrographic studies were performed in order to characterize the detrital modes of the Chubut Group sandstones. Matasiete, Castillo and Bajo Barreal Formation showed distinctive petrographic characteristics. The presence of shards on the Castillo and Bajo Barreal Formations suggests that the deposition took place on an active volcanic setting. The detrital modes indicates derivation from three different environments among the Chubut Group. The Matasiete Formation shows a provenance from a non-dissected magmatic arc. Meanwhile, the detrital modes of the Castillo and Bajo Barreal Formations suggest derivation from a transitional to dissected arc. A westward migration of the volcanic arc and the

  5. Evaluation of the Cerro Solo nuclear ore, province of Chubut. The Cerro Solo project within the frame of uranium exploration in Argentina. Pt. 1

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    The Cerro Solo ore deposit was selected by the CNEA to invest in an assessment project because of their promising grade and amount of known and potential resources, significant to Argentina's uranium requirements. The deposit, which is located in the central region of the Chubut Province, belongs to the sandstone type and is hosted by the cretaceous Chubut Group. Technical studies carried out forecast an important growth of nuclear capacity to meet Argentina's energy requirements in the first two decades of of the the next century. To be in position to confront the challenge presented by increasing uranium resources to fuel the nuclear powers plants it is very important, as a first step, to improve the geological knowledge of uranium favorability in the country. The preliminary results of the Cerro Solo project indicate that the eastern slope of the Pichinan hills is a promising area for development of uranium resources, increasing the favorability of the San Jorge Basin in order to allow contributing to meet future uranium requirements. The Cerro Solo Project was planned in a sequential manner, as a multidisciplinary effort which includes studies on: geologic setting of mineralization, resource estimates, costs of mining and milling methods, economic analysis and environmental impact research. Among the mining methods, studies include the alternative of the in-situ leaching technology, which is becoming a low producing cost interesting possibility. (Author)

  6. Development of the Cerro solo deposit and uranium favorability of the San Jorge Gulf Basin, province of Chubut

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    In the future the uranium exploration activities of CNEA would tend to improve the knowledge of geology and uranium favorability; to perform prospection tasks, and research and development in exploration technologies, to contribute to be in a position to meet the requirements of the country in the long term. On the other hand, a strong growth of nuclear capacity is expected in the first two decades of the next century. Based on its promising grade, the Cerro Solo uranium ore deposit was selected in 1990 by the CNEA to carry out an assessment project. The intensive exploration level was accomplished, as follows: definition of general characteristics of the main orebodies; detailed geologic studies; estimation of resources with adequate data; and preliminary selection of mining-milling methods to estimate the potential profitability of the project. The deposit belongs to the sandstone type. The mineralized layers are distributed into the fluvial sandstones and conglomerates of the cretaceous Chubut Group, lying 50 to 130 m deep Resources of the deposit, with an average grade of 0.3% U, in tonnes of recoverable uranium at costs of up to $80/kg U, are: Reasonable Assured Resources (RAR): 800 t U, Estimated Additional Resources, Category I (EAR-I): 2100 t U. Follow-up drilling programmes are being performed at present in some of the target sites defined in the paleochannel that hosts the Cerro Solo deposit, in order to establish the hypothetical resources of the area. The sites were determined as a result of the exploration that CNEA conducted in the Pichinan uranium district. Recently a regional research project was formulated, for the detailed exploration in the San Jorge Gulf Basin, where the Chubut Group is distributed. 17 refs, 4 figs

  7. Tourism, Transnationality and Ethnolinguistic Vitality: The Welsh in the Chubut Province, Argentina

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    Johnson, Ian

    2010-01-01

    This article aims to develop the concept of ethnolinguistic vitality by adopting a qualitative approach to vitality rather than the statistical approach traditionally used. Ten small-size focus group style interviews were held with members of the Welsh-Argentinean community in the Chubut Province in the south of Argentina in order to explore…

  8. Origin of channel systems in the Upper Cretaceous chalk group of the Paris Basin

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    Esmerode, E. V.; Surlyk, Finn

    2009-01-01

    presence of at least two distinct intra-chalk discordant reflections: a Top Santonian and a Mid-Campanian reflection. These reflections are in places associated with up to 120-m-deep channel-like structures trending preferentially N-S and NW-SE. The Mid-Campanian reflection is also sporadically associated......The Upper Cretaceous Chalk Group of the Anglo-Paris Basin is known to show wedging beds and channel-like features which disrupt the quietly deposited pelagic chalk that covered most of NW Europe in the Late Cretaceous. Two-D reflection seismic data from the Brie region, SE of Paris, show the...... collapse of the Cenozoic succession over the channel-like features as a result of intra-chalk dissolution. Both reflections correlate with indurated chalk layers and hardgrounds, and represent real unconformities. The Mid-Campanian reflection is furthermore associated with a stratigraphic hiatus. A...

  9. Edades K/Ar al este del cerro Nahuel Pan, Chubut. Implicancias en la correlacion del Grupo Divisadero y del Choiyoi en el área K/Ar ages from east Nahuel Pan hills, Chubut. Implicance in the Divisadero and Choiyoi Groups correlation

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    M.E. Vattuone

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available Al este del cerro Nahuel Pan, existe una secuencia lávico piroclástica que se apoya en discordancia angular sobre una serie volcánica de composición basandesítica. Se dataron por el método K/Ar, la facies lávica dacítico-andesitica y las volcanitas basandesíticas, obteniéndose edades de 105 ± 5 Ma y de 252 ± 10 Ma respectivamente, lo que ubica a las primeras en el Cretácico, en la base del Miembro Superior del Grupo Divisadero y a las segundas en el Permotriásico, siendo equivalentes en edad al Grupo Choiyoi. Por primera vez se comprueba a esta latitud, en el faldeo oriental del área andina, la presencia de volcanitas pertenecientes a este grupo.A sequence of dacitic/andesitic flows and pyroclastic rocks, in discordance above basandesitic volcanic series at eastern Nahuel Pan hills, has been dated by K/Ar method. Samples of the flows and basandesitic volcanic rocks yield ages of 105 ± 5 Ma and 252 ± 10 Ma. These ages assign to the lavic-pyroclastic sequence a Cretaceous age (at the lower part of upper member of Divisadero Group and to the basandesitic volcanic rocks a Permotriassic age (in line with Choiyoi Group. This is the first occurrence, of the Choiyoi Group, in the eastern slope of the Andes at this latitude.

  10. Water Quality Monitoring in the Cerro Solo U District Chubut, Argentina

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    Full text: This work was carried out on behalf of the European Union INCO DC project called Water Quality in Mining Areas of Latin America. The Cerro Solo U district is located in Chubut province in the southern Patagonia region of Argentina at 43o20' south latitude and 68o45' west longitude, at 630 metres above sea level and covering an area of 420 square kilometers. The main deposit occurs as conformable layers and lenses within Cretaceous sandstones and conglomerates of the Los Adobes formation (Chubut Group). These units represent a high-energy fluvial system. The mineralized horizons occur between 60 and 120 metres below the surface. The average grade is 0.4% U, and the uranium resources (RAR + EAR I) are calculated in 4 600 tonnes of recoverable uranium. Cretaceous tuffs of the Cerro Barcino formation (Chubut Group) and Jurassic andesitic rocks of the Lonco Trapial formation complement the main local geology. In this area, a water quality monitoring network was established in order to evaluate the pre-mining hydro-geochemistry baseline of the district. The sampling stations include: exploration boreholes (8), springs and wells (5), streams (2) and an artesian well (1). The boreholes belong to the Cerro Solo deposit and represent the groundwater in contact with the mineralized bodies. The spring and well stations are located close to the deposit area and provide a source of water for human and animal consumption in the surrounding farms. The stream stations are located in the Chubut River, which is the only perennial stream in the region and represents the background for surface water quality. Finally, the artesian well represents a mineralized water source in the study area. In order to evaluate the seasonal variations in the water composition, the samples were collected both in the wet and dry periods of the year. Water samples were filtered (0.4 μm), and collected in pre-cleaned, high-density polyethylene bottles. Temperature, pH, Eh, dissolved oxygen

  11. Sedimentary Basin Analysis and Petroleum Potential of the Cretaceous Yuchon Group In Haenam Depression, SW Korea

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    Son Jin-Dam

    2000-01-01

    The Yuchon Group in the Late Cretaceous of Haenam and Mokpo area on the southwest coast of Korea peninsula can be divided into two Formations: (1) the intermediate volcanic Formation (Hwawon Formation), about 500m thick, (2)the acidic volcanic Formation (Hwangsan Formation), about 400m thick in ascending order.The former comprises intermediate volcaniclastics interlayered with volcanic rocks, and red mudrock and tuffaceous sandstone indicating fluvial deposits. The latter is subdivided into the upper part (Hwangsan Tuff Member) consisting of subaerial pyroclastics and intercalated rhyolites, and the lower part (Byeongonri Member) including subaqueous volcaniclastics, lake deltaic sandstone and gravelstone, lacustrine black shale and limestone and chert, and lake turbidite sandstone.The Late Cretaceous basin including Haenam subbasin in southwest Korea was largely formed of extensional nonmarine depressions (volcano- tectonic) bounded by NE- SW sinistral fault system.The thermal maturation based on geochemical and mineralogical studies for the black shales and tuffaceous sandstones reached the late stage of oil generation zone or gas generation stage. It seems that black shales and limestones are fairly good as source rock. The porosity of potential reservoir sandstone and tuff ranges from 5 % to 11%, but their permeability except the fractured rocks is very low ( <1md) because of fine pore throats reduced by diagenetic cementation of tuffaceous sandstones. Numerous potential traps might have been formed by the later folding and faulting along with lateral facies change and abundant mudrocks and volcaniclastics should make excellent seals.

  12. Magnetostratigraphy of the Lower Cretaceous Hekou and Liupanshan Group in NW China and its Implications for the Composite of the Cretaceous Normal Superchron (cns)

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    Dai, S.; Yan, N.; Luo, L.; Jenkyns, H. C.; Mac Niocaill, C.; Tang, Y.; Peng, D.; Wang, W.

    2015-12-01

    Are the short reversed-polarity subzones of the Cretaceous Normal Superchron (CNS) recorded in non-marine deposits? And, if so, how long did they last? These questions have been a matter of debate for some time. Lower Cretaceous terrestrial deposits in NW China, provide an opportunity to examine this problem. Here we present high-resolution magnetostratigraphic results for two Lower Cretaceous successions, the Liupanshan Group (Liupanshan Basin) and the Hekou Group (Longzhong Basin), NW China, and propose a minor revision for the CNS. The Liupanshan Group is a ~1300-m thick succession and comprises the alluvial-fluvial- lacustrine clastic sediments and carbonate rocks and gypsiferous mudstones. Samples from 457 levels were measured on the 2G cryogenic magnetometer after demagnetization. Six normal-polarity and five reversed-polarity magnetozones were obtained, which are correlated with the M3n to the M-'2r' of the GPTS of Gradstein (2012). The paleomagnetic data allow us to assign the Liupanshan Group to the interval from 131 Ma to 106 Ma (Barremian to Late Albian). The Hekou Group is 3700-m thick and consists of fluvial, lacustrine and deltaic sandstones, mudstones, conglomerates. 28 normal-polarity and 27 reversed-polarity magnetozones were observed from the thermal demagnetization for ~ 800 samples, and they can be reasonably correlated to the M15 thorough M-"2r" of GPTS of Gradstein (2012). This correlation yields an age control for the Hekou Group of 139-106 Ma (Valanginian- Albian). The different basal age of these two basins indicates that the Hekou Basin was initially developed prior to the Liupanshan Basin, but they stopped to develop almost at the same time. We found a short minus magnetozone in the upper part of the two groups, lying between M-'1r' and M-'2r' of the C34 of GPTS, equivalent to the reversed-polarity subzone (G2003) reported by Gilder et al. (2003) in a basalt from the Tuoyun Basin, NW China. Finally, we propose an alternative version for

  13. Adaptive Radiation in Socially Advanced Stem-Group Ants from the Cretaceous.

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    Barden, Phillip; Grimaldi, David A

    2016-02-22

    Across terrestrial ecosystems, modern ants are ubiquitous. As many as 94 out of every 100 individual arthropods in rainforests are ants [1], and they constitute up to 15% of animal biomass in the Amazon [2, 3]. Moreover, ants are pervasive agents of natural selection as over 10,000 arthropod species are specialized inquilines or myrmecomorphs living among ants or defending themselves through mimicry [4, 5]. Such impact is traditionally explained by sociality: ants are the first major group of ground-dwelling predatory insects to become eusocial [3], increasing efficiency of tasks and establishing competitive superiority over solitary species [6, 7]. A wealth of specimens from rich deposits of 99 million-year-old Burmese amber resolves ambiguity regarding sociality and diversity in the earliest ants. The stem-group genus Gerontoformica maintained distinct reproductive castes including morphotypes unknown in solitary aculeate (stinging) wasps, providing insight into early behavior. We present rare aggregations of workers, indicating group recruitment as well as an instance of interspecific combat; such aggression is a social feature of modern ants. Two species and an unusual new genus are described, further expanding the remarkable diversity of early ants. Stem-group ants are recovered as a paraphyletic assemblage at the base of modern lineages varying greatly in size, form, and mouthpart structure, interpreted here as an adaptive radiation. Though Cretaceous stem-group ants were eusocial and adaptively diverse, we hypothesize that their extinction resulted from the rise of competitively superior crown-group taxa that today form massive colonies, consistent with Wilson and Hölldobler's concept of "dynastic succession." PMID:26877084

  14. Environmental changes and shallow marine fossil bivalve assemblages of the Lower Cretaceous Miyako Group, NE Japan

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    Fujino, Shigehiro; Maeda, Haruyoshi

    2013-03-01

    We reconstructed the environmental changes recorded in the Lower Cretaceous Miyako Group via facies analysis and delineated the relationship between depositional facies and the occurrence of diverse marine invertebrate macrofossils. The Miyako Group consists of deposits from alluvial bay-head delta, bay-head delta front, central bay, and lower shoreface to inner shelf depositional settings. Fossil bivalve assemblages responded to shifts in these sedimentary environments. We defined three fossil bivalve assemblages from the central bay and lower shoreface to inner shelf deposits. The assemblages in the inner shelf and central bay deposits are clearly different, even though they occur within similar depositional facies. This contrast in assemblages results from environmental differences between closed and open settings; this interpretation is supported by the occurrence of stenohaline crinoids. We defined a fourth bivalve assemblage in a tsunami deposit intercalated within the bay-head delta front deposits. It consists of polygenic allochthonous shells, some that were derived from an estuarine environment or the shallow seafloor and others that were torn from small reefs.

  15. Anurans from the Lower Cretaceous Jehol Group of Western Liaoning, China

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    Dong, L.; Roček, Zbyněk; Wang, J.; Jones, M. E. H.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 8, č. 7 (2013), e69723-e69723. E-ISSN 1932-6203 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : Anurans * Lower Cretaceous Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 3.534, year: 2013

  16. On a new peirosaurid crocodyliform from the Upper Cretaceous, Bauru Group, southeastern Brazil

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    Diogenes A. Campos

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available A new crocodyliform from the Upper Cretaceous (Campanian-Maastrichtian Presidente Prudente Formation of the Bauru Group is described based on two almost complete skulls and mandibles. The material comes from the "Tartaruguito" site, situated at an old railroad between the cities of Pirapozinho and Presidente Prudente, state of São Paulo, Brazil. The new species, Pepesuchus deiseae gen. et sp. nov., is classified in the clade Peirosauridae on the basis of three synapomorphies: the presence of five premaxillary teeth, the anterior two premaxillary alveoli nearly confluent, and the oval cross-section of the jugal along the lower temporal bar. The new taxon increases the outstanding crocodyliform diversity of the Bauru Group, particularly of the Peirosauridae, which might turn out to be one of the most representative clades of gondwanan mesoeucrocodylians.Um novo crocodilomorfo da Formação Presidente Prudente, Cretáceo Superior (Campaniano-Maastrichtiano do Grupo Bauru é descrito com base em dois exemplares, consistindo de crânio e mandíbulas quase completos. O material é procedente da localidade conhecida como "Tartaruguito", situada em um antigo ramal ferroviário que ligava as cidades de Pirapozinho e Presidente Prudente, Estado de São Paulo, Brasil. A nova espécie, denominada de Pepesuchus deiseae gen. et sp. nov., é classificada no clado Peirosauridae, com base em três sinapomorfias: presença de cinco dentes pré-maxilares, os dois primeiros alvéolos da pré-maxila quase confluentes e a secção transversal do jugal ao longo da barra temporal inferior oval. O novo táxon aumenta a marcante diversidade de crocodiliformes do Grupo Bauru e dos Peirosauridae, que poderá vir a ser um dos clados mais representativos de mesoeucrocodilianos gondwânicos.

  17. Radiometric Baselines in Uranium Exploration Production Areas of Chubut Province, Argentina

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    Full text: This paper presents results of work done to establish radiation baselines in the uranium exploration - production areas that belong to the Golfo de San Jorge basin in the Chubut province, Argentina. This was accomplished through a number of National Atomic Energy Commission (CNEA) and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) supported activities (TC ARG 3/007 and TC ARG 3/008), including total and spectrometric gamma ray airborne surveys, reprocessing and back-calibration of spectrometry data and acquisition of new ground gamma ray spectrometry data. In 1956, the CNEA started the uranium exploration activities in the Patagonia Region, considering the presence of radioactive anomalies detected in boreholes drilled for oil exploration. The uranium potential of the fluvial and pyroclastic sediments of the Chubut Group of Cretaceous age was evaluated. Subsequently, extended areas where this Group outcrops were investigated, looking for uranium using gamma ray airborne surveys and other geological and geophysical exploration methods. This resulted in the discovery of several uranium deposits and the identification of hundreds of clusters of uranium anomalies. Specifically, in the 1960-1961 period, 20 000 square kilometers of the study area were covered by an airborne radiometric survey that discovered Los Adobes U deposit (Latitude: 43o21' S, Longitude: 68o45' W); while in 1971, another airborne survey conducted to the discovery of Cerro Condor U deposit (Latitude: 43o24' W, Longitude: 69o05' S), located in the western part of Los Pichinanes Range. These gamma ray surveys, flown at a 250-1000 m spacing with a NaI volume detector of 5 liters, constitute the background radiation data of these sandstone-type deposits related to paleochannel structures. Figure 3 shows the original radiation map for the Los Adobes site, and Figure 4 shows the available pre-mining radiometric map for the Cerro Condor site, included at 1.45 times the background zone. In 1971, in

  18. Report on the 3rd International Meeting of the IUGS Lower Cretaceous Ammonite Working Group, the "Kilian Group" (Vienna, Austria, 15th April 2008)

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    Reboulet, S.; Klein, J.; Barragán, R.; Company, M.; Gonzáles-Arreola, C.; Lukeneder, A.; Raisossadat, S. N.; Sandoval, J.; Szives, O.; Tavera, J. M.; Vašíček, Zdeněk; Vermeulen, J.

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 30, č. 2 (2009), s. 496-502. ISSN 0195-6671. [International Meeting of the IUDS Lower Cretaceous Ammonite Workung Group, the "Kilian Group"/3./. Vídeň, 15.4.2008-15.4.2008] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30860518 Keywords : ammonites * zonation * Hauterivian * Barremian Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 1.221, year: 2009 www.elsevier.com/locate/CretRes

  19. Sedimentary record of terminal Cretaceous accretions in Ecuador : the Yunguilla Group in the Cuenca area

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    Jaillard, Etienne; Bengtson, Peter; Ordoñez, Martha; Vaca, Wilmer; Dhondt, Annie,; Suárez, Johnny; Toro Álava, Jorge

    2008-01-01

    A reappraisal of the "Late Cretaceous Yunguilla Formation" of the Cuenca area enables the definition of four distinct formations, correlatable with those of southwestern Ecuador. A mid- to late-Campanian marine transgression (Jadan Formation) is overlain by quartz-rich conglomerates of fan-delta to turbiditic fan environment (Quimas Formation) of latest Campanian-earliest Maastrichtian age, which Lire interpreted as evidence of the accretion of a first oceanic terrane (San Juan). Disconformab...

  20. Programa provincial de lectura del Chubut

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    Natalia Alejandra Alaniz

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available En el marco del proyecto “Dispositivos pedagógicos en las dinámicas de lavida escolar en contexto de pobreza urbana” lo que se propuso investigar es la forma de implementación del Programa de Lectura de la provincia de Chubut. El mismo fue creado por Resolución Ministerial N° 1044/ 08, a partir de diversos trabajos que comenzaron en el año 2003 a través de la Ley de Educación 26. 026, y que posteriormente se incorporaron a nivel provincial mediante la Resolución N ° 174/12 para revalorizar las trayectorias escolares de cada niño/a. El programa consiste en poner el énfasis en el vínculo pedagógico mediante la adecuación de los espacios curriculares, de tal modo que se pueda lograr una articulación entre los diferentes niveles educativos, desde el nivel inicial al secundario. Articulando para ello recursos materiales y humanos que posibiliten el acompañamiento del proceso de enseñanza y aprendizaje de lectura.A partir de esto, el objetivo de este trabajo fue indagar cómo perciben los docentes de una escuela pública la implementación del Programa Provincial de Lectura, lo que implico utilizar metodologías y técnicas de investigación apropiadas para obtener las experiencias actuales en el territorio y en la cotidianidad de los propios actores escolares. Teniendo en consideración que el dispositivo pedagógico es una construcción histórica, que produce subjetividades, y por consiguiente formas de ver y entender el mundo.

  1. Redefinición estratigráfica del grupo Río Chico (Paleógeno Inferior, en el norte de la cuenca del golfo San Jorge, Chubut Stratigraphic redefinition of Río Chico Group (Early Paleogene in the north of the Golfo San Jorge basin, Chubut

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    María Sol Raigemborn

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available El Grupo Río Chico (Paleoceno Superior-Eoceno Medio, de origen continental y aflorante en la cuenca del Golfo San Jorge, aun no cuenta con un esquema litoestratigráfico adecuado que contemple las variaciones y relaciones espaciales de sus unidades integrantes. En este trabajo, restringido arealmente al norte de la cuenca, se redefinen sus cuatro formaciones que de base a techo son: Las Violetas, Peñas Coloradas, Las Flores y Koluel-Kaike. La relación inferior del grupo con la Formación Salamanca es de tipo transicional y se resuelve en un intervalo estratigráfico denominado en este trabajo niveles transicionales. La Formación Las Violetas se circunscribe al centro del área de estudio, borde norte de la cuenca, donde se manifiesta una posible relación de lateralidad con la Formación Peñas Coloradas. Esta última muestra un importante desarrollo en la zona costera y occidental, sin aflorar en el área central de estudio. La Formación Las Flores alcanza su mayor espesor en la zona central (facies más gruesas y disminuye hacia el este y oeste (facies más finas. La Formación Koluel-Kaike posee sus facies típicas y mayores espesores hacia el oeste, mientras que hacia el centro y este se acuña hasta desaparecer en el borde norte de la cuenca. La relación superior de esta última unidad con la suprayacente Formación Sarmiento es de tipo transicional.The Río Chico Group (Late Paleocene-Middle Eocene, which is continental in origin and outcrop in Golfo San Jorge basin, has not got a suitable lithostratigraphic scheme yet which considers variations and spatial relationships of its internal units. In this paper, restricted to the north of the basin, four formations are redefined from base to top: Las Violetas, Peñas Coloradas, Las Flores and Koluel-Kaike. The lower relationship of this group with Salamanca Formation is transitional and it is resolved in a stratigraphic interval called in this paper transitional levels. Las Violetas

  2. Nueva edad de la base del grupo Chubut en la mena uranífera Cerro Solo, provincia del Chubut

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    Nilda Marveggio

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo se analizan las características litológicas de la roca hospedante de la mineralización de uranio del yacimiento Cerro Solo, que corresponde al miembro inferior de la Formación Los Adobes, unidad basal del Grupo Chubut en su sector norte. Se analiza la asociación de polen angiospérmico de allí recuperada, y en base a ese análisis, se establece una edad albiana temprana para la asociación polínica, que determina una edad más joven que la considerada hasta el momento para el inicio de la depositación de las sedimentitas del Grupo Chubut en el depocentro del yacimiento Cerro Solo.

  3. Indigenous identity and textiles: an economic policy strategies in the province of Chubut La identidad indígena y sus textiles: estrategias de una política económica en la provincia de Chubut

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    Patricia María Méndez

    2010-01-01

    From the conception of the identity of individuals and of the groups as an elaboration, arises that the current indigenous identity employed by the state in the province of Chubut is functional to a policy which aims to prevent the emigration of the few people in rural areas of the province. It affirms that such a strategy is not new and that in the past other versions of this identity have also been useful to legitimate power projects. Through ethnographic and historical work, we explore som...

  4. Mineralogical data on angelaite, Cu2AgPbBiS4, from the Los Manantiales District, Chubut, Argentina

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    Topa, D.; Paar, W.H.; Putz, H.;

    2010-01-01

    Angelaite, ideally Cu2AgPbBiS4, occurs as a hypogene mineral in polymetallic ores at the Ángela groups of veins in the mining district of Los Manantiales, in the province of Chubut, Argentina. The new mineral species is predominantly associated with pyrite, sphalerite, chalcopyrite, hematite......, native gold and galena; less common associates are aikinite, wittichenite, miharaite and cervelleite. Angelaite forms subhedral, commonly oriented inclusions in galena; these may attain a size of up to 200 3 50 mm. The mineral is grey in color with a brownish tint, opaque, and lacks internal reflections...

  5. Analysis of sedimentary rocks from the Jurassic/Cretaceous boundary: INAA and RNAA of platinum group elements

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    Within a geophysical and paleontological project aimed at a detailed and precise correlation of the Jurassic/Cretaceous (J/K) boundary interval in the Tethyan and Boreal region, detailed magnetostratigraphic and biostratigraphic profiles with a well-defined J/K boundary were selected from several sites for a detailed geochemical characterization. Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) was employed in the characterization of a vertical profile around the assumed J/K boundary in the Boreal Realm situated on the Nordvik peninsula, North of Middle Siberia, Russia, for which a platinum group element (PGE) anomaly has been reported in literature. Multimode INAA included short-time and long-time modes of irradiation either with reactor-pile neutrons or with epithermal/fast neutrons (ENAA) under a Cd shielding. The analyses encompassed about 40 major and trace elements. A radiochemical separation procedure for PGE determination consisting in sample decomposition by alkaline-oxidative fusion, reduction of PGE, and precipitation of their sulfides was tested. Despite difficulties, elevated levels of Pt and Ir were determined in selected samples at ppb and sub-ppb levels, respectively

  6. Geología de la quebrada Honda, cuenca del lago La Plata, Chubut Geology of the Quebrada Honda, basin of Lago La Plata, Chubut

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    G.V. Depine

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    Full Text Available La quebrada Honda, situada en el sur de la cuenca de los lagos La Plata y Fontana, en la provincia de Chubut, presenta una columna estratigráfica que comienza en el Jurásico superior con rocas calcoalcalinas de arco volcánico intermedias a ácidas de la Formación Lago La Plata. Las rocas sedimentarias que rellenan la cuenca de intraarco neocomiana corresponden al Grupo Coyhaique, dentro del cual se encuentran las Formaciones Tres Lagunas y Katterfeld, que se ubican dentro de un modelo paleoambiental como cortejo sedimentario de borde de plataforma, sucedido por un cortejo transgresivo, cuya edad es acotada al Hauteriviano inferior, debido al hallazgo de restos de Favrella americana en pelitas de la Formación Katterfeld. Vinculados con la extensión que da lugar a la cuenca se registran los cuerpos hipabisales calcoalcalinos básicos del Gabro Quebrada Honda y se los relaciona con un volcanismo de características más evolucionadas de la Formación Don Rueda, de edad neocomiana tardía. Si bien este magmatismo de arco volcánico es subaéreo, presenta indicios de interacción con cuerpos de agua por lo que corrobora la concomitancia de este evento con la sedimentación póstuma de Grupo Coyhaique. Se registra un evento de inversión tectónica que tendría una edad máxima de 80 Ma.The quebrada Honda is situated in the Lago La Plata-Fontana basin in Chubut. The stratigraphy of the area begins in the Upper Jurassic with the calc-alkaline intermediate to acidic Lago La Plata Formation rocks. The Neocomian Coyhaique Group, which includes the Tres Lagunas and Katterfeld Formations, is the sedimentary filling of the intraarc basin that was developed by that time. These units are included in a paleoenviromental model as a shelf-margin system tract followed by a transgressive system tract. The discovery of Favrella americana in the Katterfeld Formation constrains to the Early Hauterivian the age of these sequences. The hypabissal calc

  7. Biostratigraphy and carbon isotope stratigraphy of uppermost Cretaceous-lower Cenozoic Muzzle Group in middle Clarence valley, New Zealand

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    Muzzle Group strata exposed along southeast-flowing tributaries of the Clarence River valley, Marlborough, record hemipelagic-pelagic sedimentation across a high latitude (c. 55 degrees S), terrigenous sediment-starved, continental margin from latest Cretaceous to middle Eocene times. Studies of dinoflagellates, foraminifera, calcareous nannofossils, and radiolarians have been integrated with bulk carbonate δ13C profiles to establish the chronostratigraphy for two stratigraphic sections along Bluff and Muzzle Streams, middle Clarence valley. The two sections comprise similar successions. Uppermost Cretaceous (upper Haumurian) micritic limestone of Mead Hill Formation is overlain unconformably by Teredo Limestone, a c. 0.25 m thick bed of highly glauconitic, calcareous sandstone. This unit, the basal member of Amuri Limestone, is overlain conformably by c. 15 m thick Lower Limestone, micritic limestone that is glauconitic at base and progressively more marl-rich in its upper part. Lower Limestone grades up into Lower Marl, a poorly exposed, 40-70 m thick unit of alternating marl and micritic limestone beds. Biostratigraphy indicates that the base of Amuri Limestone is younger at Bluff Stream (earliest Eocene, early Waipawan) than at Muzzle Stream (late Paleocene, late Teurian). In the condensed (12 m) upper Paleocene-lower Eocene Amuri Limestone sequence at Muzzle Stream, a trend in δ13C from high (≥2.4 permille) to low (≤1 permille) values is consistent with global records across three major climate or carbon cycle perturbations: the late Paleocene carbon isotope maximum (PCIM, 59-56 Ma), the initial Eocene thermal maximum (IETM, 55.5 Ma), and the early Eocene climatic optimum (EECO, 53-50 Ma). Probably only the upper PCIM is preserved in the 4 m thick siliceous limestone interval overlying Teredo Limestone. The IETM is well-defined by a 1 permille negative δ13C excursion at the base of a 0.8 m thick marl-rich unit (Dee Marl), 5 m above the base of Lower

  8. Stratigraphic evolution of a long-lived submarine channel system in the Late Cretaceous Nanaimo Group, British Columbia, Canada

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    Bain, Heather A.; Hubbard, Stephen M.

    2016-05-01

    Submarine canyons and slope channel systems are important conveyers of sediment from uplifted catchments to oceanic sedimentary sinks. Long-lived conduits can be established through deep incision of submarine canyons, with bathymetric relief of hundreds of meters to greater than a kilometer in many instances. Alternatively, a combination of erosion of the continental slope and aggradation of levees can yield a broadly comparable stratigraphic product through evolution of channels with more subdued bathymetric relief. Despite differences in formative geomorphic elements on the paleo-seafloor, differentiating the stratigraphic architecture amongst these systems is challenging, particularly in outcrop datasets. Accurate stratigraphic interpretation has significant implications for understanding the frequency and magnitude of controlling processes such as mountain building and denudation or eustatic sea-level fluctuations. In this study, deep-water channel strata of the Late Cretaceous Nanaimo Group are examined at Hornby and Denman islands, British Columbia, Canada. Evidence for a long-lived submarine conduit records the history of sediment transfer at multiple temporal and spatial scales. The composite submarine channel system deposit is 19.5 km wide and 1500 m thick, which formed and filled over ~ 15 Ma. Facies scale analyses highlight conglomeratic channel fill juxtaposed against thin-bedded out-of-channel deposits. Erosional surfaces are commonly mantled by mass-transport deposits, which provide evidence for conduit wall reworking and maintenance. At a larger scale, a series of composite, conglomerate-prone channelform bodies are observed to stratigraphically stack in two distinct phases: (1) early persistence of laterally offset (migrated) channels; and (2) later vertically aligned and aggraded channels. This stratigraphic trend is comparable to composite, multi-phase degradational-aggradational submarine channel complexes observed globally. As such, we consider

  9. A new turtle from the Upper Cretaceous Bauru Group of Brazil, updated phylogeny and implications for age of the Santo Anastácio Formation

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    Menegazzo, Mirian Costa; Bertini, Reinaldo José; Manzini, Flávio Fernando

    2015-03-01

    A new Podocnemidinura specimen from the Upper Cretaceous Bauru Group (Paraná Basin) of southeastern Brazil was described. The Bauru Group provided an important portrait of the Brazilian Mesozoic terrestrial biota, which boasts a vertebrate fauna formed from fishes, frogs, lacertilians, crocodyliforms, dinosaurs and mammals; records of palynomorphs; and invertebrate fauna consisted of gastropods, bivalves, ostracods and conchostracans. Nevertheless, the age of these continental deposits is not precisely estimated, which prevents global correlations, and its fauna is argued to be endemic. The new specimen described is the first turtle from the Santo Anastácio Formation, and its morphological comparison with other South American forms provided a significant advancement in the understanding of the age of this unit (Late Cretaceous). This study permitted a revision of the turtle taxa of the Bauru Group. As a result, some taxa were considered synonym, including the new Santo Anastácio form. The specimen is still unnamed due to the absence of skull characters that preclude its accurate positioning within the Bauru Group skull-based taxa. In addition, the phylogenetic affinities of this taxon were analyzed into Podocnemidinura clade.

  10. New occurrences of microvertebrate fossil accumulations in Bauru Group, Late Cretaceous of western São Paulo state, Brazil

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    Alveş, Y. M.; Bergqvist, L. P.; Brito, P. M.

    2016-08-01

    In this work, we present the results of several palaeontological expeditions to four Upper Cretaceous fossil microsites of the Adamantina and Presidente Prudente formations in western São Paulo State, Brazil. Despite the fragmentary condition of the fossils recovered, they represent an important record of vertebrate microremains. The material, recovered through screen washing, comprises teeth and scales of Lepisosteidae; two morphotypes of Halecostomi teeth with similarities to Characiformes and Amiiformes; a Teleostei tooth of molariform shape; fin spines of Siluriformes; teeth of possible Baurusuchidae, Notosuchia (probably Adamantinasuchus or Mariliasuchus), Neosuchia (probably Itasuchus or Goniopholis), and other Mesoeucrocodylia indet.; probable teeth of Abelisauroidea, other Theropoda indet., and a phalanx of Aves. The comparative microvertebrate fossil accumulation from western São Paulo State provides evidence that: 1) floodplain channels accumulate large concentrations of microremains; 2) coarse sandstone privileges enamel tissues like teeth and scales; 3) new vertebrate fossil records have been discovered in Florida Paulista, Alfredo Marcondes, and Alvares Machado outcrops.

  11. Forced sea-level change in a forearc basin related to subduction of a spreading ridge: the Fossil Bluff Group (Jurassic-Cretaceous), Alexander Island, Antarctic Peninsula

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    Macdonald, David

    2015-04-01

    During the Mesozoic, the Antarctic Peninsula was the site of an active volcanic arc related to the eastwards subduction of proto-Pacific oceanic crust. Alexander Island is the largest of the many islands that lie on the western (fore-arc) side of the Antarctic Peninsula; it forms one of the best-exposed ancient fore-arcs in the world. The pre-Tertiary rocks can be divided into two main units. The LeMay Group (Jurassic-Tertiary) forms the structural basement to Alexander Island and comprises greenschist-facies metasedimentary rocks. It is interpreted as a Mesozoic accretionary prism. The Fossil Bluff Group unconformably overlies and is faulted against the LeMay Group; it represents the sedimentary fill of a coeval fore-arc basin. Subduction ceased due to a series of Cenozoic ridge-trench collisions which began off Alexander Island at 50 Ma and got progressively younger to the north. However, the approach of the ridge can be inferred from the Mesozoic deposits of the Fossil Bluff Group (Jurassic-Cretaceous) in Alexander Island. In this paper, I will show that the ocean floor being subducted became progressively shallower through Jurassic and Cretaceous time (by at least 1,000 m). The result in the forearc basin was a sudden shallowing in water depths from at least 1,000 m at 125 Ma, to emergent at 100 Ma. This forced shallowing ended sedimentation in the basin and resulted in considerable topography on Alexander Island that persists to the present day.

  12. Indigenous identity and textiles: an economic policy strategies in the province of Chubut La identidad indígena y sus textiles: estrategias de una política económica en la provincia de Chubut

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    Patricia María Méndez

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available From the conception of the identity of individuals and of the groups as an elaboration, arises that the current indigenous identity employed by the state in the province of Chubut is functional to a policy which aims to prevent the emigration of the few people in rural areas of the province. It affirms that such a strategy is not new and that in the past other versions of this identity have also been useful to legitimate power projects. Through ethnographic and historical work, we explore some physical and social characteristics of rural areas of that province, some provincial regulations of government agencies, and certain attributes, preterits and present, of the indigenous identity employed by the state and of one of its symbols, Mapuche tissues. Laterally it refers in what way this identity is considered by some identified.A partir de la concepción de la identidad de las personas y de los grupos como una elaboración, se plantea que la actual identidad indígena empleada por el Estado en la provincia de Chubut resulta funcional a una política que pretende evitar la emigración de los escasos pobladores de las zonas rurales de la provincia. Se afirma que tal estrategia no es novedosa y que en el pasado otras versiones de esa identidad también han resultado útiles a los proyectos del poder legítimo. Mediante un trabajo etnográfico e histórico, se analizan algunas características físicas y sociales de la zona rural de esa provincia, algunas normativas de organismos gubernamentales provinciales, y ciertos atributos pretéritos y actuales de la identidad indígena empleada por el Estado y de uno de sus símbolos, los tejidos mapuches. Lateralmente se refiere de qué manera esa identidad es considerada por algunos identificados.

  13. Communication regarding the geology and vertebrate palaeontology of the Adamantina formation (Bauru group, Upper Cretaceous in Campina Verde, Minas Gerais State, Brazil

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    A. Candeiro Carlos Roberto

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Several geological events occurred onthe surface of the earth with the division of the megacontinent Gondwana, including volcanic activity involving extensive lava flows, thus locally and regionally altering the surface's geology. Lava flows in the Serra Geral formation predominantly consist of volcanic lava fissure-derived basalt. Sedimentation upon extrusive igneous rocks occurred after this volcanic event, leading to the deposition of sediments from three formations (Adamantina, Uberaba, and Marília collectively comprising the upper Cretaceous Bauru group, beginning about 83 million years ago. This was a period when large animals inhabited the planet, including the study area; the Adamantina formation is the largest and oldest. The city of Campina Verde is located there and is where most studies were carried out; the region is known as fossil field.

  14. Polen de las Mieles de la Patagonia Andina (Chubut-Argentina) Pollen of honeys from the Andean Patagonia (Chubut-Argentina)

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    Alicia Forcone; José García; Gabriela Ayestarán

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    Se describen e ilustran mediante fotomicrografías tomadas con MO y MEB, 30 tipos polínicos, determinados en las mieles producidas en la región andina de Chubut (Patagonia Argentina). Los tipos morfológicos descriptos pertenecen a las siguientes familias: Alstroemeriaceae, Apiaceae, Buddlejaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Celastraceae, Clusiaceae, Convolvulaceae, Ericaceae, Elaeocarpaceae, Fabaceae, Fagaceae, Lamiaceae, Papaveraceae, Polemoniaceae, Polygalaceae, Proteaceae, Ranunculacea...

  15. Petrologic and isotopic data from the Cretaceous (Campanian) Blackhawk Formation and Star Point Sandstone (Mesaverde Group), Wasatch Plateau, Utah

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    Fishman, Neil S.; Turner, Christine E.; Peterson, Fred

    2013-01-01

    The presence of discrete minerals associated with coal—whether (1) detrital or authigenic constituents of the coals or in thin mudstone or siltstone units interbedded with coals, or (2) authigenic phases that formed along cleats—might influence its utilization as an energy resource. The build-up of sintered ash deposits on the surfaces of heat exchangers in coal-fired power plants, due to the alteration of minerals during combustion of the coal, can seriously affect the functioning of the boiler and enhance corrosion of combustion equipment. In particular, the presence of sodium in coals has been considered a key factor in the fouling of boilers; however, other elements (such as calcium or magnesium) and the amount of discrete minerals burned with coal can also play a significant role in the inefficiency of and damage to boilers. Previous studies of the quality of coals in the Cretaceous (Campanian) Blackhawk Formation of the Wasatch Plateau, Utah, revealed that the sodium content of the coals varied across the region. To better understand the origin and distribution of sodium in these coals, petrologic studies were undertaken within a sedimentological framework to evaluate the timing and geochemical constraints on the emplacement of sodium-bearing minerals, particularly analcime, which previously had been identified in coals in the Blackhawk Formation. Further, the study was broadened to include not just coals in the Blackhawk Formation from various localities across the Wasatch Plateau, but also sandstones interbedded with the coals as well as sandstones in the underlying Star Point Sandstone. The alteration history of the sandstones in both formations was considered a key component of this study because it records the nature and timing of fluids passing through them and the associated precipitation of sodium-bearing minerals; thus, the alteration history could place constraints on the distribution and timing of sodium mineralization in the interbedded or

  16. Chemical characteristics of Upper Cretaceous (Turonian) jet of the Gosau Group of Gams/Hieflau (Styria, Austria)

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    Bechtel, A.; Gratzer, R.; Sachsenhofer, R.F. [Institut fuer Geowissenschaften, Prospektion und Angewandte Sedimentologie, Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Peter-Tunner-Str. 5, A-8700 Leoben (Austria)

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    Jet and coaly sediments within the Upper Cretaceous (Gosau) Schoenleiten Formation were collected from two outcrops near Gams/Hieflau (Styria, Austria). For comparison, additional jet and coal samples from different Gosau localities were included in the study. The identification of jet as bituminous driftwood (collotelinite) has been provided by microscopical examination of organic matter [Kollmann, H.A. and Sachsenhofer, R.F., Mitt. Ref. Geol. und Palaeont. Landesmuseum Joanneum SH 2 (1998) 223]. Rock-Eval analyses revealed enhanced HI and lower T{sub max} values of jet compared with the coals and coaly shales. The results reflect the higher contents of bituminous organic matter compared to vitrain-rich coals of similar maturity. In comparison with the coals and coaly shales, high amounts of liberated hydrocarbons (mg HC/g C{sub org}) are in contrast to generally lower yields of soluble organic matter during extraction with dichloromethane, indicating that portions of the hydrocarbons are liberated from lipids loosely bound to kerogen during pyrolysis. Further differences in n-alkane distribution patterns, odd over even predominance, pristane/phytane, and pristane/n-C{sub 17} ratios exist between jet, coals and coaly shales. The microbial origin of short-chain n-alkanes presumably resulted from the degradation of the predominant odd-numbered long-chain n-alkanes within the jet. The occurrence of biological markers (sesqui and diterpenoids) within the sediments (coaly shales), coals and jet samples indicates the origin of terrestrial organic matter from conifers. Biomarker composition of jet samples indicates enhanced aromatisation of sesqui and diterpenoids. These results correspond to enhanced aromatisation of steranes, as reflected by generally higher relative contents of triaromatic steroids in the jet. Because of comparable maturation (0.5-0.6% R{sub r}) of the coals, coaly shales and the jet samples, confirmed by the isomerisation of {alpha}{beta} C{sub 31

  17. Distribution of palaeosols and deposits in the temporal evolution of a semiarid fluvial distributary system (Bauru Group, Upper Cretaceous, SE Brazil)

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    Basilici, Giorgio; Bo, Patrick Führ Dal'; de Oliveira, Emerson Ferreira

    2016-07-01

    The stratigraphic and sedimentological knowledge of the Bauru Group (Upper Cretaceous, SE Brazil) is still generally insufficient and controversial. A sedimentological and palaeopedological study allowed to interpret the south-eastern portion of the Bauru Group according to the model of a fluvial distributary system. This work has two objectives: (1) to include palaeosols in the interpretation of a fluvial distributary system and (2) to give detailed information on the sedimentological and stratigraphic features of the SE portion of the Bauru Group in order to support biostratigraphical, taphonomic and palaeoecological studies. In the south-eastern portion of the Bauru Group, three genetic stratigraphic units were described and interpreted, here informally called lower, intermediate and upper units. The lower unit is constituted of muddy sandstone salt flat deposits and sandstone sheet deltas deposits and is interpreted as a basinal part of a fluvial distributary system. The intermediate unit is formed of very fine to fine-grained sandstone-filled ribbon channel and sandy sheet-shaped beds, suggesting a distal or medial portion of a fluvial distributary system. The upper unit does not match with the present models of the fluvial distributary system because mostly constituted of moderately developed, well-drained, medium- to fine-grained sandstone palaeosols, which testify pauses of sedimentation to the order of 104 years. Preserved features of sedimentary structures suggest that the parent material was formed by occasional catastrophic unconfined flows. This unit may represent the most distal portion of a fluvial distributary system generated by retrogradation of the alluvial system due to aridification of the climate. The upper unit may be interpreted also as proximal portion of fluvial distributary system if considering the coarser-grained and the well-drained palaeosols. However, the absence of channel deposits makes this interpretation unconvincing.

  18. Depositional Environments of Late Danian Plant Localities: Chubut Provice, Patagonia, Argentina

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    Comer, E.; Slingerland, R. L.; Wilf, P.

    2010-12-01

    Diverse, well-preserved macroflora are observed within Cretaceous and Paleocene sediments of Chubut Province, Patagonia, Argentina. These macroflora are the most well preserved early Paleocene flora from Gondwana and add new insight into the diversity and environments of that epoch. Two major sites of fossil preservation, Palacio de los Loros and Parque Provincial Ormachea, sit near the top of the Late Danian (65.5-61.7 Ma) Salamanca Formation. Understanding the depositional history of the Salamanca is important in characterizing paleoenvironments in which these flora lived and relating these Patagonian macroflora to concurrent Paleocene flora within the Gondwanan supercontinent. During a two week field season, twenty stratigraphic sections were measured along the outcrop belt at Palacio de los Loros and Ormachea Park as well as two minor sites; Las Flores, and Rancho Grande. Photo mosaics, laser ranger data, and stratigraphic columns were merged with elevated geologic maps and imported into Fledermaus to generate a 3-D visualization of facies relationships. Rock samples were also collected and will be thin sectioned and analyzed for petrography and grain size. The Salamanca Fm. consists of 7 facies, listed here in stratigraphically ascending order: 1)Transgressive sands, 2)Wispy-bedded claystone, 3)Banco Verde, 4)White Cross bedded sandstone, 5)Accretion set siltstone, 6)Transitional silty claystone and 7)Banco Negro. Based on these facies, the Salamanca Fm. is interpreted as a marine-shelf to brackish, tide-dominated, estuarine deposit. The base of the Salamanca Fm. rests on an unconformity representing a marine flooding surface and lower sections of the Salamanca, facies 1 and 2, contain abundant glauconite and fossils indicative of a marine shelf environment. These facies give way upwards to bi-directional trough cross bedded sandstones interspersed with flaser bedded sandy siltstones (facies 3 and 4) indicating a less marine estuary with strong flow regimes

  19. Cretaceous to Paleogene geology of the Salar de Atacama basin, northern Chile : a reappraisal of the Purilactis Group stratigraphy

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    Mpodozis, C.; Arriagada, C.; Roperch, Pierrick

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    De nouvelles données stratigraphiques, géochronologiques, structurales et paléomagnétiques acquises lors de l'étude de la bordure orientale de la Cordillère de Domeyko à la latitude du Salar d'Atacma nous permettent de préciser la stratigraphie du Groupe Purilactis. Celui-ci comprend une succession de 7 séquences sédimentaires et volcaniques. L'observation de la polarité normale dans les unités inférieures du Groupe Purilactis suggère un âge crétacé moyen pour ces unités. Les noveaux âges rad...

  20. Scenedesmus Quadricauda growth in sewage effluents of Trelew City, Chubut, Argentina

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    Méndez Suaza, L.; Albarracín, I.; Cravero, M.; Salomón, R.

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    La creciente problemática frente al tratamiento de aguas residuales y su posible reuso, ha planteado sistemas biológicos que remuevan los contaminantes manteniendo el ecosistema y disminuyendo costos. Este trabajo consiste en un ensayo de biorremediación, evaluando la tasa de crecimiento de Scenedesmus quadricauda cultivada en efluentes domiciliarios de la ciudad de Trelew, Chubut, Argentina. Diariamente se determina conductividad, pH y densidad celular. Al inicio y al final del e...

  1. Polen de las Mieles de la Patagonia Andina (Chubut-Argentina Pollen of honeys from the Andean Patagonia (Chubut-Argentina

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    Alicia Forcone

    2006-07-01

    Full Text Available Se describen e ilustran mediante fotomicrografías tomadas con MO y MEB, 30 tipos polínicos, determinados en las mieles producidas en la región andina de Chubut (Patagonia Argentina. Los tipos morfológicos descriptos pertenecen a las siguientes familias: Alstroemeriaceae, Apiaceae, Buddlejaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Celastraceae, Clusiaceae, Convolvulaceae, Ericaceae, Elaeocarpaceae, Fabaceae, Fagaceae, Lamiaceae, Papaveraceae, Polemoniaceae, Polygalaceae, Proteaceae, Ranunculaceae, Rosaceae, Saxifragaceae, Solanaceae, Thymelaceae y Verbenaceae. La mayoría de los tipos polínicos descriptos fueron hallados en las mieles como polen de menor importancia o traza con excepción de Aristotelia chilensis y Escallonia sp., que alcanzaron la categoría de polen dominante, y de Lomatia hirsuta, hallada como polen secundario.Thirty pollen types identified in the honeys from the Andean region of Chubut are described and illustrated by means of LM and SEM photomicrographs. Pollen types belong to the following families: Alstroemeriaceae, Apiaceae, Buddlejaceae, Caryophyllaceae, Caprifoliaceae, Celastraceae, Clusiaceae, Convolvulaceae, Ericaceae, Elaeocarpaceae, Fabaceae, Fagaceae, Lamiaceae, Papaveraceae, Polemoniaceae, Polygalaceae, Proteaceae, Ranunculaceae, Rosaceae, Saxifragaceae, Solanaceae, Thymelaceae, and Verbenaceae. Most pollen types described were found in the honeys as minor important pollen or traces, except Aristotelia chilensis, Escallonia sp., which reached the category of dominant pollen, and Lomatia hirsuta, which was found as secondary pollen.

  2. Un ejemplo excepcional de brechamiento (sismita? en el grupo Chubut, Patagonia

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    Edgardo Navarro

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available Un brechamiento excepcional en unidades sedimentarias pelíticas del Grupo Chubut en la cercanía de la localidad de Telsen, provincia de Chubut, muestra que han sido afectadas por una etapa de telodiagénesis (diagénesis de exhumación. Presentan evidencias de deformación frágil relacionadas con mecanismos de sobrepresurización. Estos depósitos de edad aptiana, se disponen subhorizontales y constituyen asociaciones fluviales lateralmente extendidas. Un continuo de estructuras sedimentarias deformacionales se desarrollan enteramente sobre los depósitos pelíticos correspondientes a la asociación de facies de llanura de inundación. Cuatro intervalos fueron reconocidos de manera continua: 1 fracturado in situ, 2 brechado, 3 brechado fangosostenido y 4 homogeneizado. Conductos de escape potenciales de diversos tamaños, tienen desarrollo en el intervalo fangosostenido, que en ocasiones llegan a atravesar el intervalo superior homogéneo. El mecanismo de sobrepresurización, se habría visto favorecido por la presencia de cuerpos de areniscas conglomerádicas tobáceas confinantes (capa sello, que impidieron el escape de fluidos, permitiendo la licuefacción parcial a total y fluidización de la rocas sedimentarias de la llanura aluvial. Fallas normales reconocidas en el área, que afectan al Grupo Chubut, constituirían un elemento de juicio para establecer un origen sísmico a estas fábricas brechadas, cuya magnitud habría superado M>5 de la escala Mercalli modificada. La característica reológica frágil del material a partir del cual se originaron, convierte a estas estructuras en un ejemplo natural excepcional de brechamiento a partir de un mecanismo de sobrepresurización fosilizado.

  3. Disparity of Early Cretaceous Lamniformes sharks

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    The geological range of lamniform sharks stretches from present day species such as Carcharodon carcharias (great white shark) back to the at the moment oldest undoubted fossil finds during the Early Cretaceous. In this paper a geometric morphometric analysis was performed on images of Early Cretaceous lamniform teeth collected from published literature in order to examine the change in disparity (range of morphological variation within a group) throughout the time period. Due to limited avai...

  4. Estratigrafía y petrología del sector noreste de sierra de Apas. Provincia del Chubut Stratigraphy and petrology of the Northeastern sector of Sierra de Apas. Chubut Province

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    M. Remesal

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available La sierra de Apas, ubicada entre las provincias de Rio Negro y Chubut, forma parte del magmatismo de intraplaca emplazado durante el Paleogeno-Neógeno en el norte de la Patagonia extrandina. En el sector noreste se ha definido una estratigrafía integrada por: traquitas oscuras, flujos piroclásticos, traquitas claras, domos riolíticos y basaltos porfíricos y afíricos. Las traquitas oscuras, son relativamente más antiguas, tienen bajo porcentaje de fenocristales, y clasifican como traquitas- benmoreítas. Las traquitas claras son porfíricas, y clasifican como comenditas. Su ubicación estratigráfica es confirmada por una edad K/Ar de 19 ± 2 Ma. Los flujos piroclásticos son predominantemente vítreos, cubren a las traquitas oscuras y tienen composiciones traquiandesíticas. La petrografía y geoquímica establecen una estrecha relación con las traquitas claras. El único cuerpo dómico en el área es el cerro Colorado, cuya composición corresponde a una riolita peralcalina ó comendita; una edad K/Ar de 24 ± 1 Ma establece por primera vez su relación temporal. La unidad efusiva más joven corresponde a lavas basálticas, agrupadas en afíricas y porfíricas. Se propone designar a las primeras como basaltos olivínicos transicionales en tanto que los basaltos porfíricos se subdividen en basaltos olivínicos alcalinos y hawaiitas. Los datos estratigráficos y geoquímicos sugieren que la asociación volcánica estudiada es el resultado de al menos dos etapas evolutivas. Una de ellas incluye los basaltos, traquitas claras, flujos claros y comenditas que muestran un patrón de cristalización fraccionada. Las traquitas oscuras, más viejas, corresponderían a otro estadio evolutivo.The volcanic building of Sierra de Apas (located on the limit between the Rio Negro and Chubut provinces is part of the Paleogene-Neogene intraplate magmatism of the northern Extrandean Patagonia. This contribution is focused on the northeastern of the Sierra

  5. Lower Cretaceous aquifers

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This data set represents the extent of the Lower Cretaceous aquifers in the states of Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota..

  6. Gravimetric model of the Gastre trough, province of Chubut, Argentina; Modelo gravimetrico en la fosa de Gastre, provincia de Chubut, Argentina

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    Lince Klinger, F.; Nacif, S.; Martinez, M. P.; Gimenez, M. E.; Ruiz, F.; Alvarez, O.

    2011-07-01

    A gravimetric study of the Gastre trough in the Province of Chubut, to the southwest of the Canadon Asfalto basin, has allowed us to determine the geometry of its crystalline basement. Using filtering techniques we were able to map residual Bouguer anomalies, which show the heterogeneities situated within the upper crust, some of which are linked to recognised geological structures. The gravimetric minima in the residual Bouguer anomaly map are associated with graben-type basins, flanked by positive gravity values associated with alignments identified on the surface and with the overall topographic relief of the Gastre trough. After suitable treatment of the density values of the outcrops and seismic data we were able to construct a 2D density model, perpendicular to the trough, which indicated a depth of 3600 m. The importance of this study lies in the fact that it has been possible to arrive at a gravimetric characterization of the Gastre trough in the Canadon Asfalto basin sector, a potentially hydrocarbon-bearing area hitherto lacking in reliable data concerning its subsoil. (Author)

  7. Determination of Quality Chemical Parameters of Honey from Chubut (Argentinean Patagonia Determinación de Parámetros Químicos de Calidad de las Mieles de Chubut (Patagonia Argentina

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    Pia Valeria Aloisi

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available This study was intended to evaluate the quality chemical parameters of 62 Apis mellifera L. honey samples, from the Province of Chubut, Argentine. Samples were obtained from the three melliferous areas of this province: Andean region, lower Chubut River valley and plains of Senguerr River. The average values obtained for electrical conductivity (0.33 mS cm-1 and pH (4.17 indicate that the analyzed honeys came mainly from nectar. Electrical conductivity was higher in honeys from the Andean region than in honeys from the other two regions. Moisture (water content was low, with an average value of 14.67%. The hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF content was very low and ranged between 0.0 and 14.70 mg kg-1. Moisture, HMF and free acidity values show good maturity and absence of undesirable fermentation in all the samples. Diastase activity had a mean value of 13.50 units on the Gothe scale. Color parameter presented variations between honeys from different areas. The analytical values for the samples from the Andean region, the lower Chubut River valley and the plains of the Senguerr River respectively were: 67.73, 40.33 and 23.26 mm Pfund. Results obtained in this study, indicate that honeys produced in Chubut present excellent quality properties according to international standards.Este estudio se realizó para evaluar los parámetros químicos de calidad de 62 muestras de mieles de Apis mellifera L., provenientes de la Provincia de Chubut. Las muestras de mieles se obtuvieron de las tres regiones melíferas de esta provincia: la Región Andina, el valle inferior del Río Chubut y la llanura del Río Senguerr. Los valores promedio obtenidos para conductividad eléctrica (0,33 mS cm-1 y pH (4,17 indican que las mieles fueron principalmente de néctar. Los valores de conductividad eléctrica fueron mayores en las mieles de la Región Andina que en las mieles de las otras regiones. La humedad (contenido de agua fue baja, con un valor medio de 14,67%. El

  8. Jurassic tetrapods and flora of Cañadón Asfalto Formation in Cerro Cóndor area, Chubut Province

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    Ignacio H. Escapa

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available The plant and tetrapod fossil record of the Cañadón Asfalto Formation (Middle to Late Jurassic found in Cerro Cóndor area (Chubut Province is summarized here. The flora is dominated by conifers (Araucariaceae, Cupressaceae sensu lato but also includes ferns and equisetaleans. The tetrapod fauna is composed of dinosaur taxa described in the 70's as well as other remains recently described and other vertebrate groups such as amphibians, turtles, and mammals. The amphibian remains have been interpreted as representatives of a new species of Notobatrachus, considered one of the most basal members of the anuran lineage. Similarly, turtle remains have been recently recognized as a new species of basal turtle, bringing valuable information about the early evolution of this group. The dinosaur remains are largely dominated by saurischian taxa, represented by basal forms of Eusauropoda and Tetanurae. In addition, three different mammalian species have been identified and considered as early representatives of an endemic Gondwanan mammalian fauna. The fossil record of this formation represents the most completely known biota from the continental Middle to Late Jurassic of the Southern Hemisphere and one of the most complete of the entire world.

  9. Cretacic tectonics in Uruguay

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    This work is about Cretacic tectonics in Uruguay, this formation is characterized by high level cortex because the basament is cratonized since Middle Devonian. There were formed two main grabens such as Santa Lucia and Mirim-Pelotas which are filled with basalt and sediments.

  10. Sapling growth and crown expansion in canopy gaps of Nothofagus pumilio (lenga) forests in Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina

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    Lopez Bernal, P. M.; Defosse, G. E.; Quinteros, C. P.; Bava, J. O.

    2012-07-01

    In the province of Chubut in Patagonia, Argentina, Nothofagus pumilio forests (locally known as lenga), are managed through selective cuts, which imply the opening of canopy gaps. This management scheme is carried out without taking into consideration the changes of sapling requirements through either a cutting cycle or the precipitation gradient in which these forests thrive. To analyze these changes, we inferred the facilitation-competition balance between the canopy and regeneration, studying the effects of precipitation levels, gap size and gap age on saplings growth in height on 45 canopy gaps artificially created between 1960 and 1993. Results showed that during the first 20 years since gap opening, growth of regeneration is determined by light availability in mesic sites and by water availability in xeric sites. However, differences due to precipitation levels gradually decrease over time. Moreover, in the period between 20 and 35 years after gap opening, in both mesic and xeric sites, growth is limited by light availability. This indicates that in xeric sites, sapling growth requirements shift from a water-dependent situation to a light-dependent situation. The average closing rate of gaps due to lateral growth of bordering trees is high enough so that within the proposed gap size range, gap healing can occur before regeneration reaches the upper stratum. Consequently, in mesic sites gap opening can be done by a single operation that generates gaps with diameters of approximately twice the average height of the canopy (D/H). While in xeric environments, lenga seedling establishment and initial growth require the cover of small gaps, but advanced regeneration requires bigger gaps to reach the canopy. For this reason, gaps should be opened in two stages: the first gaps should be opened with a D/H between 0.8 and 1, and after a cutting cycle of 35 years, these openings should be enlarged to a D/H between 1.5 and 2. The close relationship maintained between the

  11. Monitoreo de DDI en la zona andina de la provincia de Chubut (2004

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    J. L. Tellechea

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Un total de 444 alumnos de escolaridad primaria, de ambos sexos, fue estudiado en este monitoreo de bocio endémico en dos localidades de la zona andina de la provincia de Chubut: Esquel (292 niños y Cushamen (152 niños. La edad de los escolares osciló entre 5 y 13 años. La palpación tiroidea fue hecha por el conjunto de los médicos participantes. Sin embargo, con la finalidad de aunar criterios con lo realizado previamente (1-20, se tomó como única referencia la palpación de H.N., que se llevó a cabo en la totalidad de los niños estudiados. La definición del grado de bocio fue similar a la utilizada en los otros relevamientos (1. Se determinó la yoduria en muestras casuales de orina emitidas por los niños una vez que fueron palpados (139 de Esquel y 133 de Cushamen. Se recolectaron 213 muestras de sal de consumo hogareño de Esquel y 144 de Cushamen, para medir su contenido en yodo. El examen palpatorio de los niños reveló la existencia de bocio grado 1 solamente. La prevalencia de bocio encontrada fue de 2,1% en Esquel y de 3,3% en Cushamen. Los niveles de yoduria alcanzaron, en Esquel, una media de 238±119(DSμg/L y una mediana de 214μg/L, al tiempo que en Cushamen la media fue de 270±187μg/L y la mediana de 238μg/L. El contenido de yodo de las sales que aportaron los alumnos tuvieron un nivel adecuado de yodo, sobre todo en aquellas de consumo masivo. De esta manera, observamos que en la ciudad de Esquel el promedio de yodo en la sal, tomada en conjunto, fue de 30,6 ± 8,1 mg/Kg, mientras que para Cushamen fue de 31,1 ± 10,5 mg/Kg. Al analizar las concentraciones de yodo <15mg/Kg, observamos que fue del 3,0% en Esquel y del 7,4% en Cushamen. Teniendo en cuenta la línea de corte del 10% que fija el ICCIDD (21 como valor óptimo, podemos observar que la situación de ambas poblaciones es muy satisfactoria. Concluimos que en estas dos poblaciones de la zona andina de la provincia de Chubut ya no existe bocio endémico.

  12. Live birth in Cretaceous marine lizards (mosasauroids).

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    Caldwell, M W; Lee, M S

    2001-01-01

    Although live-bearing (viviparity) has evolved around 100 times within reptiles, evidence of it is almost never preserved in the fossil record. Here, we report viviparity in mosasauroids, a group of Cretaceous marine lizards. This is the only known fossil record of live-bearing in squamates (lizards and snakes), and might represent the oldest occurrence of the trait in this diverse group; it is also the only known fossil record of viviparity in reptiles other than ichthyosaurs. An exceptional...

  13. Estratigrafía y petrología del sector noreste de sierra de Apas. Provincia del Chubut Stratigraphy and petrology of the Northeastern sector of Sierra de Apas. Chubut Province

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    M. Remesal; F.M. Salani; G.I. Massaferro; M.E. Cerredo

    2004-01-01

    La sierra de Apas, ubicada entre las provincias de Rio Negro y Chubut, forma parte del magmatismo de intraplaca emplazado durante el Paleogeno-Neógeno en el norte de la Patagonia extrandina. En el sector noreste se ha definido una estratigrafía integrada por: traquitas oscuras, flujos piroclásticos, traquitas claras, domos riolíticos y basaltos porfíricos y afíricos. Las traquitas oscuras, son relativamente más antiguas, tienen bajo porcentaje de fenocristales, y clasifican como traquitas- be...

  14. Salud bucal y nutrición en cazadores-recolectores del nordeste del Chubut en el Holoceno

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    Novellino, Paula; Gómez Otero, Julieta

    2009-01-01

    Investigaciones arqueológicas llevadas a cabo en Patagonia centro-septentrional (costa atlántica y valle inferior del río Chubut) demostraron que el área fue utilizada desde por lo menos el Holoceno medio. Estudios de isótopos estables ( 13C y 15N) en muestras óseas humanas indican que los cazadores-recolectores que la ocuparon mantuvieron una dieta mixta que combinó el consumo de guanacos, plantas terrestres, moluscos y pinnípedos. No obstante esta tendencia general, se observó variabilidad ...

  15. Estratigrafía y petrología del sector noreste de sierra de Apas. Provincia del Chubut

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    M. Remesal; F.M. Salani; G.I. Massaferro; M.E. Cerredo

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    La sierra de Apas, ubicada entre las provincias de Rio Negro y Chubut, forma parte del magmatismo de intraplaca emplazado durante el Paleogeno-Neógeno en el norte de la Patagonia extrandina. En el sector noreste se ha definido una estratigrafía integrada por: traquitas oscuras, flujos piroclásticos, traquitas claras, domos riolíticos y basaltos porfíricos y afíricos. Las traquitas oscuras, son relativamente más antiguas, tienen bajo porcentaje de fenocristales, y clasifican como traquitas- be...

  16. Contaminación por helmintos en espacios públicos de la provincia de Chubut, Argentina Contamination by helminths in public places of the province of Chubut, Argentina

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    Marina G. Zunino

    2000-07-01

    Full Text Available Canine-borne helminthiases constitute a worldwide problem. Some of these parasites can originate serious pathologies in humans. Given the potential existence of these zoonoses in Argentina, horizontal surveys on contamination degree evaluated as faeces per hectare and on parasite prevelence in faeces were carried out in six localities of the Province of Chubut. The behaviour of people visiting public places was also analyzed qualitatively. All of the survey sites were contaminated with faeces and with some parasitic forms. Contamination degrees ranged from 32 to 147 faeces/ha. Toxocara sp. (17.4%, Strongyloides sp. (5.1%, and Ancylostoma. sp (5.6% were the main genera among other parasites detected. As a whole, the analysis revealed that contamintion degree, prevalence and human behaviuor in relation to the exposure to the parasite would be the main factors to be taken into account in formulating control measures. Transmission risk patterns in Chubut were not homogenous; therefore, studies and control strategies should be devised and implemented at the local scale.

  17. Brazilian continental cretaceous

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    Petri, Setembrino; Campanha, Vilma A.

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    Cretaceous deposits in Brazil are very well developed, chiefly in continental facies and in thick sequences. Sedimentation occurred essentially in rift-valleys inland and along the coast. Three different sequences can be distinguished: (1) a lower clastic non-marine section, (2) a middle evaporitic section, (3) an upper marine section with non-marine regressive lithosomes. Continental deposits have been laid down chiefly between the latest Jurassic and Albian. The lower lithostratigraphic unit is represented by red shales with occasional evaporites and fresh-water limestones, dated by ostracods. A series of thick sandstone lithosomes accumulated in the inland rift-valleys. In the coastal basins these sequences are often incompletely preserved. Uplift in the beginning of the Aptian produced a widespread unconformity. In many of the inland rift-valleys sedimentation ceased at that time. A later transgression penetrated far into northeastern Brazil, but shortly after continental sedimentation continued, with the deposition of fluvial sandstones which once covered large areas of the country and which have been preserved in many places. The continental Cretaceous sediments have been laid down in fluvial and lacustrine environments, under warm climatic conditions which were dry from time to time. The fossil record is fairly rich, including besides plants and invertebrates, also reptiles and fishes. As faulting tectonism was rather strong, chiefly during the beginning of the Cretaceous, intercalations of igneous rocks are frequent in some places. Irregular uplift and erosion caused sediments belonging to the remainder of this period to be preserved only in tectonic basins scattered across the country.

  18. Evolución geomorfológica y cronología relativa de los niveles aterrazados del área adyacente a la desembocadura del río Chubut al Atlántico (Provincia del Chubut Geomorphological evolution and relative chronology of terrace levels adjacent to the Chubut River mouth to the Atlantic (Chubut Province.

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    Emilio F González Díaz

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    Full Text Available Se describe un antiguo abanico aluvial y su posterior evolución. Las acumulaciones del antiguo abanico aluvial han sido interpretadas como la continuidad septentrional de los rodados patagónicos de la meseta Montemayor, una propuesta que es rebatida. La base metodológica del reconocimiento del antiguo abanico aluvial y su distinción genética y temporal, la constituyó el análisis geomórfico y la evaluación altimétrica. Su asignación temporal es un problema aún no resuelto. La metodología condujo a diferenciar tres sistemas geomórficos o niveles, relacionados con sucesivos episodios de agradación y erosión, los que ocupan posiciones cada vez más inferiores, coincidiendo con el complejo paleodrenaje del antiguo abanico aluvial. Sus desarrollos sucesivos son vinculados con protoríos Chubut 1, 2, 3 propuestos y el correspondiente a un paleovalle Simpson. Pese a las limitaciones apuntadas, se propone que el modelo evolutivo del antiguo abanico aluvial responde a una estructura de corte y relleno, que avalaría una composición poliformacional del antiguo abanico aluvial y además la migración progresiva del paleodrenaje hacia el sur. Un análisis geomorfológico y altimétrico diferenció un nivel superior integrado por restos de tres planicies (Pa, Pm y Pb, un nivel medio con dos terrazas (T1 y T2 y un complejo nivel inferior de cinco terrazas (T3, T4, T5 T6 y T7. Evidencias relícticas de los paleodrenajes propuestos son los paleovalles Estancia Paz y Don Morgan-Saraza del nivel superior. La edad del antiguo abanico aluvial basada en la evolución geomórfica del área de estudio, es tentativamente asignada a un incierto lapso del Pleistoceno superior entre el interglacial Sangamon y fines de la última glaciación.An ancient alluvial fan and its subsequent evolution are described. Ancient alluvial fan accumulations have been interpreted as the northern continuation of the rodados patagónicos of the Montemayor Plateau, a proposal

  19. Monitorieo de DDI en el noreste de la provincia de Chubut (2004

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    G. S. Zarza

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available Un total de 668 alumnos de escolaridad primaria, de ambos sexos, fue estudiado en este monitoreo de bocio endémico en dos ciudades del noreste de la provincia de Chubut: Puerto Madryn (493 niños y Trelew (175 niños. La edad de los escolares osciló entre 5 y 15 años. La palpación tiroidea fue hecha por el conjunto de los médicos participantes. Sin embargo, con la finalidad de aunar criterios con lo realizado previamente (1-18, se tomó como única referencia la palpación de H. N., que se llevó a cabo en la totalidad de los niños estudiados. La definición del grado de bocio fue similar a la utilizada en los otros relevamientos (1. Se determinó la yoduria en muestras casuales de orina emitidas por los niños una vez que fueron palpados (161 de Puerto Madryn y 139 de Trelew. Se midió el contenido de yodo en 467 muestras de sal de consumo hogareño de Puerto Madryn y en 161 de Trelew. El examen palpatorio de los niños reveló la existencia de bocio grado 1 solamente. La prevalencia de bocio encontrada fue de 3,9 % en Puerto Madryn y de 2,9 % en Trelew. Los niveles de yoduria alcanzaron, en Puerto Madryn, una media de 188±95,8(DS μg/L y una mediana de 171 μg/L, al tiempo que en Trelew la media fue de 245±102,3 μg/L y la mediana de 196 μg/L. El contenido de yodo de las sales que aportaron los alumnos, si bien varió según la marca de sal utilizada, tuvieron un nivel relativamente adecuado de yodo en aquellas de consumo masivo. De esta manera, observamos que en la localidad de Puerto Madryn el promedio de yodo en la sal, tomada en conjunto, fue de 32,0 ± 10,9 mg/Kg, mientras que para Trelew fue de 31,5 ± 8,5 mg/Kg. Al analizar las concentraciones de yodo <15 mg/Kg, observamos que fue del 9 % en Puerto Madryn y del 5 % en Trelew. Teniendo en cuenta la línea de corte del 10 % que fija el ICCIDD (19 como valor óptimo, podemos observar que la situación de ambas poblaciones es satisfactoria. Concluimos que en estas dos ciudades del

  20. Geología de la quebrada Honda, cuenca del lago La Plata, Chubut

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    G.V. Depine

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    Full Text Available La quebrada Honda, situada en el sur de la cuenca de los lagos La Plata y Fontana, en la provincia de Chubut, presenta una columna estratigráfica que comienza en el Jurásico superior con rocas calcoalcalinas de arco volcánico intermedias a ácidas de la Formación Lago La Plata. Las rocas sedimentarias que rellenan la cuenca de intraarco neocomiana corresponden al Grupo Coyhaique, dentro del cual se encuentran las Formaciones Tres Lagunas y Katterfeld, que se ubican dentro de un modelo paleoambiental como cortejo sedimentario de borde de plataforma, sucedido por un cortejo transgresivo, cuya edad es acotada al Hauteriviano inferior, debido al hallazgo de restos de Favrella americana en pelitas de la Formación Katterfeld. Vinculados con la extensión que da lugar a la cuenca se registran los cuerpos hipabisales calcoalcalinos básicos del Gabro Quebrada Honda y se los relaciona con un volcanismo de características más evolucionadas de la Formación Don Rueda, de edad neocomiana tardía. Si bien este magmatismo de arco volcánico es subaéreo, presenta indicios de interacción con cuerpos de agua por lo que corrobora la concomitancia de este evento con la sedimentación póstuma de Grupo Coyhaique. Se registra un evento de inversión tectónica que tendría una edad máxima de 80 Ma.

  1. Hemipelagic cephalopods from the Maastrichtian (late Cretaceous) Parras Basin at La Parra, Coahuila, Mexico, and their implications for the correlation of the lower Difunta Group

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    Ifrim, Christina; Stinnesbeck, Wolfgang; Garza, Rufino Rodríguez; Ventura, José Flores

    2010-04-01

    Few biostratigraphic data exist from the Parras and La Popa basins, mainly due to the absence of index fossils. This paper describes 19 ammonoid species from 15 genera and 1 nautilid from La Parra, southeastern Coahuila, Mexico. The assemblage consists of Tethyan [( Baculites ovatus, Brahmaites ( Anabrahmaites) vishnu, Fresvillia constricta, Hauericeras rembda, Pachydiscus ( P.) ex gr. neubergicus, Solenoceras reesidei, Tetragonites cf. superstes], cosmopolitan ( Anagaudryceras politissimum, Desmophyllites diphylloides, Diplomoceras cylindraceum, Gaudryceras kayei, Phyllopachyceras forbesianum, Pseudophyllites indra), and cold water taxa [ Fresvillia teres, Hypophylloceras ( Neophylloceras) surya, H. ( N.) hetonaiense, Pachydiscus ( P.) cf. egertoni]. Eutrephoceras sp. and Menuites juv. sp. were not determined to species level. A similar assemblage was recently described from the coeval Méndez Formation at Cerralvo, Nuevo León. Species endemic to North America, particularly the Western Interior Seaway, are absent at La Parra. The ammonoid assemblage and associated planktonic foraminifers allow for precise biostratigraphic assignation to the early Maastrichtian planktonic foraminiferal zone CF 5, and thus provide an important marker level for correlation of the lower Difunta Group. The new biostratigraphic data presented herein allow for the first time precise dating of the Cañon del Tule Formation of the Difunta Group. Their combination with existing sequence- and magnetostratigraphic data improve the correlation of the lower Difunta Group with time-equivalent lithostratigraphic units such as the Cárdenas Formation in Mexico. They also provide new insight into ammonoid migration patterns induced by sea-level changes. Baculites ovatus migrated into the La Popa Basin as a result of the sea-level highstand documented at La Parra.

  2. Simbirskiasaurus and Pervushovisaurus reassessed: implications for the taxonomy and cranial osteology of Cretaceous platypterygiine ichthyosaurs

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    Fischer, Valentin; Arkhangelsky, Maxim; Stenshin, Ilya; Uspensky, Gleb; Godefroit, Pascal

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    The ichthyosaur fossil record is interspersed by several hiatuses, notably during the Cretaceous. This hampers our understanding of the evolution and extinction of this group of marine reptiles during the last 50 million years of its history. Several Cretaceous ichthyosaur taxa named in the past have subsequently been dismissed and referred to the highly inclusive taxon Platypterygius, a trend that has created the impression of low Cretaceous ichthyosaur diversity. Here, we describe the crani...

  3. Crecimiento y desarrollo de una población infanto juvenil de la provincia de Chubut

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    Torres, María Fernanda

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    Full Text Available La diferenciación y adaptación ontogenética son temas centrales en antropología biológica por cuanto su modificación puede afectar la dinámica evolutiva poblacional. Numerosos factores estresantes actúan provocando variación en la expresión fenotípica y nuevas respuestas adaptativas. En el presente trabajo se determinó el crecimiento de niños de 5 a 14 años contrastando con estándares internacionales. La muestra se constituyó con 473 escolares de Río Mayo (Chubut, de ambos sexos. Se relevaron y calcularon variables corporales. Para la comparación con los estándares los datos fueron convertidos a escores z y contrastados además mediante pruebas de Wilcoxon. La estadística empleada consistió en análisis multifactorial de la varianza y pruebas de LSD. Si bien hubo crecimiento en todos los grupos etáreos analizados, los valores obtenidos difirieron significativamente de los correspondientes al estándar. En varones, a excepción del pliegue subescapular, que presentó escores z superiores al estándar las restantes variables se ubicaron entre 0 y -2 DS, siendo más afectadas las estaturas total y sentado y el área muscular. En mujeres, se observó una situación similar a excepción del área adiposa y la masa corporal, con valores mayores al estándar. Estos resultados evidencian la presencia de una desnutrición que abarca toda la franja etárea. La disminución de la talla y el aumento del tejido adiposo constituyen sin duda, respuestas adaptativas que permiten la supervivencia de los individuos frente a la injuria nutricional.

  4. Avulsion at a drift-dominated mesotidal estuary: The Chubut River outlet, Patagonia, Argentina

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    Isla, Federico; Espinosa, Marcela; Rubio, Belén; Escandell, Alejandra; Gerpe, Marcela; Miglioranza, Karina; Rey, Daniel; Vilas, Federico

    2015-10-01

    The Chubut River flows from the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean, and is interrupted by a single dam built at the middle valley. The lower valley is dominated by the aggradation of an alluvial plain induced by a complex of spits that enclosed the inlet in the last 5000 years. The river has reduced its flow because the blocking of the upper basin by terminal moraines during the Upper Pleistocene. At least the last two marine transgressions have flooded this estuary, and contributed to the aggradation during regressions. The area is of particular interest in regard to irrigation channels practiced since the XIX century. Today, the mean monthly flow is less than 10 m3/s although peaks of 95 m3/s have been recorded in Gaiman in July 2001. The dynamics of the estuary is dominated by waves (wave-dominated estuary) as tidal effects attenuate in less than 5 km. Three vibracores were collected within this floodplain: (a) at Gaiman, an area without any effect of the sea (35 km from the coast); (b) at Trelew, at the former avulsion plain of the river (18 km from the coast); and (c) at Playa Magagna, a saltmarsh located 0.4 km from the beach. At the Gaiman core (1.54 m long) fresh-water epiphytic diatoms dominate (Epithemia sorex, Cocconeis placentula, Ulnaria ulna) suggesting the aggradation of an alluvial plain. The Trelew core (2.19 m long) was collected from a deltaic plain. It was composed by fine sand with organic matter at the base that evolved into silty layers to the top. Several unconformities and laminae with heavy minerals were detected by their geochemical composition analysed by micro X-ray fluorescence (Itrax XRF core scanner). Fine-sand laminated layers were perfectly detected by their high content in S and Cl. On the other hand, mud layers presented lower content in Mg and Al with increments in Ca and V. The core from the marsh area (1.67 m long) was analysed in terms of the diatom evolution in order to detect Holocene sea-level and salinity effects. The sand flats

  5. Cretaceous Crocodyliforms from the Sahara

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    Paul Sereno

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Diverse crocodyliforms have been discovered in recent years in Cretaceous rocks on southern landmasses formerly composing Gondwana.  We report here on six species from the Sahara with an array of trophic adaptations that significantly deepen our current understanding of African crocodyliform diversity during the Cretaceous period.  We describe two of these species (Anatosuchus minor, Araripesuchus wegeneri from nearly complete skulls and partial articulated skeletons from the Lower Cretaceous Elrhaz Formation (Aptian-Albian of Niger. The remaining four species (Araripesuchus rattoides sp. n., Kaprosuchus saharicus gen. n. sp. n., Laganosuchus thaumastos gen. n. sp. n., Laganosuchus maghrebensis gen. n. sp. n. come from contemporaneous Upper Cretaceous formations (Cenomanian in Niger and Morocco.

  6. Evaluation of the Cerro Solo nuclear ore, province of Chubut. On the economic parameters of the deposit. Pt. 3

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    Preliminary results of the resources estimation carried out in the Cerro Solo uranium ore deposit, located in the Chubut Province, 1900 km SW from Buenos Aires and 380 Km W from Trelew, presented in tonnes of uranium recoverable at costs up to U$S 80/kgU, are as follows: a) Reasonable assured resources (indicated): 800 tU; b) Estimates Additional Resources (inferred): 2200 tU. Economic evaluation at the order-of-magnitude level, performed using the grade-tonnage model of the deposit, resulted a useful tool in the different stages of the project to identify the influence of technical parameters on the potential profitability. Research about feasibility of in-situ leaching method of exploitation for this deposit introduces an interesting alternative for future uranium production in the country. (Author)

  7. Facies y ambientes del grupo Salta (cretácico-paleógeno en Tumbaya, Quebrada de Humahuaca, provincia de Jujuy Facies and environments of the Salta Group (Cretaceous-Paleogene in Tumbaya, Quebrada de Humahuaca, JujuyProvince

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    Full Text Available Los depósitos rojos del Grupo Salta (Cretácico-Paleógeno que afloran en la quebrada de Tumbaya, margen derecha de la quebrada de Humahuaca (provincia de Jujuy, se caracterizan por presentar facies distintas a las típicas de otros lugares de la cuenca. Son facies proximales de ambiente general árido a semiárido cuya acumulación avanzó sobre el extremo N-NO del alto constituido por la dorsal Salto-Jujeña. La relación de base y de techo del depósito es de discordancia erosiva con el Grupo Mesón (Cámbrico y angular con acumulaciones cuaternarias de bajada respectivamente. En el afloramiento están representadas las principales unidades del Grupo Salta tanto del synrift como del postrift. El reconocimiento y estudio de las facies permitió identificar y caracterizar de base a techo los Subgrupos Pirgua, Balbuena y Santa Bárbara, y las distintas formaciones de cada subgrupo. En el Subgrupo Pirgua (arenas eólicas no es posible diferenciar sus tres unidades formacionales, por lo tanto se lo menciona como Formación Pirgua. En el Subgrupo Balbuena se reconocen las Formaciones Lecho, que consta de facies fluviales de tipo mantos de crecida, y Yacoraite que muestra condiciones ambientales transicionales, continentales y marino litoral-sublitoral carbonático influenciado por mareas y tormentas. El Subgrupo Santa Bárbara está presente con sus Formaciones Mealla, Maíz Gordo y Lumbrera que representan una sucesión fluvial granodecreciente con desarrollo de paleosuelos múltiples; se reconocen mantos de crecida asociadas a planicies fangosas.The red deposits of Salta Group (Cretaceous-Paleogene which outcrops in the quebrada de Tumbaya, right margin of Quebrada de Humahuaca (province of Jujuy, they are characterized by facies that differs from the typical ones in their places of the Salta Group basin. They are proximal facies, characterized by arid and semi-arid conditions whose accumulation advanced on the N-NW side of the Salto-Jujuy high

  8. A New Thorny Lacewing (Insecta:Neuroptera:Rhachiberothidae) from the Early Cretaceous Amber of Lebanon

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    Julian F.PETRULEVI(C)IUS; Dany AZAR; André NEL

    2010-01-01

    A new genus and species of Rhachiberothidae,Raptorapax terribilissima gen.et sp.nov.from the Cretaceous amber of Lebanon is described.The new genus is assigned to the subfamily Paraberothinae.The new material confirms the great diversity of the group in the Cretaceous age and its decrease in diversity in recent times.

  9. Jurassic tetrapods and flora of Cañadón Asfalto Formation in Cerro Cóndor area, Chubut Province Flora y tetrápodos del Jurásico de la Formación Cañadón Asfalto en el área de Cerro Cóndor, provincia de Chubut

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    Ignacio H. Escapa

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    Full Text Available The plant and tetrapod fossil record of the Cañadón Asfalto Formation (Middle to Late Jurassic found in Cerro Cóndor area (Chubut Province is summarized here. The flora is dominated by conifers (Araucariaceae, Cupressaceae sensu lato but also includes ferns and equisetaleans. The tetrapod fauna is composed of dinosaur taxa described in the 70's as well as other remains recently described and other vertebrate groups such as amphibians, turtles, and mammals. The amphibian remains have been interpreted as representatives of a new species of Notobatrachus, considered one of the most basal members of the anuran lineage. Similarly, turtle remains have been recently recognized as a new species of basal turtle, bringing valuable information about the early evolution of this group. The dinosaur remains are largely dominated by saurischian taxa, represented by basal forms of Eusauropoda and Tetanurae. In addition, three different mammalian species have been identified and considered as early representatives of an endemic Gondwanan mammalian fauna. The fossil record of this formation represents the most completely known biota from the continental Middle to Late Jurassic of the Southern Hemisphere and one of the most complete of the entire world.Se resume brevemente el registro de plantas y tetrápodos fósiles de la Formación Cañadón Asfalto (Jurásico Medio a Superior en el área de Cerro Cóndor, provincia de Chubut. La flora está conformada por coníferas de las familias Araucariaceae y Cupressaceae sensu lato dominando la asociación, la cual se completa con helechos y equisetales en proporciones menores. La fauna de tetrápodos se compone por los clásicos dinosaurios descriptos en los 70`s, a los que se suman nuevos restos pertenecientes a este grupo, así como anfibios, tortugas y mamíferos coleccionados en la última década. Los restos de anfibios han sido interpretados como representantes de una nueva especie de Notobatrachus, considerado

  10. Cretaceous environmental changes led to high extinction rates in a hyperdiverse beetle family : Cretaceous environmental changes led to high extinction rates in a hyperdiverse beetle family

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    Kergoat, Gael; Bouchard, Patrice; Clamens, Anne Laure; Abbate, Jessica L.; Jourdan, Herve; JABBOUR-ZAHAB, ROULA; Genson, Guénaëlle; Soldati, Laurent; Condamine, Fabien L.

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    Background As attested by the fossil record, Cretaceous environmental changes have significantly impacted the diversification dynamics of several groups of organisms. A major biome turnover that occurred during this period was the rise of angiosperms starting ca. 125 million years ago. Though there is evidence that the latter promoted the diversification of phytophagous insects, the response of other insect groups to Cretaceous environmental changes is still largely unknown. To gain novel ins...

  11. 山东莱阳盆地早白垩世莱阳群的遗迹化石%A PRELIMINARY STUDY OF NONMARINE TRACE FOSSILS FROM THE LAIYANG GROUP (EARLY CRETACEOUS),LAIYANG BASIN, EASTERN CHINA

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    李日辉; 张光威

    2001-01-01

    山东莱阳早白垩世莱阳群自下而上分为瓦屋夼组、林寺山组、止风庄组、水南组、龙旺庄组和曲格庄组,为一套河湖相沉积,产有较丰富、分异度较高的非海相遗迹化石和兽脚类恐龙足迹化石。共鉴定出遗迹属11个,未定属1个,其中遗迹种9个,未定种2个。遗迹化石是:Cochlichnus anguines, Diplocraterion parallelum, Helminthoidichnites tenuis, Palaeophycus tubularis, Planolites montanus, Scolica sp., Scoyenia gracilis, Skolithos linearis, Taenidium cameronensis, Thalassinoides sp.;恐龙足迹化石是:Paragrallator yangi。这些化石按习性可分为4类,即:居住构造、爬行迹、觅食迹和牧食迹,其中又以前3种为主。遗迹化石在剖面上的分布不均匀,以上部的水南组、龙旺庄、曲格庄3个组最丰富。%Relatively abundant and diverse nonmarine trace fossils (including small theropod dinosaur footprints) were discovered from the Early Cretaceous Laiyang Group , Laiyang Basin, eastern China. The Laiyang Group, consisting of a sequence of fluvial-lacustrine strata with a thickness of 1,655 m, can be divided into six formations, which are, in ascending order, the Wawukuang, Linsishan, Zhifengzhuang, Shuinan, Longwanzhuang and Qugezhuang Formations.   Eleven ichnogenera, including ten invertebrate ones and a dinosaur ichnogenus, and a type of unknown arthropod crawling trace are described in the present paper. The 10 invertebrate inchnogenera are represented by Cochlichnus anguines, Diplocraterion parallelum, Helminthoidichnites tenuis, Palaeophycus tubularis, Planolites montanus, Scolica sp., Scoyenia gracilis, Skolithos linearis, Taenidium cameronensis, Thalassinoides sp.. The dinosaur track is Paragrallator yangi Li et Zhang.   Trace fossils are unevenly distributed across the section. The middle formation-the Shuinan Formation, and the upper two formations-the Longwangzhuang Formation and the Qugezhuang Formation

  12. Palaeophytochemical Constituents of Cretaceous Ginkgo coriacea Florin Leaves

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    You-Xing Zhao; Cheng-Sen Li; Xiao-Dong Luo; Yu-Fei Wang; Jun Zhou

    2006-01-01

    Chemical investigation of the organic solvent extract of Cretaceous Ginkgo coriacea Florin leaves by liquid chromatography-mass spectroscopy (LC-MS) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS), analogous to those from extant leaves of Ginkgo biloba L., led to the detection of a group of natural flavonoids and other volatiles. The similarity of the chemical constituents in these two species of Ginkgo suggest that the secondary metabolism of extant G. biloba is close to that of the Cretaceous species. The remaining natural products may be one explanation why the leaves of the Cretaceous G. coriacea have been preserved morphologically in fossilization. The detection of flavonoids suggests that the leaves of G. coriacea experienced a mild post-depositional environment during their fossilization. This appears to be the oldest occurrence of flavonoids in plant fossils.

  13. The origin and early evolution of metatherian mammals: the Cretaceous record

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    Thomas E. Williamson

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Metatherians, which comprise marsupials and their closest fossil relatives, were one of the most dominant clades of mammals during the Cretaceous and are the most diverse clade of living mammals after Placentalia. Our understanding of this group has increased greatly over the past 20 years, with the discovery of new specimens and the application of new analytical tools. Here we provide a review of the phylogenetic relationships of metatherians with respect to other mammals, discuss the taxonomic definition and diagnosis of Metatheria, outline the Cretaceous history of major metatherian clades, describe the paleobiology, biogeography, and macroevolution of Cretaceous metatherians, and provide a physical and climatic background of Cretaceous metatherian faunas. Metatherians are a clade of boreosphendian mammals that must have originated by the Late Jurassic, but the first unequivocal metatherian fossil is from the Early Cretaceous of Asia. Metatherians have the distinctive tightly interlocking occlusal molar pattern of tribosphenic mammals, but differ from Eutheria in their dental formula and tooth replacement pattern, which may be related to the metatherian reproductive process which includes an extended period of lactation followed by birth of extremely altricial young. Metatherians were widespread over Laurasia during the Cretaceous, with members present in Asia, Europe, and North America by the early Late Cretaceous. In particular, they were taxonomically and morphologically diverse and relatively abundant in the Late Cretaceous of western North America, where they have been used to examine patterns of biogeography, macroevolution, diversification, and extinction through the Late Cretaceous and across the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg boundary. Metatherian diversification patterns suggest that they were not strongly affected by a Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution, but they clearly underwent a severe extinction across the K-Pg boundary.

  14. The Cretaceous system in China

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    Wan, X.Q.; Chen, P.J.; Wei, M.J. [Capital Normal University, Beijing (China)

    2007-12-15

    This paper provides an outline of Cretaceous stratigraphy and paleogeography in China, which is based on rich data obtained from recent researches. Cretaceous deposits are widespread in China. Most strata are of nonmarine origin and marine sediments occur only in Tibet, western Tarim Basin of Xinjiang, Taiwan and limited localities of eastern Heilongjiang. All deposits are rich in fossils and well-constrained biostratigraphically. The stratigraphic successions of different regions are illustrated, and general stratigraphic division and correlation have been introduced. The marine deposits are described in the Tibetan Tethys, Kashi-Hotan Region of Xinjiang, eastern Heilongjiang, western Yunnan and Taiwan; the nonmarine deposits are outlined from northeast China, southeast China, southern interior China, southwest China, the Shaanxi-Gansu-Ningxia region, and northwestern China intermontane basins. The sedimentary facies and paleogeography are diversified. In Tibet the basin evolution is largely related to the subduction and collision of the Indian Plate against the Eurasian Continent, and shows a tectonic evolution in the Cretaceous. Foraminifera are a dominant biota in the Tibet Tethys. Nonmarine sediments include variegated and red beds, coal- or salt-bearing horizons, and volcanic rocks. These deposits contain diverse and abundant continental faunas and floras, as well as important coal and oil resources. The Cretaceous stratigraphy and paleogeography in China have presented a foundation for geological studies.

  15. A method for estimation of hydrological sensibility applied in Golfo San Jorge basin. Province of Chubut. Argentina; Un metodo para estimar la sensibilidad hidrologica aplicado en la cuenca del Golfo San Jorge. Provincia de Chubut. Argentina

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    Hernandez, M. A.; Scatizza, C.; Rojo, M.; Preiato, S. A.; Hernandez, L.

    2009-07-01

    A method developed and used in an area of Chubut Province is described. The object of the method is to determine the underground and surficial hydrological sensitivity in order to select the site of petroleum facilities with the least possible environmental hydric risk. It is based on the conjunction of the GOD method used to assess the intrinsic aquifer vulnerability (original version) and the proposed La Plata Method (MLP) for the surficial hydrological sensitivity. The latter method assigns numerical values based on landforms (positive and negative), slope percent and seasonality of the water regime, using a complexive range scale from zero to one. The Surficial Sensitivity factor results from the average of the three indicators and includes five categories, from low to extreme values. For a global coverage in the underground and surficial terrestrial arches (geo environmental map) it is proposed to compare the GOD values with those of the MLP method using a GIS, through the mathematical overlapping of two raster layers (map algebra) in each map pixel. In addition to the cartographic display, attribute tables can be used to estimate the environmental pollution in soils and waters, existing infrastructure and location of new facilities and drillings. The Arc Map 9.1 program was used due to its capacity for a permanent and quasi-automatic updating of thematic mapping. The map corresponding to Cerro for the initial position 2007 is presented as an example. (Author) 6 refs.

  16. El volcanismo del complejo Marifil en Arroyo Verde, vertiente suroriental del Macizo de Somún Cura, Chubut

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    Marcelo J Márquez

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Se describen en este trabajo las facies volcánicas pertenecientes al Complejo Marifil que afloran en la localidad de Arroyo Verde, vertiente suroriental del macizo de Somún Cura, provincia del Chubut. Se discriminan facies de ignimbritas riolíticas, brechas piroclásticas, domos y domos vítreos traquíticos y diques riolíticos. Las relaciones de campo indican que las ignimbritas fueron el primer evento eruptivo que se alternaron con esporádicas coladas de bloques y cenizas. Luego se produjo la intrusión de las facies dómicas y por último la de los diques riolíticos. Las facies descriptas tienen composiciones que varían entre riolitas y traquitas con altos contenidos de K, característicos de las rocas pertenecientes a este complejo. Teniendo en cuenta las características observadas se propone un mecanismo fisural de erupción en esta localidad.

  17. Sedimentary characteristics of cretaceous in northwestern Ordos basin

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    Based on the integration of previous research achievements and combined with results of field geological investigation, and analysis and determination of samples, as well as the indoor comprehensive study, the paleoclimate characteristics, indications of sedimentary facies, the direction of paleocurrent and the provenance, as well as sedimentary facies and depositional systems of Zhidan Group, Lower Cretaceous in northwestern Ordos basin are systematically analyzed in the framework of the basin evolution. Authors come to a conclusion that sediments of Zhidan Group are mainly of lacustrine and fluvial facies. On the above basis types and features of sand bodies developed in Zhidan Group, Lower Cretaceous are summarized and the potential of uranium ore-formation in different types of sand bodies is discussed.Finally, deltasand bodies of Huachi-Huanhe Formation are thought to be favorable for the formation of sandstone type uranihm deposits. (authors)

  18. Cretaceous stratigraphy of sierra de Beauvoir, Fuegian Andes, Argentina

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    Full Text Available The Cretaceous stratigraphy north of Lago Fagnano, Tierra del Fuego, was poorly known until the last decade of the twentieth century. Stratigraphic, sedimentologic, and paleontological observations in sierra de Beauvoir and surroundings enabled the recognition of two main packages of dominant marine mudstone. 1 A more than 450 m thick package of slate, shale and mudstone, constituted by the revised Lower Cretaceous Beauvoir Formation. A type locality in the core of sierra de Beauvoir, with diagnostic Aptian-Albian fossils including inoceramids of the Inoceramus neocomiensis group and Aucellina sp., is proposed for this unit. 2 A more than 1,500 m thick, mudstone-dominated, but sandier upward, package consisting of at least three Upper Cretaceous units. Arroyo Castorera Formation (nom. nov. bears Turonian inoceramids of the I. hobetsensis group and I. cf. lamarcki. Río Rodríguez Formation (nom. nov. has Coniacian inoceramids, cf. Cremnoceramus sp. Policarpo Formation bears poorly preserved ammonites (Grossouvrites sp., Maorites sp., and Diplomoceras sp., together with diagnostic Maastrichtian dinocysts (Manumiella spp. complex, Operculodinium cf. azcaratei, some specimens of Fibrocysta-Exochosphaeridium complex, and Palaeocystodinium granulatum. Both packages were deposited in deep-marine environments and show, as a whole, a coarsening upward trend in the succession of Cretaceous rocks. Beauvoir Formation is part of the back-arc basin-fill of the former Rocas Verdes marginal basin. Arroyo Castorera Formation appears as a transition to the initiating Late Cretaceous Austral foreland basin evolution, clearly represented by turbiditic deposits of Río Rodríguez and Policarpo formations that were progressively accumulated in front of the rising Fuegian Andes.

  19. La identidad indígena y sus textiles: estrategias de una política económica en la provincia de Chubut

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    Méndez, Patricia María

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    A partir de la concepción de la identidad de las personas y de los grupos como una elaboración, se plantea que la actual identidad indígena empleada por el Estado en la provincia de Chubut resulta funcional a una política que pretende evitar la emigración de los escasos pobladores de las zonas rurales de la provincia. Se afirma que tal estrategia no es novedosa y que en el pasado otras versiones de esa identidad también han resultado útiles a los proyectos del poder legítimo. Mediante un trab...

  20. Modeling Late Cretaceous climate and vegetation

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    DeConto, Robert M.; Hay, William W.; Bergengren, J. C.

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    The Late Cretaceous was much warmer than today. There was no significant ice at high latitudes, meridional thermal gradients were low, and continental interiors remained warm during winter. Late Cretaceous atmospheric C02 concentrations were about four times greater than today and an enhanced "greenhouse" effect contributed to the overall warmth of the Late Cretaceous. However , increases in atmospheric C02 tend to increase temperatures at all latitudes and do not explain th...

  1. An abelisaurid from the Late Cretaceous of Egypt: implications for theropod biogeography.

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    Smith, Joshua B; Lamanna, Matthew C

    2006-05-01

    Recent paleogeographic scenarios postulate the isolation of continental Africa during the Late Cretaceous. The absence of abelisaurid theropods from Upper Cretaceous African strata was offered as support of hypothesized African isolation with the acknowledgement that the paucity of African abelisaurids may be mostly an issue of sampling. Here we report on a shed theropod tooth from the Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian, approximately 70 Ma) Duwi Formation of Egypt. The tooth was referred to the Malagasy abelisaurid "Megalosaurus" crenatissimus (=Majungasaurus crenatissimus) in 1921. A discriminant function analysis was run to test for morphological congruence between the Egyptian tooth and the dentitions of 24 theropod taxa. The analysis correctly classified 96.6% of the teeth in the sample and assigned the tooth to Majungasaurus. As current paleogeographic reconstructions posit Madagascar had attained its current position relative to Africa before the Late Cretaceous, it is unlikely that the Egyptian tooth actually pertains to Majungasaurus. Nevertheless, its classification as an abelisaurid supports its referral to the clade. This tooth thus constitutes defensible evidence of an abelisaurid from the post-Cenomanian Cretaceous of mainland Africa. Combined with recent discoveries of abelisaurids in Niger and Morocco, the result indicates that Abelisauridae was a diverse group in Africa during the Cretaceous, existing in multiple places for at least approximately 25 Ma and weakens support for hypotheses of an isolated Africa during the Late Cretaceous. PMID:16541232

  2. A new genus of alderflies (Megaloptera: Sialidae) in Upper Cretaceous Burmese amber

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    Huang, Diying; Azar, Dany; Michael S. Engel; Cai, Chenyang; Garrouste, Romain; Nel, André

    2016-01-01

    International audience A new genus and species of Mesozoic alderfly is described as Haplosialodes liui gen. et sp. nov., and from an adult male preserved in Cretaceous Burmese amber. The new genus is closely related to the genera Haplosialis Navás (Recent fauna of Madagascar), Indosialis Lestage (Recent fauna of Southeast Asia), and Eosialis Nel et al. (Eocene of France), suggesting a possible Early Cretaceous age for the clade that comprises these groups.

  3. Composición corporal de escolares pertenecientes a diferentes contextos socioeconómicos de Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina

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    Dahinten, Silvia Lucrecia

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available El desigual desarrollo del tejido muscular y de la distribución de tejido adiposo que tiene lugar durante el crecimiento humano presenta dimorfismo sexual (DS, en condiciones de vida saludables. Esta variación ha sido traducida en algoritmos utilizando la circunferencia y pliegues subcutáneos del brazo y se han elaborado ecuaciones para calcular áreas. El objetivo fue evaluar el DS observado en el crecimiento corporal de escolares de 6 a 14 años de hogares con diferente NBI -(NBI alto y (NBI bajo-. Se estudió transversalmente una muestra de 500 mujeres y 570 varones de la ciudad de Puerto Madryn, Chubut. Se relevaron: perímetro braquial y pliegues subcutáneos tricipital y subescapular y se calcularon las áreas adiposa (AAB y muscular (AMB. Se utilizaron pruebas de Wilcoxon, p= 0.05. El AAB de las mujeres fue a casi todas las edades superior a la de los varones (NBI bajo p=0.09; NBI alto p=0.02. A edades tempranas, el AMB mostró que los varones presentaron cifras similares a las mujeres. A partir de los 12 años, sin embargo, los varones comenzaron a incrementar la masa muscular. En las niñas este aumento se hizo mucho más lento (NBI alto p=0.01; NBI bajo p=0.03. La ausencia de DS en el NBI bajo, para los caracteres considerados, se relaciona con el aumento de tejido adiposo en los varones de este sector que muestra la adopción dentro de la comunidad, de dietas de alto contenido en grasas y carbohidratos acompañadas de altas tasas de obesidad.

  4. Caracterización geológica del skarn "El Abuelo" Alto Río Senguerr, Chubut

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    M.E. Lanfranchini

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available El skarn "El Abuelo" está situado en el extremo sudoccidental de la Provincia del Chubut, República Argentina. Se desarrolla en un ambiente tectónico de arco magmático, en corteza continental. Está emplazado en sedimentitas silicoclásticas con intercalaciones carbonáticas y se vincula a cuerpos intrusivos riodacíticos, conjunto atribuido al Cretácico inferior. En esta manifestación se reconocieron anomalías en elementos metalíferos (Fe, Cu, Pb, Zn, Ag que le confieren interés como guía para la exploración de recursos minerales en esta región. La presente contribución tiene por finalidad tipificar al skarn a través de una caracterización geológica y mineralógica. La asociación paragenética de minerales reconocidos permitió identificar dos episodios: uno metasomático y otro hidrotermal, ambos desarrollados en las sedimentitas (exoskarn. El primero fue originado por fluidos de derivación magmática, que provocaron la formación de minerales calcosilicáticos. Posteriormente la incorporación de agua en el sistema facilitó el desarrollo de minerales hidratados, retrogradando parcialmente al skarn, proceso que fue seguido por la depositación de hematita, magnetita y sulfuros, acompañados de sílice. La asociación de minerales calcosilicáticos, junto a la variación en la composición química de piroxenos y granates y la mineralización identificada, permiten tipificar al skarn "El Abuelo" como cálcico, con hierro como metal dominante.

  5. Los dueños del rebaño. Origen étnico y capacidad ovina en Chubut

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    Fernando Coronato

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    Full Text Available Continuando la línea de investigación inaugurada por Elsa Barbería en “Los dueños de la tierra” en Santa Cruz, avanzamos sobre la distribución de las diferentes comunidades étnicas y su parte en el poblamiento patagónico a partir del análisis cartográfico diacrónico. Para el último período del proceso utilizamos la base de datos del catastro del Chubut (2006 para evaluar « la capacidad ganadera» (entendida como la acumulación de hectáreas y ovinos de cada comunidad étnica. Estas fueron asociadas a los grupos patronímicos identificados previamente, a saber: alemán, bóer, británico (inglés y escocés, español, francés, galés, italiano, mapuche, polaco, tehuelche y vasco. Las Sociedades Anónimas se consideraron como un grupo aparte. Del tratamiento estadístico de los datos se obtuvo la superficie media de las (más de 2000 propiedades, la talla media del rebaño y la cosecha de lana de cada grupo, detectándose diferencias significativas entre algunos de ellos. Las Sociedades Anónimas se despegan solitarias hacia los latifundios, mientras que en el extremo opuesto se ubican los grupos aborígenes, arrinconados en los minifundios y la subsistencia. Estos datos relativamente actuales muestran la continuidad de los procesos identificados en el análisis catastral de etapas previas del poblamiento que se remontan a más de un siglo.

  6. Fossilized melanosomes and the colour of Cretaceous dinosaurs and birds

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    Zhang, Fucheng; Kearns, Stuart L.; Patrick J Orr; Benton, Michael J.; Zhou, Zhonghe; Johnson, Diane; Xu, Xing; Wang, Xiaolin

    2010-01-01

    Spectacular fossil remains from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Group of northeastern China have greatly expanded our knowledge of the diversity and palaeobiology of early birds and dinosaurs, and contributed to understanding of the origin of birds, of flight, and of feathers. Pennaceous (vaned) feathers and integumentary filaments are preserved in birds and non-avian theropod dinosaurs, but little is known of their microstructure. Here we report that melanosomes (colour-bearing organelles) are ...

  7. Geography of end-Cretaceous marine bivalve extinctions

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    Raup, David M.; Jablonski, David

    1993-01-01

    Analysis of the end-Cretaceous mass extinction, based on 3514 occurrences of 340 genera of marine bivalves (Mollusca), suggests that extinction intensities were uniformly global; no latitudinal gradients or other geographic patterns are detected. Elevated extinction intensities in some tropical areas are entirely a result of the distribution of one extinct group of highly specialized bivalves, the rudists. When rudists are omitted, intensities at those localities are statistically indistinguishable from those of both the rudist-free tropics and extratropical localities.

  8. A possible chelonian egg from the Brazilian late cretaceous

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    2000-01-01

    This paper describes a possible fossil egg proceeding from the Bauru Group, Late Cretaceous of Paraná Basin, Brazil. External morphology, dimensions, texture and shell ornamentation examined under electron microscopy show close resemblance to the Recent podocnemidid chelonian eggs. Association with bony material in the outcrop suggests that it is related to a species of Podocnemis. Computerized tomography reveals a high density outer region corresponding to the shell component layers, and suc...

  9. Geography of cretaceous extinctions: Data base development

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    Raup, D. M.

    1991-01-01

    Data bases built from the source literature are plagued by problems of data quality. Unless the data acquisition is done by experts, working slowly, the data base may contain so much garbage that true signals and patterns cannot be detected. On the other hand, high quality data bases develop so slowly that satisfactory statistical analysis may never be possible due to the small sample sizes. Results of a test are presented of the opposite strategy: rapid data acquisition by non-experts with minimal control on data quality. A published list of 186 species and genera of fossil invertibrates of the latest Cretaceous Age (Maestrichtian) were located through a random search of the paleobiological and geological literature. The geographic location for each faunal list was then transformed electronically to Maestrichtian latitude and longitude and the lists were further digested to identify the genera occurring in each ten-degree, latitude-longitude block. The geographical lists were clustered using the Otsuka similarity coefficient and a standard unweight-pair-group method. The resulting clusters are remarkably consistent geographically, indicating that a strong biogeographic signal is visible despite low-quality data. A further test evaluated the geographic pattern of end-Cretaceaous extinctions. All genera in the data base were compared with Sepkoski's compendium of time ranges of genera to determine which of the reported genera survived the Cretaceous mass extinction. In turn, extinction rates for the ten-degree, latitude-longitude blocks were mapped. The resulting distribution is readily interpretable as a robust pattern of the geography of the mass extinction. The study demonstrates that a low-quality data base, built rapidly, can provide a basis for meaningful analysis of past biotic events.

  10. Cretaceous-tertiary boundary event

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    In badlands along Morgan Creek, southern Saskatchewan, The Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) boundary is at the contact of the Frenchman and Ravenscrag Formations. Three sites have been investigated. Evidence of a catastrophic event at the end of the Cretaceous includes data from palynology, geochemistry, and mineralogy; it supports the hypothesis that the K-T boundary event involved the impact of an extraterrestrial object and consequent regional devastation of biotic communities. Palynologic evidence is the abrupt disappearance of many characteristic late Maestrichtian palynomorph (especially angiosperm) taxa and subsequent temporary dominance of assemblages by fern spores. These changes are interpreted, respectively, as (1) destruction of plant communities accompanied by selective extinctions and (2) repopulation of the land surface by opportunistic species prior to development of the typical regional early Paleocene flora. Geochemical analyses (neutron activation and radiochemical separations) revealed iridium abundance anomalies of 3.0, 3.3, and 4.8 ng/g in a 1-3 cm-thick, kaolinitic boundary interval at the three sites. Mineralogic evidence of the probable impact origin of boundary interval components is presence of detrital quartz and feldspar grains as large as 0.40 mm that exhibit shock metamorphic features known only from meteorite impacts or chemical and nuclear explosions

  11. Evolución geomorfológica y cronología relativa de los niveles aterrazados del área adyacente a la desembocadura del río Chubut al Atlántico (Provincia del Chubut

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    Emilio F González Díaz

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Se describe un antiguo abanico aluvial y su posterior evolución. Las acumulaciones del antiguo abanico aluvial han sido interpretadas como la continuidad septentrional de los rodados patagónicos de la meseta Montemayor, una propuesta que es rebatida. La base metodológica del reconocimiento del antiguo abanico aluvial y su distinción genética y temporal, la constituyó el análisis geomórfico y la evaluación altimétrica. Su asignación temporal es un problema aún no resuelto. La metodología condujo a diferenciar tres sistemas geomórficos o niveles, relacionados con sucesivos episodios de agradación y erosión, los que ocupan posiciones cada vez más inferiores, coincidiendo con el complejo paleodrenaje del antiguo abanico aluvial. Sus desarrollos sucesivos son vinculados con protoríos Chubut 1, 2, 3 propuestos y el correspondiente a un paleovalle Simpson. Pese a las limitaciones apuntadas, se propone que el modelo evolutivo del antiguo abanico aluvial responde a una estructura de corte y relleno, que avalaría una composición poliformacional del antiguo abanico aluvial y además la migración progresiva del paleodrenaje hacia el sur. Un análisis geomorfológico y altimétrico diferenció un nivel superior integrado por restos de tres planicies (Pa, Pm y Pb, un nivel medio con dos terrazas (T1 y T2 y un complejo nivel inferior de cinco terrazas (T3, T4, T5 T6 y T7. Evidencias relícticas de los paleodrenajes propuestos son los paleovalles Estancia Paz y Don Morgan-Saraza del nivel superior. La edad del antiguo abanico aluvial basada en la evolución geomórfica del área de estudio, es tentativamente asignada a un incierto lapso del Pleistoceno superior entre el interglacial Sangamon y fines de la última glaciación.

  12. A Tenebrionid beetle’s dataset (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae from Peninsula Valdés (Chubut, Argentina

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    German Cheli

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The Natural Protected Area Peninsula Valdés, located in Northeastern Patagonia, is one of the largest conservation units of arid lands in Argentina. Although this area has been in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1999, it has been continually exposed to sheep grazing and cattle farming for more than a century which have had a negative impact on the local environment. Our aim is to describe the first dataset of tenebrionid beetle species living in Peninsula Valdés and their relationship to sheep grazing. The dataset contains 118 records on 11 species and 198 adult individuals collected. Beetles were collected using pitfall traps in the two major environmental units of Peninsula Valdés, taking into account grazing intensities over a three year time frame from 2005–2007. The Data quality was enhanced following the best practices suggested in the literature during the digitalization and geo-referencing processes. Moreover, identification of specimens and current accurate spelling of scientific names were reviewed. Finally, post-validation processes using DarwinTest software were applied. Specimens have been deposited at Entomological Collection of the Centro Nacional Patagónico (CENPAT-CONICET. The dataset is part of the database of this collection and has been published on the internet through GBIF Integrated Publishing Toolkit (IPT (http://data.gbif.org/datasets/resource/14669/. Furthermore, it is the first dataset for tenebrionid beetles of arid Patagonia available in GBIF database, and it is the first one based on a previously designed and standardized sampling to assess the interaction between these beetles and grazing in the area. The main purposes of this dataset are to ensure accessibility to data associated with Tenebrionidae specimens from Peninsula Valdés (Chubut, Argentina, also to contribute to GBIF with primary data about Patagonian tenebrionids and finally, to promote the Entomological Collection of Centro Nacional Patag

  13. Estratigrafía y petrología del sector noreste de sierra de Apas. Provincia del Chubut

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    M. Remesal

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available La sierra de Apas, ubicada entre las provincias de Rio Negro y Chubut, forma parte del magmatismo de intraplaca emplazado durante el Paleogeno-Neógeno en el norte de la Patagonia extrandina. En el sector noreste se ha definido una estratigrafía integrada por: traquitas oscuras, flujos piroclásticos, traquitas claras, domos riolíticos y basaltos porfíricos y afíricos. Las traquitas oscuras, son relativamente más antiguas, tienen bajo porcentaje de fenocristales, y clasifican como traquitas- benmoreítas. Las traquitas claras son porfíricas, y clasifican como comenditas. Su ubicación estratigráfica es confirmada por una edad K/Ar de 19 ± 2 Ma. Los flujos piroclásticos son predominantemente vítreos, cubren a las traquitas oscuras y tienen composiciones traquiandesíticas. La petrografía y geoquímica establecen una estrecha relación con las traquitas claras. El único cuerpo dómico en el área es el cerro Colorado, cuya composición corresponde a una riolita peralcalina ó comendita; una edad K/Ar de 24 ± 1 Ma establece por primera vez su relación temporal. La unidad efusiva más joven corresponde a lavas basálticas, agrupadas en afíricas y porfíricas. Se propone designar a las primeras como basaltos olivínicos transicionales en tanto que los basaltos porfíricos se subdividen en basaltos olivínicos alcalinos y hawaiitas. Los datos estratigráficos y geoquímicos sugieren que la asociación volcánica estudiada es el resultado de al menos dos etapas evolutivas. Una de ellas incluye los basaltos, traquitas claras, flujos claros y comenditas que muestran un patrón de cristalización fraccionada. Las traquitas oscuras, más viejas, corresponderían a otro estadio evolutivo.

  14. Paleosuelos en Cordones litorales de la formación Caleta Valdés, pleistoceno superior, noreste de Chubut

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    Pablo J Bouza

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available El objetivo de este trabajo es evaluar los cambios climáticos y ecológicos registrados en los paleosuelos de la Formación Caleta Valdés (Pleistoceno superior y determinar las propiedades pedogenéticas que pueden ser utilizadas como indicadores paleopedológicos. El área de estudio se encuentra en el NE de la provincia del Chubut, en el ámbito de la Península Valdés. La estratigrafía superficial presenta tres unidades de sedimentación que fueron alternativamente edafizadas. El paleosuelo más antiguo (3Btkb-3Bkmb, formado en los depósitos gravosos de los cordones pleistocenos, presenta un mayor contenido de Fe pedogenético -presumiblemente hematita - un predominio de esmectitas y menores contenidos de δ13C y de δ18O, lo que indica una mayor proporción de plantas C3 y un clima estacionalmente contrastante de tipo mediterráneo (régimen xérico. Considerando que los cordones se habrían depositado en el MIS 5e, la formación del paleosuelo habría ocurrido durante el final de ese piso isotópico interglacial. Este paleosuelo habría sido erosionado y sepultado por episodios sedimentológicos, posiblemente asociados a los procesos periglaciares de los pisos isotópicos 4-2. Estos depósitos constituyeron -conjuntamente con adiciones eólicas- los materiales parentales de un nuevo suelo que evolucionó a la secuencia de horizontes 2Btb-2Btkb-2Bkb-2Ck durante un lapso de estabilidad ambiental. Este evento pedogenético probablemente esté asociado al lapso más húmedo y con marcada estacionalidad de las precipitaciones, ocurrido durante el Tardiglacial - Holoceno temprano, que fue seguido de un período de mayor sequía y aumento de temperaturas durante el Holoceno medio registrado en la región. El tercer evento pedogenético está representado por las secuencias de horizontes A-C.

  15. Efectos de la instalación de un gasoducto sobre algunas propiedades del suelo superficial y la cobertura vegetal en el NE de Chubut Gas-pipeline installation effects on superficial soil properties and vegetation cover in Northeastern Chubut

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    Esteban Kowaljow

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available En este trabajo describimos el impacto del tendido de un gasoducto y de la reposición parcial del material removido, sobre algunas propiedades físicas y químicas del suelo y sobre la cobertura vegetal en tres sitios ecológicos del nordeste de Chubut. En cada sitio se identificaron 4 zonas diferentes: zona 1, faja desmontada y compactada por el tránsito de maquinaria pesada; zona 2, faja desmontada, con posterior reposición del suelo y la vegetación removidos; y otras dos zonas correspondientes a la estepa adyacente no disturbada: montículos asociados a arbustos y espacios entre montículos. Los mayores valores de densidad aparente se encontraron en los suelos de la zona 1 y en los del entremontículo (1,43 Mg m-3. La resistencia a la penetración fue significativamente mayor en las zonas 1 y 2, ambas zonas presentaron valores de resistencia a la penetración superiores a 1 MPa. La tasa de infiltración fue mucho mayor en el montículo (261 mm h-1 que en el resto de las zonas. La velocidad de infiltración de la zona 2 (85 mm h-1 fue mayor a la de la zona 1 (35 mm h-1 y el entremontículo (50 mm h-1. Los contenidos de carbono orgánico y nitrógeno de los suelos de las zonas 1 y 2 fueron similares a los del entremontículo y significativamente inferiores a los del montículo, excepto en la zona 2 de uno de los sitios ecológicos. La remoción de la vegetación y el suelo superficial, y el posterior tránsito de maquinaria pesada durante la instalación del gasoducto produjeron un fuerte impacto sobre las propiedades físicas del suelo. La mayor limitación de los suelos disturbados fue su baja capacidad para incorporar agua, derivada principalmente de su elevada compactación y baja porosidad, lo que explicaría en parte la lenta recuperación de la cobertura vegetal en la zona 1. En ninguno de los tres sitios estudiados, la reposición del material removido por la actividad del desmonte significó una medida de recuperación eficaz

  16. Live birth in Cretaceous marine lizards (mosasauroids).

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    Caldwell, M W; Lee, M S

    2001-12-01

    Although live-bearing (viviparity) has evolved around 100 times within reptiles, evidence of it is almost never preserved in the fossil record. Here, we report viviparity in mosasauroids, a group of Cretaceous marine lizards. This is the only known fossil record of live-bearing in squamates (lizards and snakes), and might represent the oldest occurrence of the trait in this diverse group; it is also the only known fossil record of viviparity in reptiles other than ichthyosaurs. An exceptionally preserved gravid female of the aigialosaur Carsosaurus (a primitive mosasauroid) contains at least four advanced embryos distributed along the posterior two-thirds of the long trunk region (dorsal vertebrae 9-21). Their orientation suggests that they were born tail-first (the nostrils emerging last) to reduce the possibility of drowning, an adaptation shared with other highly aquatic amniotes such as cetaceans, sirenians and ichthyosaurs; the orientation of the embryos also suggests that they were not gut contents because swallowed prey are usually consumed head-first. One embryo is located within the pelvis, raising the possibility that the adult died during parturition. Viviparity in early medium-sized amphibious aigialosaurs may have freed them from the need to return to land to deposit eggs, and permitted the subsequent evolution of gigantic totally marine mosasaurs. PMID:11747556

  17. Late Cretaceous Limea (Pseudolimea) species of Europe

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    Dhondt, A.V.

    1989-01-01

    Four Limea (Pseudolimea) species [L. (Ps.) composita. L. (Ps.) granulata, L. (Ps.) denticulata, L. (Ps.) geinitzi] which occur frequently in Late Cretaceous strata of Europe, are redescribed. Attention is given to their origin, ecology and palaeobiogeographical distribution.

  18. Cretaceous Onlap, Gulf of Mexico Basin [cretonlapg

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — The maximum extent of Cretaceous onlap is generalized from Plate 3, Structure at the base and subcrop below Mesozoic marine section, Gulf of Mexico Basin (compiled...

  19. Patrimonio arqueológico, memoria y territorio. Procesos de autoctonización entre los mapuches de Lago Puelo, Chubut (Patagonia, Argentina

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    Carolina Crespo

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Este artículo analiza las disputas de sentido que se configuran en torno de la categoría de "autoctonía" en la localidad de Lago Puelo -Comarca Andina del Paralelo 42º, noroeste de Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina-, su articulación con determinados derechos y demandas de la población mapuche y el lugar que ocupa el patrimonio arqueológico en el proceso de autoctonización de esta población dentro de procesos hegemónicos cambiantes. Tal forma de categorización resulta central en las modalidades de construcción de identidades políticas de los pueblos indígenas, de configuración de sus demandas y de las políticas estatales de reconocimiento de derechos hacia estos pueblos.

  20. Evaluation of the Cerro Solo nuclear ore, province of Chubut. Geological characteristics of the deposit and of the basin. Pt. 2

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    The Cerro Solo uranium ore deposit, is located 420 km west from Trelew city, Chubut province, in the extra-andean. The geologic environment belongs to the northwest edge portion of the intracratonic San Jorge Gulf Basin. The uraniferous district is named Pichinanes Ridge district. The mineralization lies 25 to 130 m depth, and is hosted by Los Adobes formation aged Aptian-Albian, made up by conglomerates, sandstones, coarse-sandstones and less abundant siltstones and claystones. The Cerro Solo ore deposit that belongs to the sandstone type-uranium occurrences are lenticular or tabular shaped, associated with organic material and pyrite, generally roughly parallel to the bedding (Trend-Type). The uranium minerals are uraninite and coffinite associated with organic material and pyrite, and frequently hematite, goethite, calcite, siderite and barite are observed. (Author)

  1. Angelaíta en la paragénesis del distrito Los Manantiales, provincia del Chubut: Una nueva especie mineral

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    M.K. de Brodtkorb

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Angelaíta, Cu2AgPbBiS2 , una nueva especie mineral, fue localizada en la mina Ángela, mineralización de tipo IS del distrito Los Manantiales, Chubut, Argentina. La paragénesis incluye esfalerita, pirita, calcopirita, galena y en menor cantidad arsenopirita, betekhtinita, bornita, matildita, oro, plata, electrum, telurio, cervelleíta y hematita. La galena presenta numerosas inclusiones de angelaíta, aikinita, wittichenita y miharaíta. Esta paragénesis se presenta en vetas asociada a diferentes rocas volcánicas de la Formación Lonco Trapial de edad jurásica. La composición química de angelaíta fue obtenida con una microsonda electrónica. Se presenta en granos anhedrales de 10-100mm, es de color gris verdoso, moderadamente pleocroica y anisótropa.

  2. Dinosaurs and the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution

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    Lloyd, Graeme T.; Davis, Katie E; Pisani, Davide; Tarver, James E; Ruta, Marcello; Sakamoto, Manabu; Hone, David W. E.; Jennings, Rachel; Benton, Michael J.

    2008-01-01

    The observed diversity of dinosaurs reached its highest peak during the mid- and Late Cretaceous, the 50 Myr that preceded their extinction, and yet this explosion of dinosaur diversity may be explained largely by sampling bias. It has long been debated whether dinosaurs were part of the Cretaceous Terrestrial Revolution (KTR), from 125–80 Myr ago, when flowering plants, herbivorous and social insects, squamates, birds and mammals all underwent a rapid expansion. Although an apparent explosio...

  3. Review of the Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous stratigraphy in Western Cameros basin, Northern Spain

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    Vidal, Maria del Pilar Clemente

    2010-01-01

    The Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous stratigraphy of the Cameros basin has been reviewed. In Western Cameros the stratigraphic sections are condensed but they have a parallel development with the basin depocentre and the same groups have been identified. The Tera Group consists of two formations...

  4. Procedencia de areniscas del Grupo Chubut en el área central de la Sierra de San Bernardo. Análisis preliminar

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    M.A. Tunik

    2004-12-01

    Full Text Available Se llevaron a cabo análisis petrográficos de detalle que permitieron determinar las modas detríticas en areniscas del Grupo Chubut con el fin de inferir el marco tectónico del área de aporte de las mismas. Sobre la base de las muestras estudiadas, se observan características petrográficas distintivas entre areniscas de las Formaciones Matasiete, Castillo y Bajo Barreal. La presencia de trizas dentro de las areniscas de las Formaciones Castillo y Bajo Barreal sugeriría una depositación concomitante con volcanismo de arco activo. El ploteo de las modas detríticas en diagramas de discriminación de ambiente de procedencia mostró una diferenciación entre las unidades del Grupo Chubut. La Formación Matasiete presenta una procedencia de arco magmático no disectado, mientras que las muestras correspondientes a las Formaciones Castillo y Bajo Barreal sugieren una procedencia de arco magmático transicional o disectado. Esto último sumado a la presencia de trizas de caída directa podría explicarse por la migración del arco volcánico hacia el oeste y a la exposición de las raíces del arco volcánico del Cretácico inferior por deformación en la faja plegada concomitante con un volcanismo activo ubicado hacia el oeste de la zona de estudio.

  5. Monitoreo ambiental de aguas superficiales y subterráneas, consideración de áreas sensibles, distrito uranífero Pichiñán Este, departamento Paso de Indios, provincia del Chubut

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    Humberto O Nievas

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available En el ámbito de los estudios ambientales los sitios de localización de pobladores son considerados como áreas sensibles frente a una posible explotación del recurso uranífero. Se analiza la hidroquímica de los alrededores del distrito uranífero Pichiñán Este, sector central de la provincia del Chubut, por medio de un monitoreo que, desde el 2007, se realiza aplicando la metodología de muestreo de la comunidad europea. Se caracteriza la calidad del agua considerando elementos mayoritarios, minoritarios y trazas, estableciendo de esta manera sus potenciales usos. Estos resultados son informados a los pobladores y a la autoridad de control ambiental de la provincia del Chubut. Aunque, en general, la calidad del agua en cada punto de muestreo se mantiene relativamente constante, se observan variaciones naturales en los contenidos químicos.

  6. Mass extinction of birds at the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary.

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    Longrich, Nicholas R; Tokaryk, Tim; Field, Daniel J

    2011-09-13

    The effect of the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) (formerly Cretaceous-Tertiary, K-T) mass extinction on avian evolution is debated, primarily because of the poor fossil record of Late Cretaceous birds. In particular, it remains unclear whether archaic birds became extinct gradually over the course of the Cretaceous or whether they remained diverse up to the end of the Cretaceous and perished in the K-Pg mass extinction. Here, we describe a diverse avifauna from the latest Maastrichtian of western North America, which provides definitive evidence for the persistence of a range of archaic birds to within 300,000 y of the K-Pg boundary. A total of 17 species are identified, including 7 species of archaic bird, representing Enantiornithes, Ichthyornithes, Hesperornithes, and an Apsaravis-like bird. None of these groups are known to survive into the Paleogene, and their persistence into the latest Maastrichtian therefore provides strong evidence for a mass extinction of archaic birds coinciding with the Chicxulub asteroid impact. Most of the birds described here represent advanced ornithurines, showing that a major radiation of Ornithurae preceded the end of the Cretaceous, but none can be definitively referred to the Neornithes. This avifauna is the most diverse known from the Late Cretaceous, and although size disparity is lower than in modern birds, the assemblage includes both smaller forms and some of the largest volant birds known from the Mesozoic, emphasizing the degree to which avian diversification had proceeded by the end of the age of dinosaurs. PMID:21914849

  7. Extreme Morphogenesis and Ecological Specialization among Cretaceous Basal Ants.

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    Perrichot, Vincent; Wang, Bo; Engel, Michael S

    2016-06-01

    Ants comprise one lineage of the triumvirate of eusocial insects and experienced their early diversification within the Cretaceous [1-9]. Their ecological success is generally attributed to their remarkable social behavior. Not all ants cooperate in social hunting, however, and some of the most effective predatory ants are solitary hunters with powerful trap jaws [10]. Recent evolutionary studies predict that the early branching lineages of extant ants formed small colonies of ground-dwelling, solitary specialist predators [2, 5, 7, 11, 12], while some Cretaceous fossils suggest group recruitment and socially advanced behavior among stem-group ants [9]. We describe a trap-jaw ant from 99 million-year-old Burmese amber with head structures that presumably functioned as a highly specialized trap for large-bodied prey. These are a cephalic horn resulting from an extreme modification of the clypeus hitherto unseen among living and extinct ants and scythe-like mandibles that extend high above the head, both demonstrating the presence of exaggerated morphogenesis early among stem-group ants. The new ant belongs to the Haidomyrmecini, possibly the earliest ant lineage [9], and together these trap-jaw ants suggest that at least some of the earliest Formicidae were solitary specialist predators. With their peculiar adaptations, haidomyrmecines had a refined ecology shortly following the advent of ants. PMID:27238278

  8. Lower Cretaceous Dinosaur Tracks from Puebla, Mexico

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    Rubén A. Rodríguez-de la Rosa

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Dinosaur tracks have been identified near San Martín Atexcal, southern Puebla, Mexico, within the sedimentary sequence of the San Juan Raya Formation of Lower Cretaceous (Albian age. The tracksite, located in the bed of the Magdalena River, reveals six different ichnofossiliferous levels identified within a 9 m thick sedimentary sequence. The inferred environment is that of a tidal (marginal marine mudflat (Level I. Level I preserves three theropods trackways (?Allosauroidea, additionally, isolated tracks belonging to iguanodontids (Ornithopoda. Level II preserves faint iguanodontid tracks. Levels III to V preserve sauropod tracks. Younger level VI preserves, although morphologically different, a track belonging to Ornithopoda. The dinosaur tracks from San Martín Atexcal support the existence of continental facies within the San Juan Raya Formation; they represent the second record of dinosaur tracks from the Lower Cretaceous of Mexico and are part of an important but little documented record of Lower Cretaceous dinosaurs in Mexico.

  9. Cretaceous metamorphism, magmatism and shearing in the Waipuna Valley, directly south of the Reefton Goldfield

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    Rocks in the Waipuna Valley in Westland show that the area immediately south of the Reefton Goldfield has been dramatically affected by Cretaceous tectonism. The main lithology in the Waipuna Valley is metasedimentary Greenland Group that is here subdivided into four types (I, II, III and IV). Type I contains abundant detrital grains with a weak Palaeozoic greenschist facies overprint and is compositionally indistinguishable from unmineralised Greenland Group within the goldfield. Type II contains detrital grains, but also a weak amphibolite facies foliation or, where proximal to granitoid intrusions, a hornfelsic texture. Type III contains no detrital components and records polyphase recrystallisation. U-Th-Pb monazite dating indicates that metamorphism in the Type III rocks occurred, at least in part, at 108.1 ± 1.2 Ma. Type IV Greenland Group has partially melted. Zircon from granitoids intruding Greenland Group in the Waipuna Valley indicate Cretaceous (c. 111 Ma) emplacement. Greenland Group Types III and IV, and the granitic plutons, have been variably sheared with quartz textures indicating progressive cooling during deformation. A mylonite zone occurs just above outcrop of the Type IV rocks. Field and age relationships are interpreted to show that the Waipuna Valley exposes portions of an upper plate and lower plate to a Cretaceous ductile shear zone that is here named the Waipuna Shear Zone. The overall structure is similar to the nearby Cretaceous extensional Paparoa Metamorphic Core Complex. The Reefton Goldfield lies in the upper plate to the Waipuna Shear Zone, not far above the mylonite zone. Cretaceous metamorphism and shearing of Greenland Group could have aided formation and then transport of gold-bearing fluids into structurally higher rocks. (author).

  10. Late cretaceous aquatic plant world in Patagonia, Argentina.

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    Cúneo, N Rubén; Gandolfo, María A; Zamaloa, María C; Hermsen, Elizabeth

    2014-01-01

    In this contribution, we describe latest Cretaceous aquatic plant communities from the La Colonia Formation, Patagonia, Argentina, based on their taxonomic components and paleoecological attributes. The La Colonia Formation is a geological unit deposited during a Maastrichtian-Danian transgressive episode of the South Atlantic Ocean. This event resulted in the deposition of a series of fine-grained sediments associated with lagoon systems occurring along irregular coastal plains in northern Patagonia. These deposits preserved a diverse biota, including aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals. The aquatic macrophytes can be broadly divided into two groups: free-floating and rooted, the latter with emergent or floating leaves. Free-floating macrophytes include ferns in Salviniaceae (Azolla and Paleoazolla) and a monocot (Araceae). Floating microphytes include green algae (Botryoccocus, Pediastrum and Zygnemataceae). Among the rooted components, marsileaceous water ferns (including Regnellidium and an extinct form) and the eudicot angiosperm Nelumbo (Nelumbonaceae) are the dominant groups. Terrestrial plants occurring in the vegetation surrounding the lagoons include monocots (palms and Typhaceae), ferns with affinities to Dicksoniaceae, conifers, and dicots. A reconstruction of the aquatic plant paleocommuniy is provided based on the distribution of the fossils along a freshwater horizon within the La Colonia Formation. This contribution constitutes the first reconstruction of a Cretaceous aquatic habitat for southern South America. PMID:25148081

  11. Late cretaceous aquatic plant world in Patagonia, Argentina.

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    N Rubén Cúneo

    Full Text Available In this contribution, we describe latest Cretaceous aquatic plant communities from the La Colonia Formation, Patagonia, Argentina, based on their taxonomic components and paleoecological attributes. The La Colonia Formation is a geological unit deposited during a Maastrichtian-Danian transgressive episode of the South Atlantic Ocean. This event resulted in the deposition of a series of fine-grained sediments associated with lagoon systems occurring along irregular coastal plains in northern Patagonia. These deposits preserved a diverse biota, including aquatic and terrestrial plants and animals. The aquatic macrophytes can be broadly divided into two groups: free-floating and rooted, the latter with emergent or floating leaves. Free-floating macrophytes include ferns in Salviniaceae (Azolla and Paleoazolla and a monocot (Araceae. Floating microphytes include green algae (Botryoccocus, Pediastrum and Zygnemataceae. Among the rooted components, marsileaceous water ferns (including Regnellidium and an extinct form and the eudicot angiosperm Nelumbo (Nelumbonaceae are the dominant groups. Terrestrial plants occurring in the vegetation surrounding the lagoons include monocots (palms and Typhaceae, ferns with affinities to Dicksoniaceae, conifers, and dicots. A reconstruction of the aquatic plant paleocommuniy is provided based on the distribution of the fossils along a freshwater horizon within the La Colonia Formation. This contribution constitutes the first reconstruction of a Cretaceous aquatic habitat for southern South America.

  12. Influencia de Especies Arbóreas Implantadas sobre Parámetros Biológicos y Bioquímicos en un Suelo Forestal de Chubut, Argentina Influence of Implanted tree Species on Biological and Biochemical Parameters in a Forest soil of Chubut, Argentina

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    Diana N Effron

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Se estudió la influencia de algunas especies forestales sobre propiedades biológicas y bioquímicas de un suelo, con el propósito de contribuir a establecer criterios que logren un desarrollo sustentable para un sistema forestal. El sitio de estudio es un suelo forestal de Chubut, en la Patagonia Argentina. Se tomaron muestras superficiales de suelo de tres parcelas con una especie dominante cada una: Roble (Quercus robur, Fresno (Fraxinus excelsior L. y Pino radiata (Pinus radiata D. Don.. En ellas se determinaron carbono de respiración, actividad deshidrogenasa, actividad fosfatasa ácida, número de bacterias totales y amilolíticas, actinomicetes y hongos totales, mientras que en las hojas se determinó fósforo. Los resultados mostraron diferencias importantes de estos parámetros para las diferentes especies estudiadas, diferencias que son explicadas por la composición química de las diferentes especies vegetales.The influence of some tree species on biological and biochemical properties of a forest soil was studied with the purpose of establishing criteria to achieve a sustainable development of a forest system. The study site is a forest soil of Chubut, in the Argentinean Patagonia. Surface soil samples were taken of three plots with a dominant species each one: Oak (Quercus robur, Ash (Fraxinus excelsior L. and Radiata Pine (Pinus radiata D. Don.. Microbial respiration, dehydrogenase and acid phosphatase activities, counts of aerobic and amylolytic bacteria, actinomyces and fungi were determined in soil samples, while phosphorous was determines in leaves. The results showed important differences of these parameters for the different species considered in the study, differences that are explained by the different chemical composition of the vegetal species.

  13. Astronomical calibration of the Maastrichtian (Late Cretaceous)

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    Husson, Dorothée; Galbrun, Bruno; Laskar, Jacques;

    2011-01-01

    Recent improvements to astronomical modeling of the Solar System have contributed to important refinements of the Cenozoic time scale through astronomical calibration of sedimentary series. We extend this astronomical calibration into the Cretaceous, on the base of the 405 ka orbital eccentricity...

  14. Possible lattice organs in Cretaceous Thylacocephala

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    Lange, Sven; Schram, Frederick R.

    2002-01-01

    Structures, reminiscent of the lattice organs in thecostracan crustaceans, are described from the carapace cuticle of Cretaceous thylacocephalans. The new lattice organ like structures occur in pairs along the dorsal midline. While these have a similar outline to true lattice organs, they seem to la

  15. Sedimentary basin analysis and petroleum potential of the Cretaceous and Tertiary strata in Korea.

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    Son, Jin-Dam; Kwak, Young-Hoon; Bong, Pil-Yoon [Korea Institute of Geology Mining and Materials, Taejon (KR)] (and others)

    1999-12-01

    Since 1992 sedimentary basin analysis to assess petroleum potential of the Cretaceous and Tertiary strata in the Korean onshore and continental shelf have been carried out. The Cretaceous non-marine strata mainly occupy the Gyeongsang Basin in southeastern part of the Korean Peninsula and small basins such as Haenam and Gyeokpo depressions in western coastal areas. The Tertiary strata are mostly distributed in Domi, Cheju, Socotra subbasins, and Okinawa Trough in the South Continental Shelf, and Kunsan and Heuksan basins in the West. The basin evolution and petroleum potential for each basins are characterized as follow. The Cretaceous Gyeongsang sediments were deposited in three subbasins including Milyang, Euisung and Yongyang subbasins. The black shales in Nakdong and Jinju formations are interpreted to contain abundant organic matter during the deposition, thermal maturity reaching up to the zone of dry gas formation. Because porosity and permeability are too low, the sandstones can act as a tight gas reservoir rather than conventional oil and gas reservoir. The latest Cretaceous strata of Haenam and Kyeokpo depressions in western coastal area are correlated into the Yuchon Volcanic Group of the Gyeongsang Basin. Petroleum potential of the Early Cretaceous basin in the West Continental Shelf could be relatively high in terms of sedimentary basin filled with thick lacustrine sediments. The Kunsan basin in the West Continental Shelf originated in the Early Cretaceous time expanded during the Paleocene time followed by regional erosion at the end of Paleocene on which Neogene sediment have been accumulated. The Paleocene-Eocene sublacustrine shales may play an major role as a source and cap rocks. South Continental Shelf Basin is subdivided by Cheju subbasin in the center, Socotra Subbasin to the west, Domi Subbasin to the northeast and Okinawa Trough to the East. The potential hydrocarbon traps associated with anticline, titled fault blocks, fault, unconformity

  16. Cretaceous desert cycles, wind direction and hydrologic cycle variations in Ordos Basin:Evidence for Cretaceous climatic unequability

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    JIANG Xinsheng; PAN Zhongxi; XIE Yuan; LI Minghui

    2004-01-01

    Climatic state under greenhouse effect is a currently hot point. Whether greenhouse climate in geological history, especially in Cretaceous, was equable or not has aroused extensive discussion. By analysis on depositional cyclcity, wind direction change and hydrologic cycle variation of Cretaceous desert in the Ordos Basin of China, the unequability of Cretaceous climate is dealt. It is shown that Cretaceous climate was extremely cyclic, not only having long and mid term but also having strong seasonal even instantaneous changes. Therefore, it is suggested that Cretaceous climate was not equable.

  17. Cretaceous desert cycles, wind direction and hydrologic cycle variations in Ordos Basin: Evidence for Cretaceous climatic unequability

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    JIANG; Xinsheng; PAN; Zhongxi; XIE; Yuan; LI; Minghui

    2004-01-01

    Climatic state under greenhouse effect is a currently hot point. Whether greenhouse climate in geological history, especially in Cretaceous, was equable or not has aroused extensive discussion. By analysis on depositional cyclcity, wind direction change and hydrologic cycle variation of Cretaceous desert in the Ordos Basin of China, the unequability of Cretaceous climate is dealt. It is shown that Cretaceous climate was extremely cyclic, not only having long and mid term but also having strong seasonal even instantaneous changes. Therefore, it is suggested that Cretaceous climate was not equable.

  18. Circulación, intercambio y uso de obsidianas en la costa de la provincia del Chubut (Patagonia argentina, durante el Holoceno tardío

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    Julieta Gómez Otero

    2005-12-01

    Full Text Available Se presentan los resultados de un nuevo análisis de elementos traza en 26 artefactos de 19 sitios arqueológicos de la costa de la provincia del Chubut. Dieciocho sitios son del sector norte, entre las desembocaduras del Arroyo Verde y del río Chubut y el último está situado al sur, en Cabo Dos Bahías. Seis diferentes tipos de obsidiana fueron identificados; tres de ellos de fuentes conocidas: los tipos T/SCI de la fuente de Telsen y SI de la fuente Sacanana, ambas del centro-norte de la provincia del Chubut y el tipo PDAI de la fuente de Pampa del Asador, en la provincia de Santa Cruz. Los tipos de fuente desconocida son: CC? anteriormente determinado en un sitio arqueológico de Cerro Castillo, margen suroeste de la Meseta de Somuncurá; el tipo T/SCII, en principio considerado como subtipo de la fuente de Telsen, pero según estos nuevos análisis pertenece a una fuente distinta; y un tipo nuevo, MSI, cuya fuente estaría en la Meseta de Somuncurá. La información aquí presentada indica que los seis diferentes tipos de obsidiana llegaron a la costa central de Patagonia desde centros de aprovisionamiento independientes y desde distancias variables entre 100 km y 800 km.The results of analyses of trace-elements in twenty-six samples of obsidian from 19 archaeological sites along the Atlantic coast, between Golfo San Matías Oeste (41°55´58.8´´S and Cabo Dos Bahías (44°54´77.9´´S are presented as a contribution to studies of sources and distribution of obsidian in archaeological sites in central Patagonia, specifically the province of Chubut, Argentina. Six different types of obsidian occur in this collection, three of which come from known obsidian sources. Four of the samples are chemically similar to obsidian type T/SCI, which is derived from near Sierra Negra (42°21'S - 66°36´W, northeast of the town of Telsen, and is located between 100 and 235 km linear distance west of the sites along the coast in which this obsidian

  19. Stratigraphic framework and evolution of the Cretaceous continental sequences of the Bauru, Sanfranciscana, and Parecis basins, Brazil

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    Batezelli, Alessandro; Ladeira, Francisco Sergio Bernardes

    2016-01-01

    With the breakup of the supercontinent Gondwana, the South American Plate has undergone an intense process of tectonic restructuring that led to the genesis of the interior basins that encompassed continental sedimentary sequences. The Brazilian Bauru, Sanfranciscana and Parecis basins during Late Cretaceous have had their evolution linked to this process of structuring and therefore have very similar sedimentary characteristics. The purpose of this study is to establish a detailed understanding of alluvial sedimentary processes and architecture within a stratigraphic sequence framework using the concept of the stratigraphic base level or the ratio between the accommodation space and sediment supply. The integration of the stratigraphic and facies data contributed to defining the stratigraphic architecture of the Bauru, Sanfranciscana and Parecis Basins, supporting a model for continental sequences that depicts qualitative changes in the sedimentation rate (S) and accommodation space (A) that occurred during the Cretaceous. This study discusses the origin of the unconformity surfaces (K-0, K-1 and K-1A) that separate Sequences 1, 2A and 2B and the sedimentary characteristics of the Bauru, Sanfranciscana and Parecis Basins from the Aptian to the Maastrichtian, comparing the results with other Cretaceous Brazilian basins. The lower Cretaceous Sequence 1 (Caiuá and Areado groups) is interpreted as a low-accommodation systems tract compound by fluvial and aeolian systems. The upper Cretaceous lacustrine, braided river-dominated alluvial fan and aeolian systems display characteristics of the evolution from high-to low-accommodation systems tracts (Sequences 2A and 2B). Unconformity K-0 is related to the origin of the Bauru Basin itself in the Early Cretaceous. In Sanfranciscana and Parecis basins, the unconformity K-0 marks the contact between aeolian deposits from Lower Cretaceous and Upper Cretaceous alluvial systems (Sequences 1 and 2). Unconformity K-1, which was

  20. Magnesioferrite from the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary, Caravaca, Spain

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    Bohor, Bruce F.; Foord, Eugene E.; Ganapathy, Ramachandran

    1986-12-01

    The results of an analysis of samples separated from the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) boundary clay at Caravaca, Spain are presented. Magnetically fractionated samples were irradiated with thermal neutrons, and the element concentrations were determined by gamma-ray counting. The magnetic mineral separated from the basal layer of the K-T boundary is a spinel-type phase having the composition of magnesioferrite, and is high (about 29 ppb) in iridium. This spinel-type phase and others of the spinel group found in K-T boundary clays have been proposed to represent unaltered remnants of ejecta deposited from an earth-girdling dust cloud formed from the impact of an asteroid or other large bolide at the end of the Cretaceous period. Major element composition (high Cr and Ni) and trace element ratios of the analyzed samples indicate either an extraterrestrial or mantle source for the magnesioferrite. On the basis of the crystal morphology and general compositon of the grains, rapid crystallization at high temperature is indicated, most likely directly from a vapor phase or emanating cloud and in an environment of moderate oxygen fugacity.

  1. The first Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian dinosaur footprints from Transylvania (Romania

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    Matei Vremir

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available An Uppermost Cretaceous (Maastrichtian site exposing dinosaur footprints is reported from the Sebes̡ area (Transylvanian Depression. This is the first dinoturbated layer discovered in our country, containing also numerous bones belonging to various dinosaurs. The track-site is located near Lancrăm village and provides only two quite well preserved footprints (one track. The medium sized (FL = 23,3 cm; FW = 17,8 cm; pace = 103 cm; ST = 200 cm plantigrad-tridactyle footprints belong to Ornithopedoidei, according to their morphology. An assignment to the Iguanodontichnus CASAMIQUELA & FASOLA, 1968 group seems to be appropriate (tentatively, associated to the “Rhabdodon” iguanodontian dinosaur. The importance of this discovery lies in the stratigraphical significance, confirming the Uppermost Cretaceous age of these dinosaur-bearing continental deposits exposed between Sebes̡ and Alba-Iulia (as well as the autochthon/ paraautochon status of some vertebrate assemblages identified there, which previously were considered Oligocene or even Miocene. Additional data regarding size, speed and locomotion of the Transylvanian Iguanodontian ”Rhabdodon” dinosaurs are added.

  2. Mammalian hairs in Early Cretaceous amber

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    Vullo, Romain; Girard, Vincent; Azar, Dany; Néraudeau, Didier

    2010-07-01

    Two mammalian hairs have been found in association with an empty puparium in a ˜100-million-year-old amber (Early Cretaceous) from France. Although hair is known to be an ancestral, ubiquitous feature in the crown Mammalia, the structure of Mesozoic hair has never been described. In contrast to fur and hair of some Jurassic and Cretaceous mammals preserved as carbonized filaments, the exceptional preservation of the fossils described here allows for the study of the cuticular structure. Results show the oldest direct evidence of hair with a modern scale pattern. This discovery implies that the morphology of hair cuticula may have remained unchanged throughout most of mammalian evolution. The association of these hairs with a possible fly puparium provides paleoecological information and indicates peculiar taphonomic conditions.

  3. De la migración al exilio, ¿un tránsito al empoderamiento? : Trabajadores chilenos en el NE de Chubut después del golpe de estado contra Salvador Allende

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    Gatica, Mónica Graciela

    2012-01-01

    En este artículo abordamos el análisis de experiencias exiliares de trabajadores chilenos que se radicaron en el Noreste de la Provincia de Chubut, en Patagonia Argentina, después de producido el golpe de estado contra el presidente democrático Salvador Allende Gossens, en Septiembre de 1973. El exilio fue un tema olvidado, menor, un componente subalterno; y el olvido fue la estrategia de reconciliación por la que se optó después de la vuelta a la democracia en Chile.

  4. History of the Cretaceous Osbourn spreading center

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    Downey, Nathan J.; Stock, Joann M.; Clayton, Robert W.; Cande, Steven C.

    2007-01-01

    The Osbourn Trough is a fossil spreading center that rifted apart the Manihiki and Hikurangi Plateaus during Cretaceous time. Previous models of the Osbourn spreading center are based on data collected near the trough axis, and therefore only constrain the history of the Osbourn spreading center during the last few Ma of spreading. Our data set includes multibeam data collected northward to the Manihiki Plateau, allowing us to examine seafloor morphology created during the entire active perio...

  5. Depositional features of the fan delta from lower Cretaceous Kezilesu Group in Yecheng sag, southwestern Tarim Basin%塔里木盆地西南部叶城凹陷下白垩统克孜勒苏群扇三角洲沉积特征及模式

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    厚刚福; 孙雄伟; 李昌; 刘群; 曾庆鲁; 熊冉; 曹全斌

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    以野外露头、岩心观察为基础,结合录井、测井及粒度分析,认为叶城凹陷下白垩统克孜勒苏群发育进积型扇三角洲,划分出扇三角洲平原与扇三角洲前缘水下分流河道、分流间湾与河口坝.扇三角洲平原受重力流作用明显;扇三角洲前缘主要受牵引流作用,在盆地的短轴方向延伸范围较小,而在长轴方向延伸范围较大,与相邻扇三角洲前缘朵叶叠置连片.扇三角洲由山前向断陷湖盆进积,在盆地的短轴方向构成一侧为陡坡、另一侧为宽缓斜坡的单断式断陷盆地充填模式.这种沉积模式不仅控制了扇三角洲各亚相单元的发育特征,而且对微相类型与砂体分布有控制作用.%Based on field outcrop and core observation, combined with mud logging, logging and grain size analysis, the authors found that there are prograded fan delta sediments in lower Cretaceous Kezilesu Group of Yecheng sag, which can be divided into fan delta plain, fan delta frontier underwater distributary channel, mouth bar and interdistributary bay. Fan delta plain was obviously affected by gravity flow, whereas fan delta frontier was mainly affected by traction current. The latter extended limitedly in the direction of the short axis, and extended a considerable distance in superimposition association with adjacent fan delta frontier leaves in the direction of the long axis. Fan delta experienced progradation from the piedmont area to the faulted lake basin, forming mono-faulted fault basin filling model in the direction of the short axis, which was steep slope on one side, and wide and gentle slope on the other side. This sedimentary model controlled not only characteristics of each unit of the fan delta but also microfacies types and sand distribution.

  6. Climate and carbon-cycling in the Early Cretaceous

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    Littler, K

    2011-01-01

    The Cretaceous (~145–65 Ma) is widely regarded as a greenhouse period with warm, equable climates and elevated atmospheric CO2 relative to the modern. However, the earliest Cretaceous (Berriasian–Barremian; 145–125 Ma) is commonly characterised as a relatively colder “coolhouse” interval, typified by lower global temperatures than the mid-Cretaceous. Unfortunately, the lack of absolute sea surface temperature (SST) estimates prior to the Barremian has hampered efforts to defini...

  7. Análisis de la diversidad biológica y mestizaje en la ciudad de Puerto Madryn (Prov. de Chubut, Argentina

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    Parolín, María Laura

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available En el marco del estudio de la composición genética de las poblaciones cosmopolitas de Argentina, se analizó una muestra poblacional de la localidad de Puerto Madryn (PM con la finalidad de evaluar su diversidad biológica mediante la utilización de marcadores biparentales y uniparentales y comparar los resultados con los obtenidos previamente por nuestro equipo de investigación en seis poblaciones cosmopolitas de distintas regiones de la Argentina, aunque poniendo el énfasis en las correspondientes a la Región Patagónica.Las muestras biológicas fueron tomadas con consentimiento informado a 82 dadores de sangre no emparentados que concurrieron al Banco de Sangre y al Hospital Subzonal de dicha localidad, a quienes también se les realizó una encuesta genealógica. A partir de los datos proporcionados por los marcadores autosómicos, se registró una contribución europea de 67.2%, amerindia de 29.4% y africana de 3.4%. A un origen amerindio fueron adscriptos el 59.9% y 8.7% de los linajes maternos y paternos, respectivamente, revelando un desigual aporte autóctono por género.El aporte europeo se vio representado principalmente por el Hg H (19.5% y se detectaron sólo dos linajes subsaharianos.En PM las migraciones desde el centro del país han generado un fuerte impacto, reflejado en la mayor contribución de marcadores europeos respecto de dos muestras estudiadas previamente en Chubut (Comodoro Rivadavia y Esquel. Estas diferencias al interior de una misma provincia nos advierten que no puede abordarse el análisis de la constitución genética de las poblaciones sin dar cuenta de las particularidades regionales.

  8. El caso del Outburst Flood histórico de la laguna Derrumbe, Cholila, Chubut: Colapso de dique Morénico en la Cordillera Norpatagónica The historic outburst flood of the laguna Derrumbe, Cholila, Chubut: Fast glacier retreat and moraine dam failure in North Patagonian Cordillera

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    Bruno Colavitto

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available La laguna Derrumbe es un cuerpo de agua ubicado en los Andes Norpatagónicos en la provincia de Chubut, Argentina. Está contenida en un circo glaciario y endicada por una morena frontal del glaciar homónimo. A través del reconocimiento de campo se pudo describir a esta laguna y a un importante depósito rocoso que se halla aguas abajo de la misma, interpretado como un depósito de outburst flood. Estos depósitos son generados por procesos de alta energía relacionados con la rotura de un dique natural, en este caso un dique morénico. El estudio realizado permitió concluir que la morena frontal del glaciar Derrumbe sufrió una rotura parcial en tiempos históricos, desatando así una inundación súbita aguas abajo de la laguna, a través del valle del río Tigre, en la localidad de Cholila. En este trabajo se analizaron las posibles causas que dieron lugar a la rotura, la cual probablemente sea producto del rápido retroceso que el glaciar experimentó durante la década del ´50 y principios del ´60. Retroceso comparable con el ocurrido en muchos de los cuerpos glaciares de los Andes Patagónicos durante el último siglo.The Laguna Derrumbe is a body of water located in the North Patagonian Andes, in Chubut province, Argentina. This lake is contained in a glacial cirque and dammed by the terminal moraine of the namesake glacier. Through field survey it was possible to describe this lake and an important rocky deposit downstream of it, which is interpreted as an outburst flood deposit. These deposits are generated by high-energy processes related to the failure of a natural dam, in this case a moraine dam. The study made allowed to conclude that the frontal moraine of the Derrumbe glacier suffered a partial rupture in historic times, unleashing a flash flood downstream to the lake, through the Tigre river valley in the town of Cholila. In this work the possible causes that led to the failure are discussed, concluding that the main cause

  9. Analysis of low-frequency climate periodicity in lacustrine sediments from the Enciso Group (Lower Cretaceous, Cameros basin, La Rioja, Spain) and its application to the correlation and dating of the series; Analisis de la periodicidad climatica de baja frecuencia registrada en los sedimentos lacustres del Grupo Enciso (Cretacico Inferior de la cuenca de Cameros, La Rioja): Aplicaciones a la correlacion y datacion de la serie

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    Angulo, A.; Munoz, A.

    2013-06-01

    We have characterized seven facies linked to three sedimentary environments: distal riverine, siliciclastic lacustrine and carbonate lacustrine, in the Lower Cretaceous syn-rift deposits in the Cameros basin (Enciso Group). The analysis was conducted on a 996-metre-thick series consisting of 74 sedimentary cycles. The facies were analysed using the Markov chains method. We identified three type-sequences linked to the recognised sedimentary environments. By studying the relationships between the facies we were able to develop a sedimentological model, with the relative position of each facies related to the lake shoreline. From this model we could construct a time series based on semi-quantitative depth (depth rank) and analyse it with the Wavelet and REDFIT programs. Spectral analysis identified periodic sedimentary cycles comparable to Milankovitch frequencies. The results show power-spectrum maxima (confidence level >99%) at 90.56 m, 16.66 m, 7.14 m, 5.37 m and 3.93 m. The sedimentary cycle interpreted as short eccentricity (16.66 m) is the most easily identifiable in the outcrop and constitutes the basis of our sequential analysis. The accumulation rate calculated for the Enciso Group is 175 m/Ma. Sedimentation of the Enciso Group at the Munilla section covers a time span of about 6 Ma, from the Upper Hauterivian to the the Middle Aptian. (Author)

  10. Upper Cretaceous to Pleistocene melilitic volcanic rocks of the Bohemian Massif: petrology and mineral chemistry

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    Skála Roman

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    Full Text Available Upper Cretaceous to Pleistocene volcanic rocks of the Bohemian Massif represent the easternmost part of the Central European Volcanic Province. These alkaline volcanic series include rare melilitic rocks occurring as dykes, sills, scoria cones and flows. They occur in three volcanic periods: (i the Late Cretaceous to Paleocene period (80–59 Ma in northern Bohemia including adjacent territories of Saxony and Lusatia, (ii the Mid Eocene to Late Miocene (32.3–5.9 Ma period disseminated in the Ohře Rift, the Cheb–Domažlice Graben, Vogtland, and Silesia and (iii the Early to Late Pleistocene period (1.0–0.26 Ma in western Bohemia. Melilitic magmas of the Eocene to Miocene and Pleistocene periods show a primitive mantle source [(143Nd/144Ndt=0.51280–0.51287; (87Sr/86Srt=0.7034–0.7038] while those of the Upper Cretaceous to Paleocene period display a broad scatter of Sr–Nd ratios. The (143Nd/144Ndt ratios (0.51272–0.51282 of the Upper Cretaceous to Paleocene rocks suggest a partly heterogeneous mantle source, and their (87Sr/86Srt ratios (0.7033–0.7049 point to an additional late- to post-magmatic hydrothermal contribution. Major rock-forming minerals include forsterite, diopside, melilite, nepheline, sodalite group minerals, phlogopite, Cr- and Ti-bearing spinels. Crystallization pressures and temperatures of clinopyroxene vary widely between ~1 to 2 GPa and between 1000 to 1200 °C, respectively. Nepheline crystallized at about 500 to 770 °C. Geochemical and isotopic similarities of these rocks occurring from the Upper Cretaceous to Pleistocene suggest that they had similar mantle sources and similar processes of magma development by partial melting of a heterogeneous carbonatized mantle source.

  11. Evolution and palaeoenvironment of the Bauru Basin (Upper Cretaceous, Brazil)

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    Fernandes, Luiz Alberto; Magalhães Ribeiro, Claudia Maria

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    The Bauru Basin was one of the great Cretaceous desert basins of the world, evolved in arid zone called Southern Hot Arid Belt. Its paleobiological record consists mainly of dinosaurs, crocodiles and turtles. The Bauru Basin is an extensive region of the South American continent that includes parts of the southeast and south of Brazil, covering an area of 370,000 km2. It is an interior continental basin that developed as a result of subsidence of the central-southern part of the South-American Platform during the Late Cretaceous (Coniacian-Maastrichtian). This sag basin is filled by a sandy siliciclastic sequence with a preserved maximum thickness of 480 m, deposited in semiarid to desert conditions. Its basement consists of volcanic rocks (mainly basalts) of the Lower Cretaceous (Hauterivian) Serra Geral basalt flows, of the Paraná-Etendeka Continental Flood Basalt Province. The sag basin was filled by an essentially siliciclastic psammitic sequence. In lithostratigraphic terms the sequence consists of the Caiuá and Bauru groups. The northern and northeastern edges of the basin provide a record of more proximal original deposits, such as associations of conglomeratic sand facies from alluvial fans, lakes, and intertwined distributary river systems. The progressive basin filling led to the burial of the basaltic substrate by extensive blanket sand sheets, associated with deposits of small dunes and small shallow lakes that retained mud (such as loess). Also in this intermediate context between the edges (more humid) and the interior (dry), wide sand sheet areas crossed by unconfined desert rivers (wadis) occurred. In the central axis of the elliptical basin a regional drainage system formed, flowing from northeast to southwest between the edges of the basin and the hot and dry inner periphery of the Caiuá desert (southwest). Life in the Bauru Basin flourished most in the areas with the greatest water availability, in which dinosaurs, crocodiles, turtles, fish

  12. Modern mammal origins: evolutionary grades in the Early Cretaceous of North America.

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    Jacobs, L L; Winkler, D A; Murry, P A

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    Major groups of modern mammals have their origins in the Mesozoic Era, yet the mammalian fossil record is generally poor for that time interval. Fundamental morphological changes that led to modern mammals are often represented by small samples of isolated teeth. Fortunately, functional wear facets on teeth allow prediction of the morphology of occluding teeth that may be unrepresented by fossils. A major step in mammalian evolution occurred in the Early Cretaceous with the evolution of tribo...

  13. Bias correction for the orientation distribution of slump fold axes: Application to the Cretaceous Izumi basin

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    Koyama, Toshiyuki; Yamaji, Atsushi; Sato, Katsushi

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    Linear structures perpendicular to an outcrop surface are easily discovered, but those parallel to the surface are not, giving rise to a biased orientation distribution of the structures. Here, we propose a bias correction method: Statistical inversion was conducted to unbias the distribution of the axes of mesoscale slump folds in the Cretaceous Izumi Group, Japan using the orientation distribution of outcrop surfaces. The observed axes showed a cluster in the SE quadrant. Their unbiased dis...

  14. Skin of the Cretaceous mosasaur Plotosaurus: implications for aquatic adaptations in giant marine reptiles

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    Lindgren, Johan; Alwmark, Carl; Caldwell, Michael W.; Anthony R Fiorillo

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    The physical nature of water and the environment it presents to an organism have long been recognized as important constraints on aquatic adaptation and evolution. Little is known about the dermal cover of mosasauroids (a group of secondarily aquatic reptiles that occupied a wide array of predatory niches in the Cretaceous marine ecosystems 92–65 Myr ago), a lack of information that has hindered inferences about the nature and level of their aquatic adaptations. A newly discovered Plotosaurus...

  15. A new crested pterosaur from the early cretaceous of Spain: the first European tapejarid (Pterodactyloidea: Azhdarchoidea)

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    Vullo, Romain; Marugán-Lobón, Jesús; Buscalioni, Angela D.; Gomez, Bernard; De La Fuente, Montserrat; Moratalla, José J.; Kellner, Alexander W. A.

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    Background: The Tapejaridae is a group of unusual toothless pterosaurs characterized by bizarre cranial crests. From a paleoecological point of view, frugivorous feeding habits have often been suggested for one of its included clades, the Tapejarinae. So far, the presence of these intriguing flying reptiles has been unambiguously documented from Early Cretaceous sites in China and Brazil, where pterosaur fossils are less rare and fragmentary than in similarly-aged European strata. Methodology...

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    This report is about the first Cretaceous symposium of South America. The main topics include the geological characteristics of different countries in America as such Brazil, Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Colombia, Uruguay in relation to different stages of the Cretaceous period. Brazil has a Proterozoic sedimentary area Including, paleozoic, cretaceous and tertiary basins, But the cretaceous rock are of vital Importance to the petroleum geology of Brazil. It also describes the chemical stratigraphy of the sandstones and the depositional architecture of the Bau ru group and paleocurrent paleoecological and paleobiogeographic Implications. Also most of the bio constructions formation are in Cuba Cretaceous sediments. In Chile Atacama region are important the mineral para genesis on the bitumen rich lavas metallotect, lower cretaceous. In Uruguay there is the conchostracans faunas from Castellanos formation in Santa Lucia basin lithologies and mineralizations in Valle Chico formation. In Chubut Province Argentina there are a calci c zeolites in upper cretaceous volcanic rocks.

  17. Taxonomy of Late Jurassic - Early Cretaceous aptychi from Bulgaria

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    Vašíček, Zdeněk; Motchurova; Dekova, N.; Ilcheva, A.; Metodiev, L.

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    Roč. 265, č. 3 (2012), s. 249-274. ISSN 0077-7749 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30860518 Keywords : Late Jurassic * Early Cretaceous * Bulgaria * aptychi * ammonites * parataxonomy Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 0.923, year: 2012 http://www.schweizerbart.de/papers/njgpa/detail/265/78431/Taxonomy_of_Late_Jurassic_Early_Cretaceous_aptychi

  18. Cretaceous - Tertiary Hoploparia species: Occurrence, paleobiogeography and predation context

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    El-Shazly, Soheir

    2015-12-01

    The study of Hoploparia species in 25 localities in Northern and Southern Hemispheres from Early Cretaceous to Early Miocene reveals the appearance of 51 species in Early Cretaceous, mostly in Northern Hemisphere, 46 species from Late Cretaceous (42 and 4 carryover from the Early Cretaceous), 7 species from Danian (4 plus 3 carryover from the Late Cretaceous), 7 species from Eocene (6 plus one from the Early Cretaceous), 2 species from Lower Oligocene and the last recorded species Hoploparia persisted in the Early Miocene of Antarctica. The oldest Hoploparia was recorded from Europe and distributed through the Northern and Southern Hemispheres with the facilitation of the Indo-Madagascar sea-way and Hispanic corridor. The tolerance for temperature and water depth as well as the morphological changes in genus Hoploparia in the Late Cretaceous and Tertiary periods, helped some species to survive the K/T event. Drill-hole predation in Hoploparia longimana (Sowerby, 1826) was recorded for the first time from the Lower Cretaceous (Albian) of Egypt.

  19. Geologic and biostratigraphic framework of the non-marine Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary interval in western North America

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    Nichols, D.J.

    1990-01-01

    Palynologically defined Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary sites in nonmarine rocks in western North America exhibit similar characteristics. All are marked by abrupt disappearance of the regional uppermost Cretaceous palynoflora at the level of an iridium anomaly; most also yeild shock-metamorphosed minerals. All are in coal-bearing, fluvial or paludal depositional settings, although the boundary horizon may be below, within, above, or at some stratigraphic distance from coal seams. At many sites the lowermost Tertiary beds contain assemblages overwhelmed by fern spores that, together with extinctions of some groups of angiosperms, are taken as evidence of regional devastation of terrestrial plant communities and subsequent recolonization by pioneer species. ?? 1990.

  20. Genesis of Low-Resistivity Oil layers from Cretaceous System in Luxi Area and Its Geological Significance

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    2002-01-01

    Genesis of low-resistivity oil layers from cretaceous system in Luxi area was studied. The result shows that the resistivity of oil layers is lower than that of water layers from Tugulu Group(K1tg),Cretaceous in Luliang area,Zhungeer basin, resulting in a disaccordance with logging interpretation on oil layers,oil-water layers and water layers.The research on the petro-texture of reservoirs also shows that the watered clay pellicle (I/S, I, ch) is well developed in K1tg expands the section of conductive net and results in a low resistivity of oil layers.

  1. Current oil and gas production from North American Upper Cretaceous Chalks

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    Scholle, P.A.

    1977-01-01

    Production of oil and natural gas from North American chalks has increased significantly during the past five years. Chalk reservoirs have been discovered in the Gulf Coast in the Austin Group, Saratoga and Annona Chalks, Ozan Formation, Selma Group, Monroe gas rock, (an informal unit of Navarro age), and other Upper Cretaceous units. In the Western Interior, production has been obtained from the Cretaceous Niobrara and Greenhorn Formations. Significant discoveries of natural gas and gas condensate also have been made in the Upper Cretaceous Wyandot Formation on the Scotian Shelf of eastern Canada. All North American chalk units share a similar depositional and diagenetic history. The diagenetic history of a chalk is critical in determining its reservoir potential. All chalk has a stable composition (low-Mg calcite) and very high primary porosity. With subsequent burial, mechanical and chemical (solution-transfer) compaction can reduce or completely eliminate pore space. The degree of loss of primary porosity in chalk sections is normally a direct function of the maximum depth to which it has been buried. Pore-water chemistry, pore-fluid pressures, and tectonic stresses also influence rates of cementation. Oil or gas reservoirs of North American chalk fall into three main groups: 1. Areas with thin overburden and significant primary porosity retention. 2. Areas with thicker overburden but considerable fracturing. 3. Areas with thick overburden in which marine pore fluids have been retained.

  2. Between the Alb and the Alps - The fauna of the Upper Cretaceous Sandbach Formation (Passau region, southeast Germany)

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    Schneider, R.; Niebuhr, B.; Wilmsen, M.; Vodrážka, Radek

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 86, č. 4 (2011), s. 785-816. ISSN 1214-1119 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : invertebrate macrofauna * Turonian * Coniacian * palaeoecology * Danubian Cretaceous Group * paleoecology * stratigraphy Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 1.099, year: 2011

  3. Low ecological disparity in Early Cretaceous birds.

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    Mitchell, Jonathan S; Makovicky, Peter J

    2014-07-22

    Ecological divergence is thought to be coupled with evolutionary radiations, yet the strength of this coupling is unclear. When birds diversified ecologically has received much less attention than their hotly debated crown divergence time. Here, we quantify how accurately skeletal morphology can predict ecology in living and extinct birds, and show that the earliest known assemblage of birds (=pygostylians) from the Jehol Biota (≈125 Ma) was substantially impoverished ecologically. The Jehol avifauna has few representatives of highly preservable ecomorphs (e.g. aquatic forms) and a notable lack of ecomorphological overlap with the pterosaur assemblage (e.g. no large or aerially foraging pygostylians). Comparisons of the Jehol functional diversity with modern and subfossil avian assemblages show that taphonomic bias alone cannot explain the ecomorphological impoverishment. However, evolutionary simulations suggest that the constrained ecological diversity of the Early Cretaceous pygostylians is consistent with what is expected from a relatively young radiation. Regardless of the proximate biological explanation, the anomalously low functional diversity of the Jehol birds is evidence both for ecological vacancies in Cretaceous ecosystems, which were subsequently filled by the radiation of crown Aves, and for discordance between taxonomic richness and ecological diversity in the best-known Mesozoic ecosystem. PMID:24870044

  4. Sedimentología y paleoambientes del Subgrupo Río Colorado (Cretácico Superior, Grupo Neuquén, en las bardas de la ciudad de Neuquén y alrededores Sedimentology and sedimentary paleoenvironments of Río Colorado Subgroup (Upper Cretaceous, Neuquén Group, in Neuquén city and surrounding areas

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    M.L. Sánchez

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available En la ciudad de Neuquén y alrededores afloran depósitos del Cretácico superior asignados al Subgrupo Río Colorado. La presente contribución da a conocer los resultados del análisis sedimentológico y paleoambiental de las Formaciones Bajo de la Carpa (Santoniano y Anacleto (Campaniano inferior. Los estudios llevados a cabo permitieron definir cuatro litofacies conglomerádicas, nueve de areniscas y dos pelíticas, que fueron agrupadas en nueve asociaciones de litofacies, dos de ellas de origen eólico y siete fluviales. La Formación Bajo de la Carpa está representada en la base por un sistema fluvial efímero, y en el techo por depósitos de interacción fluvio- eólica. Los depósitos fluviales corresponden a flujos canalizados durante episodios de máxima descarga. Luego se identifica un campo de dunas transversales, afectado en el subambiente de interduna por corrientes fluviales efímeras, y dunas parabólicas producto de la removilización del sistema eólico infrayacente, asociadas con depósitos de flujos efímeros en manto. La extensión y geometría de los campos de dunas respondieron a variaciones climáticas de corto término, interferencia del sistema fluvial, oscilaciones del nivel freático, bajo suministro y/o disponibilidad de sedimentos y factores tectónicos. La Formación Anacleto presenta en su base sistemas fluviales de baja sinuosidad, alta energía y rápida agradación, controlados por un bajo espacio de acomodación y condiciones climáticas con marcada estacionalidad. Hacia el tope se identifica un sistema fluvial anastomosado que refleja variaciones climáticas y aumento de la tasa de subsidencia acompañada de un lento ascenso del nivel de base relacionado con la ingresión atlántica maastrichtiana.Upper Cretaceous deposits included in Río Colorado Subgroup crop out in Neuquén city and surrounding areas. This work shows the results of the sedimentogical and paleoenvironmental analysis of Bajo de la Carpa

  5. Estratigrafía del Grupo Neuquén, Cretácico Superior de la Cuenca Neuquina (Argentina: nueva propuesta de ordenamiento litoestratigráfico Stratigraphy of the Neuquén Group, Upper Cretaceous of the Neuquén Basin (Argentina: new proposal for lithostratigraphic ordaining

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    Alberto C. Garrido

    2010-12-01

    éano Atlántico y el comienzo de la depositación del Grupo Malargüe.The Neuquén Group conform a succession of non-marine deposits of fluvial, aeolian and shallow lacustrine origin, developed in the Neuquén Basin between the Lower Cenomanian and the Middle Campanian (Upper Cretaceous. This succession reaches 1,200 m of maximum thick, being bounded at the base and the top by the Patagonidican and Huantraiquican unconformities respectively. In this paper two new formations are proposed (Los Bastos and Sierra Barrosa Formations, nom. nov., and the subgroups were reconfigurated. Consequently, the Neuquén Group is composed lithostratigraphically by three subgroups and nine formations. The Río Limay Subgroup comprehend the Candeleros and Huincul Formations, representing low sinuosity channel deposits developed under tectonic and climatic subordinated control. The Río Neuquén Subgroup comprehend to the Cerro Lisandro, Portezuelo, Los Bastos, Sierra Barrosa and Plottier Formations, conforming a psamitic and pelitic interstratified succession of fluvial origin, mainly developed under climatic control. Finally, the Río Colorado Subgroup integrated by the Bajo de la Carpa and Anacleto Formations, comprehend fluvial deposits developed under a new dominant tectonic control. At the start of the deposition of the Neuquén Group, the Dorsal de Huincul worked as a structural high, generating toward the south of the Neuquén Basin one a small endorreic depocentre corresponding to the Picún Leufú Sub-basin, scheme that would have been keep up to ends of the deposit of the Candeleros Formation. During the rest of the deposit of this sequence, the drainage would have been kept without major modifications towards the pacific slope across a central collector flowing in sense N-NW. Towards the end of the deposit of the Neuquén Group takes place the inversion of the regional slope of the basin, making possible the ingression of the Atlantic Ocean and the beginning of the deposition of

  6. A New Genus and Species of Sapeornithidae from Lower Cretaceous in Western Liaoning, China

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    2008-01-01

    Sapeornithidae is a basal pygostylian family of Early Cretaceous primitive birds, in which only one genus and species, Sapeornis chaoyangensis, was reported before. This paper deals with a new genus and species of this family, Didactylornis jii gen. et sp. nov., which was unearthed from the Early Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation in western Liaoning. According to our phylogenetic analyses, both Didactylornis gen. nov. and Sapeornis form a sister group, which is basal to the clade formed by Confuciusornis and all the more derived birds, and more closely related to the short-tailed pygostylian birds than to the long-tailed avialian birds. The early history of pygostylian birds is poorly documented except for the studies of Confuciusornis and Sapeornis. The discovery of Didactylornis jii gen. et sp. nov. adds the new material for the study on the early evolution of birds.

  7. Dental Disparity and Ecological Stability in Bird-like Dinosaurs prior to the End-Cretaceous Mass Extinction.

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    Larson, Derek W; Brown, Caleb M; Evans, David C

    2016-05-23

    The causes, rate, and selectivity of the end-Cretaceous mass extinction continue to be highly debated [1-5]. Extinction patterns in small, feathered maniraptoran dinosaurs (including birds) are important for understanding extant biodiversity and present an enigma considering the survival of crown group birds (Neornithes) and the extinction of their close kin across the end-Cretaceous boundary [6]. Because of the patchy Cretaceous fossil record of small maniraptorans [7-12], this important transition has not been closely examined in this group. Here, we test the hypothesis that morphological disparity in bird-like dinosaurs was decreasing leading up to the end-Cretaceous mass extinction, as has been hypothesized in some dinosaurs [13, 14]. To test this, we examined tooth morphology, an ecological indicator in fossil reptiles [15-19], from over 3,100 maniraptoran teeth from four groups (Troodontidae, Dromaeosauridae, Richardoestesia, and cf. Aves) across the last 18 million years of the Cretaceous. We demonstrate that tooth disparity, a proxy for variation in feeding ecology, shows no significant decline leading up to the extinction event within any of the groups. Tooth morphospace occupation also remains static over this time interval except for increased size during the early Maastrichtian. Our data provide strong support that extinction within this group occurred suddenly after a prolonged period of ecological stability. To explain this sudden extinction of toothed maniraptorans and the survival of Neornithes, we propose that diet may have been an extinction filter and suggest that granivory associated with an edentulous beak was a key ecological trait in the survival of some lineages. PMID:27112293

  8. Late Cretaceous restructuring of terrestrial communities facilitated the end-Cretaceous mass extinction in North America

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    Mitchell, Jonathan S.; Roopnarine, Peter D.; Angielczyk, Kenneth D.

    2012-11-01

    The sudden environmental catastrophe in the wake of the end-Cretaceous asteroid impact had drastic effects that rippled through animal communities. To explore how these effects may have been exacerbated by prior ecological changes, we used a food-web model to simulate the effects of primary productivity disruptions, such as those predicted to result from an asteroid impact, on ten Campanian and seven Maastrichtian terrestrial localities in North America. Our analysis documents that a shift in trophic structure between Campanian and Maastrichtian communities in North America led Maastrichtian communities to experience more secondary extinction at lower levels of primary production shutdown and possess a lower collapse threshold than Campanian communities. Of particular note is the fact that changes in dinosaur richness had a negative impact on the robustness of Maastrichtian ecosystems against environmental perturbations. Therefore, earlier ecological restructuring may have exacerbated the impact and severity of the end-Cretaceous extinction, at least in North America.

  9. The Cretaceous Quiet Zone: How Quiet?

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    Gallet, Y.; Dyment, J.; Kitazawa, M.; Bouligand, C.; Hoise, E.; Kim, M.; Savary, J.; Royer, J.; Choi-Dyment, Y.; Gotab, B.

    2005-12-01

    Geomagnetic field intensity variations deduced from magnetostratigraphic data are mainly restricted to the past few million years. As a consequence, many important questions, such as the long-term evolution of the geomagnetic field intensity and the temporal distribution of excursions, remain unsolved yet. The possibility to recover these fluctuations over a long time interval from marine magnetic anomalies is therefore of particular interest. Within the period documented by these anomalies, the Cretaceous Normal Superchron (CNS) presents a major interest in geomagnetism as little is known on the characteristics of the geomagnetic field during this event, except that it apparently did not reverse for about 35 Myr. Cruise Magofond 3 of R/V Suroit (July-August 2005) was dedicated to the CNS, with a target area on the Cretaceous Quiet Zone off Western Africa, on the eastern flank of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Both sea-surface and deep tow magnetic anomaly profiles have been collected. Magnetic observatory data from M'Bour (Senegal) and Guimar (Canary Islands) have been regularly transmitted to the ship in order to check for any external magnetic field disturbance which may have affected the data. In addition, seismic reflection data were acquired to insure that the observed anomalies are not caused by the basement topography and, eventually, to estimate and correct such an effect. Altogether, these data brings new constraints on the variability of the geomagnetic field during the superchron. As a preliminary result, they show the occurrence of several consistent short-wavelength magnetic anomalies which may be linked either to short reversed polarity intervals or to excursions. In particular, the ISEA reversed polarity subchron at the beginning of the CNS seems to be present in most profiles. Other observed anomalies may also depict subchrons and would therefore challenge the concept of a non-reversing geodynamo during the exceptionally long CNS.

  10. Chemotaxonomical aspects of lower Cretaceous amber from Reconcavo Basin, Brazil

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    Pereira, Ricardo; Azevedo, Debora A., E-mail: ricardopereira@iq.ufrj.b, E-mail: debora@iq.ufrj.b [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IQ/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica; Carvalho, Ismar S. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias; Fernandes, Antonio Carlos S. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Museu Nacional. Dept. de Geologia e Paleontologia

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    The chemical composition of Lower Cretaceous amber samples from Reconcavo Basin (Salvador, Bahia) was performed by GC-MS to characterize possible botanical sources. The compounds identified were hydrocarbonic and polar diterpenoids, such as abietane, dehydroabietane, tetrahydroretene, dehydroabietol, dehydroabietic acid, ferruginol and sugiol. Other diterpenoid classes were not detected as well as triterpenoids. The composition of the extracts and chemosystematic data allows relating the samples to conifers of Podocarpaceae or Cheirolepidiaceae families due to detection of ferruginol, a specific biomarker to these families. The data concerning Cretaceous amber in the Reconcavo Basin provided information concerning the presence of a resinous flora in the Maracangalha Formation sediments during the Lower Cretaceous. (author)

  11. Cretaceous choristoderan reptiles gave birth to live young

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    Ji, Qiang; Wu, Xiao-Chun; Cheng, Yen-Nien

    2010-04-01

    Viviparity (giving birth to live young) in fossil reptiles has been known only in a few marine groups: ichthyosaurs, pachypleurosaurs, and mosasaurs. Here, we report a pregnant specimen of the Early Cretaceous Hyphalosaurus baitaigouensis, a species of Choristodera, a diapsid group known from unequivocal fossil remains from the Middle Jurassic to the early Miocene (about 165 to 20 million years ago). This specimen provides the first evidence of viviparity in choristoderan reptiles and is also the sole record of viviparity in fossil reptiles which lived in freshwater ecosystems. This exquisitely preserved specimen contains up to 18 embryos arranged in pairs. Size comparison with small free-living individuals and the straight posture of the posterior-most pair suggest that those embryos were at term and had probably reached parturition. The posterior-most embryo on the left side has the head positioned toward the rear, contrary to normal position, suggesting a complication that may have contributed to the mother’s death. Viviparity would certainly have freed species of Hyphalosaurus from the need to return to land to deposit eggs; taking this advantage, they would have avoided intense competition with contemporaneous terrestrial carnivores such as dinosaurs.

  12. Cretaceous Vertebrate Tracksites - Korean Cretaceous Dinosaur Coast World Heritage Nomination Site

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    Huh, M.; Woo, K. S.; Lim, J. D.; Paik, I. S.

    2009-04-01

    South Korea is one of the best known regions in the world for Cretaceous fossil footprints, which are also world-renowned. Korea has produced more scientifically named bird tracks (ichnotaxa) than any other region in the world. It has also produced the world's largest pterosaur tracks. Dinosaur tracksites also have the highest frequency of vertebrate track-bearing levels currently known in any stratigraphic sequence. Among the areas that have the best track records, and the greatest scientific significance with best documentation, Korea ranks very highly. Objective analysis of important individual tracksites and tracksite regions must be based on multiple criteria including: size of site, number of tracks, trackways and track bearing levels, number of valid named ichnotaxa including types, number of scientific publications, quality of preservation. The unique and distinctive dinosaur tracksites are known as one of the world's most important dinosaur track localities. In particular, the dinosaur track sites in southern coastal area of Korea are very unique. In the sites, we have excavated over 10,000 dinosaur tracks. The Hwasun sites show diverse gaits with unusual walking patterns and postures in some tracks. The pterosaur tracks are the most immense in the world. The longest pterosaur trackway yet known from any track sites suggests that pterosaurs were competent terrestrial locomotors. This ichnofauna contains the first pterosaur tracks reported from Asia. The Haenam Uhangri pterosaur assigns to a new genus Haenamichnus which accomodates the new ichnospecies, Haenamichnus uhangriensis. At least 12 track types have been reported from the Haman and Jindong Formations (probably late Lower Cretaceous). These include the types of bird tracks assigned to Koreanornis, Jindongornipes, Ignotornis and Goseongornipes. In addition the bird tracks Hwangsanipes, Uhangrichnus, the pterosaur track Haenamichnus and the dinosaur tracks, Brontopodus, Caririchnium, Minisauripus and

  13. Caracterización estratigráfica, sedimentológica y estructural del sistema de bajos neógenos de Gastre, provincias de Río Negro y de Chubut

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    Bilmes, Andrés

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    La cuenca de Gastre constituye, a más de 500 km al este de la trinchera, una de las depresiones topográficas cenozoicas más extensas del antepaís nordpatagónico. Localizada en el centro‐norte de la Provincia de Chubut y centro‐sur de la Provincia de Río Negro, se presenta como una depresión endorreica oblicua a la cadena andina limitada por contrastantes y heterogéneos bloques de basamento pre‐neógenos. Conforma un bajo topográfico de marcada orientación NW‐SE con dimensiones de cerca de13...

  14. Detrital Zircon Geochronology of Cretaceous and Paleogene Strata Across the South-Central Alaskan Convergent Margin

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    Bradley, Dwight; Haeussler, Peter; O'Sullivan, Paul; Friedman, Rich; Till, Alison; Bradley, Dan; Trop, Jeff

    2009-01-01

    Ages of detrital zircons are reported from ten samples of Lower Cretaceous to Paleogene metasandstones and sandstones from the Chugach Mountains, Talkeetna Mountains, and western Alaska Range of south-central Alaska. Zircon ages are also reported from three igneous clasts from two conglomerates. The results bear on the regional geology, stratigraphy, tectonics, and mineral resource potential of the southern Alaska convergent margin. Chugach Mountains - The first detrital zircon data are reported here from the two main components of the Chugach accretionary complex - the inboard McHugh Complex and the outboard Valdez Group. Detrital zircons from sandstone and two conglomerate clasts of diorite were dated from the McHugh Complex near Anchorage. This now stands as the youngest known part of the McHugh Complex, with an inferred Turonian (Late Cretaceous) depositional age no older than 91-93 Ma. The zircon population has probability density peaks at 93 and 104 Ma and a smattering of Early Cretaceous and Jurassic grains, with nothing older than 191 Ma. The two diorite clasts yielded Jurassic U-Pb zircon ages of 179 and 181 Ma. Together, these findings suggest a Mesozoic arc as primary zircon source, the closest and most likely candidate being the Wrangellia composite terrane. The detrital zircon sample from the Valdez Group contains zircons as young as 69 and 77 Ma, consistent with the previously assigned Maastrichtian to Campanian (Late Cretaceous) depositional age. The zircon population has peaks at 78, 91, 148, and 163 Ma, minor peaks at 129, 177, 330, and 352 Ma, and no concordant zircons older than Devonian. A granite clast from a Valdez Group conglomerate yielded a Triassic U-Pb zircon age of 221 Ma. Like the McHugh Complex, the Valdez Group appears to have been derived almost entirely from Mesozoic arc sources, but a few Precambrian zircons are also present. Talkeetna Mountains - Detrital zircons ages were obtained from southernmost metasedimentary rocks of the

  15. Neurocranial osteology and neuroanatomy of a late Cretaceous titanosaurian sauropod from Spain (Ampelosaurus sp..

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    Full Text Available Titanosaurians were a flourishing group of sauropod dinosaurs during Cretaceous times. Fossils of titanosaurians have been found on all continents and their remains are abundant in a number of Late Cretaceous sites. Nonetheless, the cranial anatomy of titanosaurians is still very poorly known. The Spanish latest Cretaceous locality of "Lo Hueco" yielded a relatively well preserved, titanosaurian braincase, which shares a number of phylogenetically restricted characters with Ampelosaurus atacis from France such as a flat occipital region. However, it appears to differ from A. atacis in some traits such as the greater degree of dorsoventral compression and the presence of proatlas facets. The specimen is, therefore, provisionally identified as Ampelosaurus sp. It was CT scanned, and 3D renderings of the cranial endocast and inner-ear system were generated. Our investigation highlights that, although titanosaurs were derived sauropods with a successful evolutionary history, they present a remarkably modest level of paleoneurological organization. Compared with the condition in the basal titanosauriform Giraffatitan brancai, the labyrinth of Ampelosaurus sp. shows a reduced morphology. The latter feature is possibly related to a restricted range of head-turning movements.

  16. Corals from the Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) Ocozocoautla Formation, Chiapas, Mexico

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    Filkorn, Harry F.; Javier Avendaño Gil; Marco A. Coutiño José; Francisco J. Vega Vera

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    The coral species from the Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) strata of the Ocozocoautla Formation in Chiapas, Mexico, are identified, described and illustrated for the first time. This coral fauna is composed of 12 species, nine of which are colonial, presumably zooxanthellate, reef-building forms. This is the first time that six of these species have been reported from Mexico. The majority (11) of these species are endemic to the Caribbean region and known only from the Late Cretaceous.

  17. Evidence for global cooling in the Late Cretaceous

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    Linnert, C.; Robinson, S.A.; J.A. Lees; Bown, P.R.; I. Pérez-Rodríguez; Petrizzo, M.R.; F. Falzoni; Littler, K; Arz, J.A.; Russell, E. E.

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    The Late Cretaceous ‘greenhouse’ world witnessed a transition from one of the warmest climates of the past 140 million years to cooler conditions, yet still without significant continental ice. Low-latitude sea surface temperature (SST) records are a vital piece of evidence required to unravel the cause of Late Cretaceous cooling, but high-quality data remain illusive. Here, using an organic geochemical palaeothermometer (TEX86), we present a record of SSTs for the Campanian–Maastrichtian int...

  18. Palaeoenvironmental and climatic changes in Australia during the early Cretaceous

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    Oosting, Antje Margriet

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    Biochronostratigraphy for the Tethyan and Boreal mid-Cretaceous (Barremian-Albian) is traditionally based on ammonites. Because of the lack of useful ammonites in the Australian mid-Cretaceous, and the existence of strong faunal and floral latitudinal contrasts, to date chronostratigraphic correlation between the different realms is not straightforward. In the present study dinoflagellate cyst events (first and last occurrences) combined with changes in organic-carbon-isotope (δ13Corg) strati...

  19. The Cretaceous of Lebanon in the Middle East (Levant) context

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    The Cretaceous succession of Lebanon was first described and dated mainly by Dubertret & Vautrin (1937), Dubertret (1955), and Saint-Marc (1974), supplemented by the later contributions of Smirnova & Mroueh (1980) for the Chouf Sandstones, Noujaim-Clark & Boudagher-Fadel (2001, 2002) for the Salima Formation. After two years of field work using facies sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy, and as part of the Middle East Basins Evolution (MEBE) Programme, we propose to divide the Cretaceous ...

  20. Letter. Late cretaceous seasonal ocean variability from the arctic

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    Davies, Andrew; Kemp, Alan E.S.; Pike, Jennifer

    2009-01-01

    The modern Arctic Ocean is regarded as barometer of global change and amplifier of global warming1 and therefore records of past Arctic change are of a premium for palaeoclimate reconstruction. Little is known of the state of the Arctic Ocean in the greenhouse period of the late Cretaceous, yet records from such times may yield important clues to its future behaviour given current global warming trends. Here we present the first seasonally resolved sedimentary record from the Cretaceous from...

  1. DIFFERENTIATION PROCESSES in LATE CRETACEOUS ULTRAPOTASSIC VOLCANICS AROUND AMASYA

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    GÜLMEZ, Fatma; GENÇ, Ş. Can

    2015-01-01

    Late Cretaceous lithologies around Amasya region are represented by Pontide fore-arc basin units which corresponds a volcanoclastic sequence. This sequence has the products of alkaline ultrapotassic magmatism accompanying calcalkaline lavas which are abundant along Pontide arc. The ultrapotassic rocks which are classified as leucitite, minette and trachyte based on their mineralogical composition, occur as dikes, stocks and rarely lava flows as to be comprised by the Late Cretaceous Volcanocl...

  2. Late Cretaceous Volcaniclastics in NW Turkey

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    Boehm, Katharina; Wolfgring, Erik; Omer Yilmaz, Ismail; Tüysüz, Okan; Wagreich, Michael

    2015-04-01

    On the southwestern coast of the Black Sea, in the western Pontides Upper Cretaceous tuff layers are present. The tuffs are intercalated with limestones, marls and turbidites and were investigated with focus on their geochemistry, to get new insights to the arrangement of terranes and ocean basins at this time. In the region two Upper Cretaceous volcanic units can be distinguished, separated by distinct red pelagic limestone successions, belonging to the Unaz Formation. The lower volcanic unit is named Dereköy Formation and is Turonian to Santonian in age. It is thought to be deposited within extension structures, contemporaneously with rifting in the western Black Sea basin. The upper volcanic unit is called Cambu Formation. According to biostratigraphic data it is deposited throughout Campanian, when spreading in the western Black Sea basin started. Interpreted as submarine deposits, element mobility has to be taken into account when interpreting geochemical ICP-MS data of the volcaniclastics. Multiple discrimination diagrams with suitable proxies elucidate the type of volcanism and contribute to reconstruction of the tectonic setting. The classified rock types range from basaltic to rhyodacitic in both volcanic formations. Basically degree of differentiation and alkalinity are the parameters looked at, when determining rock types of the volcanic eruption. Further volcanic series are specified as calc-alkaline to shoshonitic. Moreover, a volcanic arc setting seems to be the most likely case, following several discrimination diagrams, as well as normalized multi-element plots. This tectonic setting can be discussed in connection with paleo-tectonic reconstructions. Most cited in literature nowadays are models favoring a northward subduction of the northern branch of Neotethys, creating an extensional setting north of the Pontides. This kind of back arc extension is interpreted as the reason of a southward drift of the Istanbul continental fragment from Eurasia

  3. 40Ar/39Ar dating of the Late Cretaceous

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    . Finally, using advances with terrestrial carbon isotope and planktonic foraminifera records within central Hokkaido, Northwest Pacific, sections from the Cretaceous Yezo group were correlated to that of European and North American counterparts. Datable ash layers throughout the Kotanbetsu and Shumarinai section were analysed using both 40Ar/39Ar and U-Pb methods. We successfully dated two ash tuff layers falling either side of the Turonian - Coniacian boundary, yielding an age range for the boundary between 89.31 ± 0.11 Ma and 89.57 ± 0.11 Ma or a boundary age of 89.44 ± 0.24 Ma. Combining these U-Pb ages with recent published ages we are able to reduce the age limit once more and propose an age for the Turonian - Coniacian boundary as 89.62 ± 0.04 Ma. (author)

  4. Fleas (Siphonaptera) are Cretaceous, and evolved with Theria.

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    Zhu, Qiyun; Hastriter, Michael W; Whiting, Michael F; Dittmar, Katharina

    2015-09-01

    Fleas (order Siphonaptera) are highly-specialized, diverse blood-feeding ectoparasites of mammals and birds with an enigmatic evolutionary history and obscure origin. We here present a molecular phylogenetic study based on a comprehensive taxon sampling of 259 flea taxa, representing 16 of the 18 extant families of this order. A Bayesian phylogenetic tree with strong nodal support was recovered, consisting of seven sequentially derived lineages with Macropsyllidae as the earliest divergence, followed by Stephanocircidae. Divergence times of flea lineages were estimated based on fossil records and host specific associations to bats (Chiroptera), suggesting that the common ancestor of extant Siphonaptera diversified during the Cretaceous. However, most of the intraordinal divergence into extant lineages took place after the K-Pg boundary. Ancestral states of host association and biogeographical distribution were reconstructed, suggesting with high likelihood that fleas originated in the southern continents (Gondwana) and migrated from South America to their extant distributions in a relatively short time frame. Theria (placental mammals and marsupials) represent the most likely ancestral host group of extant Siphonaptera, with marsupials occupying a more important role than previously assumed. Major extant flea families evolved in connection to post K-Pg diversification of Placentalia. The association of fleas with monotremes and birds is likely due to later secondary host association. These results suggest caution in casually interpreting recently discovered Mesozoic fossil "dinosaur fleas" of Northeast Asia as part of what we currently consider Siphonaptera. PMID:25987528

  5. Glaciares de escombros fósiles en el cordón Leleque, Noroeste del Chubut: significado paleoclimático y paleográfico

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    Lucas Ruiz

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Este trabajo analiza la relación actual y pasada del ambiente periglacial y glaciario en los Andes de la Patagonia norte (41°- 43° L.S.. Es la primera vez que un estudio de estas características es llevado a cabo en esta región. A partir del análisis y caracterización de geoformas relacionadas con el permafrost de montaña y el ambiente glaciario, el análisis de las condiciones climáticas y el uso de análogos actuales, se presenta una reconstrucción paleogeográfica y paleoclimática del Cordón Leleque. El Cordón del Plata, en los Andes Centrales, con glaciares convencionales y glaciares de escombros, se utiliza como análogo actual de las condiciones pasadas en el Cordón Leleque. A partir de la ubicación espacial de las diferentes geoformas reconocidas en el Cordón Leleque se reconocieron cuatro grupos. Utilizando la relación entre la altura de la línea de equilibrio regional y la altura del límite de permafrost de montaña, se derivaron las variaciones climáticas necesarias que pudieron generar los diferentes grupos. Estos resultados son comparados con trabajos previos.Fossil rock glaciers in the Cordón Leleque, Northwestern Chubut: Palaeoclimatic and palaeogeographic significance. The aim of this work was to document the current and past relationships between periglacial and glacial environments in the Andes from northern Patagonia (41° - 43° S. From the analysis and characterization of landforms related to permafrost and mountain glacial environments in combination with the analysis of climatic conditions and the use of present analogs, we provide a paleogeographic and paleoclimatic reconstruction of the Cordon Leleque from the Last Glaciation until present. The Cordón del Plata, a mountain range in the Central Andes presently covered by glaciers and rock glaciers was used as the modern analogue for the environmental conditions in the Cordón Leleque. Paleoclimatic conditions for the Cordón Leleque were derived from

  6. Proxy data constraints on Cretaceous sea surface temperature evolution

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    O'Brien, Charlotte L.; Robinson, Stuart A.; O'Connor, Lauren K.; Pancost, Richard D.

    2015-04-01

    It is well established that greenhouse conditions prevailed during the Cretaceous. However, constraining the exact nature of the greenhouse gas forcing, climatic warming and climate sensitivity remains an ongoing topic of research. Proxy temperature data provide valuable observational constraints on Cretaceous climate. In particular, much of our understanding of Cretaceous climate warmth comes from marine temperature proxy data reconstructions derived using planktic foraminiferal oxygen isotope (δ18O) palaeothermometry and, more recently, the TEX86 proxy, based on the distribution of marine isoprenoidal glycerol dialkyl glycerol tetraether lipids (GDGTs). Both of these proxies provide estimates of sea surface temperature (SST), however each technique is subject to a number of proxy-specific caveats. For example, δ18O values in planktic foraminifer may be compromised by preservation and/or diagenetic alteration, while the TEX86 proxy has undergone several temperature calibration re-evaluations and the exact mechanism that relates GDGT production to SST is not fully understood. Here we synthesise and reinterpret available TEX86- and δ18O-SST proxy data for the entire Cretaceous. For the TEX86 data, where possible we re-evaluate the fractional abundance of all individual GDGTs. By utilising fractional GDGT abundances we are also able to compute methane indices and branched and isoprenoid tetraether (BIT) indices, as well as apply both the TEX86H and TEX86L temperature calibrations. For each of the two SST proxy techniques, TEX86 and δ18O, we apply consistent temperature calibrations and place all data on a common timescale. Our new data-based SST synthesis allows us to examine long term temperature trends in the Cretaceous, including latitudinal temperature gradient variations, and evaluate global versus regional temperature patterns. Through considering both TEX86 and planktic foraminiferal δ18O data we critically compare the application of these two techniques

  7. Paleomagnetism of Permo-Triassic and Cretaceous rocks from the Antofagasta region, northern Chile

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    Narea, K.; Peña, M.; Bascuñán, S.; Becerra, J.; Gómez, I.; Deckart, K.; Munizaga, F.; Maksaev, V.; Arriagada, C.; Roperch, P.

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    New paleomagnetic data from Permo-Triassic and Late Cretaceous rocks yield a consistent trend of vertical-axis-tectonic-rotations which are consistent with the Central Andean Rotation Pattern (CARP). However, three sites in the Tuina Formation and one site in the Purilactis Group record large rotations (80°). These mayor rotations are probably due to dextral-transpressive deformation occurring in close relation with the Incaic tectonic phase. Consequently, it is possible to infer that previous tectonic phases Peruvian and K-T would not have produced significant tectonic rotations in the area.

  8. Petrographic and geochemical character of Cretaceous coals from the Alberta Basin

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    Gentzis, T.; Goodarzi, F.; Mahood, B. [CDX Canada Inc., Calgary, AB (Canada)

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    This case study compares the petrographic and geochemical characteristics of whole coals with their associated vitrinites. The samples were obtained by hand picking. The coals examined are from three suites of Mannville Group coals from the Lower Cretaceous. Previous studies on these coals showed that some of them are highly enriched with hydrogen and that their vitrinite reflectance may be suppressed by up to 0.4%. The samples were analyzed by flash pyrolysis chromatography and petrographic analysis. The results suggest that the bitumen detected in the more mature coals was formed in situ. Coal rank and maceral composition are important parameters in the determination of coalbed methane potential. 24 figs., 5 tabs.

  9. Structural extremes in a cretaceous dinosaur.

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    Paul C Sereno

    Full Text Available Fossils of the Early Cretaceous dinosaur, Nigersaurus taqueti, document for the first time the cranial anatomy of a rebbachisaurid sauropod. Its extreme adaptations for herbivory at ground-level challenge current hypotheses regarding feeding function and feeding strategy among diplodocoids, the larger clade of sauropods that includes Nigersaurus. We used high resolution computed tomography, stereolithography, and standard molding and casting techniques to reassemble the extremely fragile skull. Computed tomography also allowed us to render the first endocast for a sauropod preserving portions of the olfactory bulbs, cerebrum and inner ear, the latter permitting us to establish habitual head posture. To elucidate evidence of tooth wear and tooth replacement rate, we used photographic-casting techniques and crown thin sections, respectively. To reconstruct its 9-meter postcranial skeleton, we combined and size-adjusted multiple partial skeletons. Finally, we used maximum parsimony algorithms on character data to obtain the best estimate of phylogenetic relationships among diplodocoid sauropods. Nigersaurus taqueti shows extreme adaptations for a dinosaurian herbivore including a skull of extremely light construction, tooth batteries located at the distal end of the jaws, tooth replacement as fast as one per month, an expanded muzzle that faces directly toward the ground, and hollow presacral vertebral centra with more air sac space than bone by volume. A cranial endocast provides the first reasonably complete view of a sauropod brain including its small olfactory bulbs and cerebrum. Skeletal and dental evidence suggests that Nigersaurus was a ground-level herbivore that gathered and sliced relatively soft vegetation, the culmination of a low-browsing feeding strategy first established among diplodocoids during the Jurassic.

  10. High diversity in cretaceous ichthyosaurs from Europe prior to their extinction.

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    Valentin Fischer

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Ichthyosaurs are reptiles that inhabited the marine realm during most of the Mesozoic. Their Cretaceous representatives have traditionally been considered as the last survivors of a group declining since the Jurassic. Recently, however, an unexpected diversity has been described in Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous deposits, but is widely spread across time and space, giving small clues on the adaptive potential and ecosystem control of the last ichthyosaurs. The famous but little studied English Gault Formation and 'greensands' deposits (the Upper Greensand Formation and the Cambridge Greensand Member of the Lower Chalk Formation offer an unprecedented opportunity to investigate this topic, containing thousands of ichthyosaur remains spanning the Early-Late Cretaceous boundary. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: To assess the diversity of the ichthyosaur assemblage from these sedimentary bodies, we recognized morphotypes within each type of bones. We grouped these morphotypes together, when possible, by using articulated specimens from the same formations and from new localities in the Vocontian Basin (France; a revised taxonomic scheme is proposed. We recognize the following taxa in the 'greensands': the platypterygiines 'Platypterygius' sp. and Sisteronia seeleyi gen. et sp. nov., indeterminate ophthalmosaurines and the rare incertae sedis Cetarthrosaurus walkeri. The taxonomic diversity of late Albian ichthyosaurs now matches that of older, well-known intervals such as the Toarcian or the Tithonian. Contrasting tooth shapes and wear patterns suggest that these ichthyosaurs colonized three distinct feeding guilds, despite the presence of numerous plesiosaur taxa. CONCLUSION/SIGNIFICANCE: Western Europe was a diversity hot-spot for ichthyosaurs a few million years prior to their final extinction. By contrast, the low diversity in Australia and U.S.A. suggests strong geographical disparities in the diversity pattern of Albian

  11. Radioactivity and uranium content of some Cretaceous shales, central Great Plains

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    Tourtelot, Harry A.

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    The Sharon Springs member of the Pierre shale of Cretaceous age, a hard black organic-rich shale similar to the Chattanooga shale, is radioactive throughout central and western South Dakota, most of Nebraska, northern Kansas, and northeastern Colorado. In the Missouri River valley, thin beds of the shale contain as much as 0.01 percent uranium. Beds as much as 20 feet thick or more have a radioactivity of about 0.01 percent equivalent uranium in southwestern Nebraska according to interpretation of gamma-ray well logs. The radioactivity and uranium content is highest in the Missouri River valley in South Dakota and in southwestern Nebraska where the shale rests disconformably on the underlying Niobrara formation of Cretaceous age. Near the Black Hills, and in the area to the north, the shale of the Sharon Springs member rests on a wedge of the Gammon ferruginous member of the Pierre, which is represented by a disonformity to the east and south, and the radioactivity of the shale is low although greater than that of over-lying strata. The shale also contains a suite of trace elements in which arsenic, boron, chromium, copper, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, and vanadium are conspicuous. Molybdenum and tin are less abundant in the Sharon Springs than in similar shales of Palezoic age and silver and selenium are more abundant. In the Great Plains region, the upper 30-50 feet of Cretaceous shales overlain unconformably by the White River group of Oligocene age has been altered to bright-colored material. This altered zone is chiefly the result of pre-Oligocene weathering although post-Oligocene ground water conditions also have affected the zone. The greatest radioactivity occurs in masses of unaltered shale measuring about 1 x 4 feet in cross section included in the lower part of the altered zone. Where the zone is developed on shale and marl of the Niobrara formation, parts of the included unaltered shale contains as much as 0.1 percent equivalent uranium and 0

  12. Molecular fossils in Cretaceous condensate from western India

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    Bhattacharya, Sharmila; Dutta, Suryendu; Dutta, Ratul

    2014-06-01

    The present study reports the biomarker distribution of condensate belonging to the early Cretaceous time frame using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The early Cretaceous palaeoenvironment was inscribed into these molecular fossils which reflected the source and conditions of deposition of the condensate. The saturate fraction of the condensate is characterized by normal alkanes ranging from n-C9 to n-C29 (CPI-1.13), cycloalkanes and C14 and C15 sesquiterpanes. The aromatic fraction comprises of naphthalene, phenanthrene, their methylated derivatives and cyclohexylbenzenes. Isohexylalkylnaphthalenes, a product of rearrangement process of terpenoids, is detected in the condensate. Several aromatic sesquiterpenoids and diterpenoids have been recorded. Dihydro- ar-curcumene, cadalene and ionene form the assemblage of sesquiterpenoids which are indicative of higher plant input. Aromatic diterpenoid fraction comprises of simonellite and retene. These compounds are also indicative of higher plants, particularly conifer source which had been a predominant flora during the Cretaceous time.

  13. More stable yet bimodal geodynamo during the Cretaceous superchron?

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    Lhuillier, Florian; Gilder, Stuart A.; Wack, Michael; He, Kuang; Petersen, Nikolai; Singer, Brad S.; Jicha, Brian R.; Schaen, Allen J.; Colon, Dylan

    2016-06-01

    We report palaeomagnetic and 40Ar/39Ar dating results from two sequences of basaltic lava flows deposited at the same locality in western China, yet separated in time by ~50 Myr: one set lies within the Cretaceous normal superchron at 112-115 Ma and a second at 59-70 Ma spanning the Cretaceous-Palaeogene boundary. We find that magnetic field directions during the superchron exhibit bimodal populations: one with inclinations representative of a dipolar field and another with shallow inclinations that could reflect a more complex, multipolar field. However, the time-dependent variability in field directions was 50% lower during the superchron than after, which implies greater field stability during the superchron. Our results suggest that episodes of less dipolar field behavior occurred within the Cretaceous superchron and raise the question whether a second, more multipolar, field state is more persistent than previously thought.

  14. Molecular fossils in Cretaceous condensate from western India

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    Sharmila Bhattacharya; Suryendu Dutta; Ratul Dutta

    2014-07-01

    The present study reports the biomarker distribution of condensate belonging to the early Cretaceous time frame using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC–MS). The early Cretaceous palaeoenvironment was inscribed into these molecular fossils which reflected the source and conditions of deposition of the condensate. The saturate fraction of the condensate is characterized by normal alkanes ranging from -C9 to -C29} (CPI-1.13), cycloalkanes and C14 and C15 sesquiterpanes. The aromatic fraction comprises of naphthalene, phenanthrene, their methylated derivatives and cyclohexylbenzenes. Isohexylalkylnaphthalenes, a product of rearrangement process of terpenoids, is detected in the condensate. Several aromatic sesquiterpenoids and diterpenoids have been recorded. Dihydro-ar-curcumene, cadalene and ionene form the assemblage of sesquiterpenoids which are indicative of higher plant input. Aromatic diterpenoid fraction comprises of simonellite and retene. These compounds are also indicative of higher plants, particularly conifer source which had been a predominant flora during the Cretaceous time.

  15. La materia orgánica particulada: comparación de métodos para su determinación y su valor como indicador de calidad de suelos del Chubut Particulate organic-matter: a comparison of methods for its determination and its role as an indicator of soil quality for some soils in the province of Chubut

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    Lina Sonia Videla

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available La materia orgánica particulada (MOP es un componente dinámico del suelo, que responde selectiva y rápidamente a los cambios de manejo y distintos tipos de disturbios. El objetivo de este estudio fue comparar dos técnicas de determinación de MOP en distintos suelos y evaluar el potencial de esta variable como indicadora de calidad de los mismos. Se estudiaron tres sitios ecológicos de la provincia del Chubut con distinto manejo o afectados por distintos disturbios: Media Luna Clausura (ML C, Media Luna Pastoreo (ML P, Puerto Madryn bioperturbado (PM B, Puerto Madryn no bioperturbado (PM NB, Punta Ninfas no erosionado (PN NE y Punta Ninfas erosionado (PN E. En muestras de suelos extraídas de 0 a 5 cm (PM y PN y de 0 a 10 cm (ML de profundidad se determinó la materia orgánica total (MOT y la MOP por vía húmeda (MOPh (Método Walkley y Black y por ignición en mufla (MOPi a 430 °C. En los Molisoles de ML y en los Aridisoles de PM la MOPi fue mayor que la MOPh, mientras que para los Aridisoles de PN no se registraron diferencias significativas entre los dos métodos. Para los suelos con carbonatos (PM o con alofanos (ML, el método por ignición sobreestimó los contenidos de MOP. La MOT presentó una alta correlación con la MOPh y con la MOPi para todos los suelos en conjunto (r² = 0,89 y r² = 0,73, respectivamente. El suelo que presentó una mayor relación MOP/MOT fue PN NE. En contraste, el suelo PN E, mostró los valores más bajos para esta relación, lo que indicaría, por un lado, que la poca MO que contienen estos suelos está predominantemente asociada a la fracciónParticulate organic-matter (MOP is a dynamic soil component that quickly and selectively responds to management changes and to different disturbance regimes. We compared two techniques to determine the MOP content in different soils and assessed the potential of this variable as an indicator of soil quality. We studied the soils of three ecological sites located

  16. Estratigrafía, análisis de facies y paleoambientes de la formación cañadón asfalto en el depocentro jurásico cerro Cóndor, provincia del Chubut Stratigraphy, facies analysis and paleoenvironments of the Cañadón Asfalto Formation, Jurassic Cerro Cóndor depocenter, Chubut province

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    Nora Cabaleri

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available El depocentro Cerro Cóndor representa la secuencia estratigráfica del Jurásico continental más completa de la cuenca de Cañadón Asfalto y de Sudamérica austral. Se sitúa en la Patagonia extraandina, en ambas márgenes del río Chubut medio. La sedimentación en esta cuenca pull apart, acompañada por efusiones de basalto olivínico, comenzó en el Jurásico Medio temprano. Predominan en la Formación Cañadón Asfalto los depósitos lacustres caracterizados por asociaciones de facies carbonáticas y siliciclásticas intercaladas con rocas lávicas en la base y depósitos piroclásticos hacia el techo de la unidad. Se describe el desarrollo de facies a lo largo de un corte norte-sur que abarca las secciones de estancia El Torito y de los cañadones Los Loros, Las Chacritas, Carrizal, Asfalto y Lahuincó. Las facies/microfacies carbonáticas están representadas por mudstones, wackestones,packstones, grainstones y calizas microbialíticas características de ambientes litorales, marginales y palustres. En la Formación Cañadón Asfalto se distinguen un miembro inferior (Las Chacritas, constituido por calizas, lutitas, areniscas y conglomerados, intercalados con basaltos olivínicos y por otro superior (Puesto Almada compuesto por tobas, tufitas, lutitas y areniscas. El primero es portador de una asociación palinológica de edad bajociano-bathoniana y el segundo de dinosaurios de edad tithoniana. Se describen detalladamente e ilustran las secciones estratigráficas de ambos miembros de la formación en sus localidades tipo, cañadón Las Chacritas y estancia el Torito y se reconstruyen los paleoambientes del depocentro desde el Aaleniano al Tithoniano. La edad del miembro Puesto Almada en su localidad tipo se obtuvo mediante una datación radimétrica (K/Ar de biotitas provenientes de una delgada capa de toba volcánica (147,1 ± 3,3 Ma, Tithoniano proveniente de la parte superior de la unidad.The Cerro Cóndor depocenter represents the

  17. La extensa zona de deslizamientos de la escarpa oriental de la Pampa de Salamanca, Chubut, entre los 45°00´S y 45°45´S The extensive zone of slides on the eastern erosion scarp of Pampa de Salamanca, Chubut

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    Full Text Available Durante la ejecución del mapa geomorfológico de la provincia del Chubut, se identificó entre las latitudes de los 45°00´S y 45°45´S y a lo largo de unos 70-75 km, una extensa faja de deslizamientos adyacente y prácticamente paralela a la escarpa oriental de la Pampa de Salamanca. Los deslizamientos, con marcado predominio de deslizamientos rotacionales, perturban el tramo superior de la secuencia sedimentaria terciaria. En los niveles arcillosos de la Formación Chenque (= Formación Patagonia, se localizarían las superficies de despegue o corte (shear para su ocurrencia. Diferencias entre sus rasgos morfológicos, tipológicos y el promotor sugerido permiten proponer cuatro zonas (I, II, III y IV de deslizamientos. La tipología aquí propuesta es provisoria, siendo sólo una base de futuras elaboraciones. Cronológicamente se diferenciaron dos conjuntos de deslizamientos: unos antiguos, más extensos y de mayor volumen, con marcadas evidencias de erosión y aquellos modernos, más reducidos, que con excelente conservación de su morfología primaria, son producto de posteriores removilizaciones acontecidas en sectores de los antiguos, que se expresan esencialmente bajo la forma de flujos (corrientes de tierra o earthflows y más ocasionalmente como deslizamientos rotacionales secundarios (slumps. Entre los de mayor edad, los de la zona I, son definidos como afines en general a un deslizamiento rotacional con una fase distal de flujo; ocasionalmente habrían superado los límites del actual acantilado marino. A pesar de esta primera apreciación, no se descarta su consideración como ejemplos de expansiones laterales (lateral spreads. Los de la zona II, son definidos como deslizamientos rotacionales múltiples retrogradantes. Aquellos de la zona III integran un conjunto de deslizamientos con un marcado control estructural (N50°E, en sus desprendimientos. La zona IV, compone una estrecha y continua faja adyacente a la Pampa de

  18. Some American Cretaceous fish scales, with notes on the classification and distribution of Cretaceous fishes

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    Cockerell, T.D.A.

    1919-01-01

    Fish remains are extremely abundant in several Cretaceous formations of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains, but except in the Niobrara formation of Kansas, a fish skeleton well enough preserved for description or identification is the greatest rarity. The fishes are represented by separate scales, in some places associated with a few vertebrae and other fragmentary bones or by isolated teeth. In the original descriptions of both the Mowry and the Aspen shales of Wyoming the presence of fish scales is mentioned as a characteristic feature. Fossils of other classes are usually very rare in beds containing many fish scales. Many of the scales are beautifully preserved and show varied forms and more or less complex structure.

  19. Marine reptiles from the Late Cretaceous of northern Patagonia

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    Gasparini, Z.; Casadio, S.; Fernández, M.; Salgado, L.

    2001-04-01

    During the Campanian-Maastrichtian, Patagonia was flooded by the Atlantic and reduced to an archipelago. Several localities of northern Patagonia have yielded marine reptiles. Analysis of several assemblages suggests that the diversity and abundance of pelagic marine reptiles in northern Patagonia was higher by the end of the Cretaceous than previously thought. Several plesiosaurids, including Aristonectes parvidens and the polycotylid Sulcusuchus, and the first remains of mosasaurinae have been found. The Cretaceous marine reptile record from South America is scanty. Nevertheless, materials described here suggest that Tethyan and Weddelian forms converged in northern Patagonia, as seen with invertebrates.

  20. Double fossilization in eukaryotic microorganisms from Lower Cretaceous amber

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    Alonso Jesús

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Microfossils are not only useful for elucidating biological macro- and microevolution but also the biogeochemical history of our planet. Pyritization is the most important and extensive mode of preservation of animals and especially of plants. Entrapping in amber, a fossilized resin, is considered an alternative mode of biological preservation. For the first time, the internal organization of 114-million-year-old microfossils entrapped in Lower Cretaceous amber is described and analyzed, using adapted scanning electron microscopy in backscattered electron mode in association with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy microanalysis. Double fossilization of several protists included in diverse taxonomical groups and some vegetal debris is described and analyzed. Results In protists without an exoskeleton or shell (ciliates, naked amoebae, flagellates, determinate structures, including the nuclei, surface envelopes (cortex or cytoplasmic membrane and hyaloplasm are the main sites of pyritization. In protists with a biomineralized skeleton (diatoms, silicon was replaced by pyrite. Permineralization was the main mode of pyritization. Framboidal, subhedral and microcrystalline are the predominant pyrite textures detected in the cells. Abundant pyritized vegetal debris have also been found inside the amber nuggets and the surrounding sediments. This vegetal debris usually contained numerous pyrite framboids and very densely packed polycrystalline pyrite formations infilled with different elements of the secondary xylem. Conclusion Embedding in amber and pyritization are not always alternative modes of biological preservation during geological times, but double fossilization is possible under certain environmental conditions. Pyritization in protists shows a quite different pattern with regard to plants, due to the different composition and cellular architecture in these microorganisms and organisms. Anaerobic sulphate

  1. Marine carbon cycling following end Cretaceous extinction

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    Ridgwell, Andy; Thomas, Ellen; Alegret, Laia; Schmidt, Daniela

    2010-05-01

    Knowing how the transport of particulate organic carbon and associated nutrients into the ocean interior is controlled, is a prerequisite to reliable predictions of future changes in marine carbon cycling as the circulation and carbonate chemistry of the oceans are perturbed. Multiple mechanisms for particulate organic carbon transport have been proposed, most commonly based on sediment trap observations. Yet these observations primarily provide evidence for correlations between fluxes rather than being able to pin-point any particular mechanism. Despite this, global models tend to adopt one or other mechanism (e.g., ballasting) without independent justification. The geological record may help, as the evolution of pelagic ecosystems through the Phanerozoic has seen the emergence of animals (faecal pellets) and silicification and calcification of planktic organisms (ballasting), with evolutionary innovation fundamentally altering the nature of the oceanic biological pump. Moreover, catastrophic and transitory events, in which pelagic ecosystems were temporary disrupted, altering and biological pumping mechanisms, produced a tell-tale marine geochemical signature than may help elucidate the working of the biological pump. Here we focus on the bolide impact at the Cretaceous-Palaeogene boundary as it induced an enigmatic ‘collapse' in surface-to-deep carbon isotope (d13C) gradients, previously interpreted as representing a complete cessation of biological productivity and/or carbon pumping. Contemporaneous with this was a pronounced extinction of planktic calcifiers, resulting in an order of magnitude reduction in carbonate burial in deep-sea sediments. On face value, no (or little) carbonate ballasting and only a minor possible importance for dust together with ceased organic carbon transport to depth, is consistent with the existence of a dominant (carbonate) mineral ballasting mechanism prior to the event. However, a collapsed surface-to-deep d13C gradient does

  2. Formation of the soft-sediment deformation structures and its constraints on dinosaur fossil burial of the Cretaceous in Zhucheng, Shandong province, East China

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    He, Bizhu; Qiao, Xiufu; Cai, Zhihui; Tian, Hongshui; Chen, Shuqing

    2013-04-01

    The triangular-shaped Zhucheng depression is located in the southwestern part of the Jiaolai basin, Jiaodong peninsula, East China. Various soft-sediment deformation structures are recognized in the southern Zhucheng depression, which have behaviour are plastic and/or brittle. Soft-sediment deformation structures mainly include undulate fold, mound and sag, diapir, convolute deformation and seismic-unconformity in the Lower Cretaceous, which are composed of fine-grained sediments in lacustrine environment, while load structure, ball and pillow structure, plunged sediment mixtures structure, fault-graded occurred in the Upper Cretaceous, which formed in a conglomeratic or coarse arenaceous alluvial fan and flood-plain setting. These soft-sediment deformation structures are proposed triggered by paleoearthquake. The deformed layers and undeformed layers developed in intervals, suggesting frequent seismic activities. In studied area, numerous giant hadrosaurid skeleton fossils have been found in the Upper Cretaceous Wangshi Group science 1958, and unusual and abundant dinosaur track fossils have been discovered in the Lower Cretaceous Yangzhuang Formation of Laiyang Group. The widespread identified soft-sediment deformation structures are proximately underlying or overlying these dinosaur fossil bearing strata. The depositional setting changed while multiple paleo-seismic events and tectonic activity happened. In the Early Cretaceous, after the occurrence of paleo-earthquakes and environmental changes, dinosaurs migrated and a lot of tracks with similar orientation on lacustrine offshore were preserved. In the Late Cretaceous, a large-scale dinosaur fossil layers and paleo-earthquake records occurred in intervals, indicating that the dinosaur fossils may be associated with large-scale debris flow and frequent earthquake events. Based on regional tectonic setting, distribution of soft-sediment deformation structures and predicted magnitude of paleo-earthquakes, the

  3. Sea level regulated tetrapod diversity dynamics through the Jurassic/Cretaceous interval.

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    Tennant, Jonathan P; Mannion, Philip D; Upchurch, Paul

    2016-01-01

    Reconstructing deep time trends in biodiversity remains a central goal for palaeobiologists, but our understanding of the magnitude and tempo of extinctions and radiations is confounded by uneven sampling of the fossil record. In particular, the Jurassic/Cretaceous (J/K) boundary, 145 million years ago, remains poorly understood, despite an apparent minor extinction and the radiation of numerous important clades. Here we apply a rigorous subsampling approach to a comprehensive tetrapod fossil occurrence data set to assess the group's macroevolutionary dynamics through the J/K transition. Although much of the signal is exclusively European, almost every higher tetrapod group was affected by a substantial decline across the boundary, culminating in the extinction of several important clades and the ecological release and radiation of numerous modern tetrapod groups. Variation in eustatic sea level was the primary driver of these patterns, controlling biodiversity through availability of shallow marine environments and via allopatric speciation on land. PMID:27587285

  4. Reproductive structures of Cretaceous Matoniaceae - new genus Konijnenburgia

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    Dašková, Jiřina; Kvaček, J.

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 2008, č. 2 (2008), s. 57-57. ISSN 0946-8978. [International Palynological Congress /12./ ; International Organisation of Palaeobotany Conference /8./. 30.08.2008-05.09.2008, Bonn] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : palynology * Cretaceous * fern Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  5. Cretaceous Oceanic Redbeds:Implications for Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography

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    WANG Chengshan; HUANG Yongjian; HU Xiumian; LI Xianghui

    2004-01-01

    The Cretaceous is among the most unusual eras in the geological past. Geoscience communities have been having great concerns with geological phenomena within this period, for example carbonate platforms and black shales in the Early and Middle Cretaceous respectively, during the last decades. But few people have paid any attention to the set of pelagic redbeds lying on the black shales, not to mention the applications to paleoclimatology and paleoceanography. It is shown by the sedimentary records of redbeds, that they were deposited around the CCD, with both a higher content of iron and much lower concentrations of organic carbon, which implies conditions with a relatively high content of oxygen. Such redbeds occurred in the global oceans, mainly in the Tethyan realm, with different durations of deposition and a climax from the late Santonian to early Campanian. Global cooling and dramatic changes in ocean currents might help to increase the oxygen flux between the atmosphere and ocean, after the large scale organic carbon burial during the Middle Cretaceous, and therefore lead to the oxygenation of deep ocean and so the occurrence of late Cretaceous oceanic redbeds.

  6. Patterns of larval development in Cretaceous pipid frogs

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    Roček, Zbyněk; van Dijk, E.

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 51, č. 1 (2006), s. 111-126. ISSN 0567-7920 R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA3013206 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Anura * Pipidae * Cretaceous Subject RIV: EG - Zoology Impact factor: 1.076, year: 2006 http://app.pan.pl/archive/published/app51/app51-111.pdf

  7. Soil development on loess overlying Cretaceous sediments and Devonian limestones

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    Žigová, Anna; Šťastný, Martin

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    Roč. 12, č. 3 (2015), s. 267-278. ISSN 1214-9705 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : loess * Cretaceous and Devonian rocks * mineral composition * soil development * Luvic Chernozem * Albic Luvisol Subject RIV: DF - Soil Science Impact factor: 0.389, year: 2014

  8. Aptychi and their significance for taxonomy of Lower Cretaceous ammonites

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    Vašíček, Zdeněk

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 18, č. 179 (2010), s. 183-188. ISSN 1802-6842 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30860518 Keywords : anaptychi * aptychi * Neoammonoidea * taxonomy * Lower Cretaceous Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy http://www.nm.cz/publikace/archiv.php?id=1&kcislu=179/2010

  9. Oldest termite nest from the Upper Cretaceous of west Texas

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    Rohr, David M.; Boucot, A. J.; Miller, John; Abbott, Maxine

    1986-01-01

    Wood borings and insect frass from the Upper Cretaceous of Texas are interpreted to be the oldest known termite nest, the oldest known termite fecal pellets, and one of the few examples of trace-fossil evidence of social behavior in insects. It illustrates a form of behavioral fixity insofar as coprolite form, feeding habits, and substrate are concerned. *Deceased

  10. Contribution to the systematics of Lower Cretaceous ribbed aptychi

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    Měchová, L.; Houša, Václav; Vašíček, Zdeněk

    Varšava : Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Paleobiology, 2008 - (Pisera, A.; Bitner, M.; Halamski, A.). s. 57-59 ISBN 978-83-61236-01-6. [Paleontological Conference /9./. 10.10.2008-11.10.2008, Varšava] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30860518 Keywords : Lower Cretaceous * aptychi * new taxonomy Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  11. Palaeobotanical evidence for a warm Cretaceous Arctic Ocean

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    Herman, Alexei B.; Spicer, Robert A.

    1996-03-01

    THE Cretaceous period was a time of global warmth1-4. Mid-Cretaceous equatorial temperatures were similar to today's5, but the equator-to-pole temperature gradient is the subject of some controversy5-7. Although it is unlikely that the poles were ice-free8-10, fossil evidence3-5,11,12 indicates that near-polar temperatures were much higher than they are today. Little is known, moreover, about oceanic poleward heat transport, and this makes it hard to model the Cretaceous climate or to evaluate the extent to which it provides an analogue for a 'greenhouse' world warmed by increased atmospheric CO2 alone. Here we use relationships between leaf physiognomy (such as shape and size) and modern climate to determine Cretaceous climate conditions in the Arctic region from fossil leaves. We find that the Arctic Ocean was relatively warm, remaining above 0 °C even during the winter months. This implies that there was significant poleward heat transport during all seasons.

  12. Trace element and isotope geochemistry of Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary sediments: identification of extra-terrestrial and volcanic components

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    Margolis, S. V.; Doehne, E. F.

    1988-01-01

    Trace element and stable isotope analyses were performed on a series of sediment samples crossing the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T) boundary from critical sections at Aumaya and Sopelano, Spain. The aim is to possibly distinguish extraterrestrial vs. volcanic or authigenic concentration of platinum group and other elements in K-T boundary transitional sediments. These sediments also have been shown to contain evidence for step-wise extinction of several groups of marine invertebrates, associated with negative oxygen and carbon isotope excursions occurring during the last million years of the Cretaceous. These isotope excursions have been interpreted to indicate major changes in ocean thermal regime, circulation, and ecosystems that may be related to multiple events during latest Cretaceous time. Results to date on the petrographic and geochemical analyses of the Late Cretaceous and Early Paleocene sediments indicate that diagenesis has obviously affected the trace element geochemistry and stable isotope compositions at Zumaya. Mineralogical and geochemical analysis of K-T boundary sediments at Zumaya suggest that a substantial fraction of anomalous trace elements in the boundary marl are present in specific mineral phases. Platinum and nickel grains perhaps represent the first direct evidence of siderophile-rich minerals at the boundary. The presence of spinels and Ni-rich particles as inclusions in aluminosilicate spherules from Zumaya suggests an original, non-diagenetic origin for the spherules. Similar spherules from southern Spain (Caravaca), show a strong marine authigenic overprint. This research represents a new approach in trying to directly identify the sedimentary mineral components that are responsible for the trace element concentrations associated with the K-T boundary.

  13. El caso del Outburst Flood histórico de la laguna Derrumbe, Cholila, Chubut: Colapso de dique Morénico en la Cordillera Norpatagónica

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    Bruno Colavitto

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available La laguna Derrumbe es un cuerpo de agua ubicado en los Andes Norpatagónicos en la provincia de Chubut, Argentina. Está contenida en un circo glaciario y endicada por una morena frontal del glaciar homónimo. A través del reconocimiento de campo se pudo describir a esta laguna y a un importante depósito rocoso que se halla aguas abajo de la misma, interpretado como un depósito de outburst flood. Estos depósitos son generados por procesos de alta energía relacionados con la rotura de un dique natural, en este caso un dique morénico. El estudio realizado permitió concluir que la morena frontal del glaciar Derrumbe sufrió una rotura parcial en tiempos históricos, desatando así una inundación súbita aguas abajo de la laguna, a través del valle del río Tigre, en la localidad de Cholila. En este trabajo se analizaron las posibles causas que dieron lugar a la rotura, la cual probablemente sea producto del rápido retroceso que el glaciar experimentó durante la década del ´50 y principios del ´60. Retroceso comparable con el ocurrido en muchos de los cuerpos glaciares de los Andes Patagónicos durante el último siglo.

  14. Geochemistry and environmental isotope of groundwater from the upper Cretaceous aquifer of Orontes basin (Syria)

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    Chemical and environmental isotopes have been used for studying the Upper Cretaceous aquifer systems in the Middle Orontes basin. The results indicate that the salinity of groundwater (0.2 to 2 g/l) reveals the dissolution of evaporate rocks is the main factor of high salinity especially in the Homes depression. The degree of salinity and its spaces distribution are basically related to the pattern of groundwater movement in the Upper cretaceous aquifer. The stable isotopes composition of groundwater in the Homes depression are more depleted by -2.5% and -17.0% for δ18O and δ2H respectively, than the groundwater from Hama elevation, suggested different origin and recharge time between this two groundwater groups. Estimates of their mean subsurface residence times have been constrained on the basis of 14CDIC. The corrected ages of groundwater are recent and less to 10 thousand years in Hama uplift. However, the corrected age of groundwater in the Homs depression range between 10 to 25 thousand years indicate late Pleistocene recharge period. (author)

  15. A gravid lizard from the Cretaceous of China and the early history of squamate viviparity

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    Wang, Yuan; Evans, Susan E.

    2011-09-01

    Although viviparity is most often associated with mammals, roughly one fifth of extant squamate reptiles give birth to live young. Phylogenetic analyses indicate that the trait evolved more than 100 times within Squamata, a frequency greater than that of all other vertebrate clades combined. However, there is debate as to the antiquity of the trait and, until now, the only direct fossil evidence of squamate viviparity was in Late Cretaceous mosasauroids, specialised marine lizards without modern equivalents. Here, we document viviparity in a specimen of a more generalised lizard, Yabeinosaurus, from the Early Cretaceous of China. The gravid female contains more than 15 young at a level of skeletal development corresponding to that of late embryos of living viviparous lizards. This specimen documents the first occurrence of viviparity in a fossil reptile that was largely terrestrial in life, and extends the temporal distribution of the trait in squamates by at least 30 Ma. As Yabeinosaurus occupies a relatively basal position within crown-group squamates, it suggests that the anatomical and physiological preconditions for viviparity arose early within Squamata.

  16. From Mesoproterozoic magmatism to collisional Cretaceous anatexis: Tectonomagmatic history of the Pelagonian Zone, Greece

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    Schenker, Filippo Luca; Burg, Jean-Pierre; Kostopoulos, Dimitrios; Moulas, Evangelos; Larionov, Alexander; Quadt, Albrecht

    2014-08-01

    The magmatic history of the Pelagonian Zone, in northern Greece, is constrained with secondary ion mass spectrometer (SIMS) U-Pb dating on zircons of various granitoids whose structural positions were defined with respect to the regional main foliation. Ages pertain to four groups: (i) Mesoproterozoic (circa 1430 Ma) crystallization of granites inferred from inherited magmatic zircon cores that have been partially molten during the (ii) Neoproterozoic at circa 685 Ma (metamorphic zircon rims) and subsequently intruded by a Neoproterozoic leucogranite (circa 600 Ma). (iii) Late- or post-Variscan calc-alkaline granitoids (315-301 Ma) were in turn intruded by a subvolcanic dike at about 280 Ma. In the Early Permian the ɛNd(t) in magmas decreased from -7.3 to -1.3, hinting to mantle-derived melts produced during extension. Rifting is further heralded by two acidic and one mafic dike containing Lower-Middle Triassic zircons (246-242 Ma). (iv) Early Cretaceous anatectic melts at 117 ± 8 Ma formed during regional metamorphism. This age is the first report of in situ anatexis in the Pelagonian Zone. Cretaceous anatexis developed during the Mesozoic collision of Pelagonia with the Eurasian margin. Major- and trace-element geochemistry of amphibolites further attests for the complex pre-Alpine tectonic history with Neoproterozoic calc-alkaline and back-arc geochemical signature and Triassic alkali-magmatism.

  17. A new Cretaceous family of enigmatic two-winged lacewings (Neuroptera

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    V. N. Makarkin

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    Full Text Available Lacewings (Neuroptera normally bear four well-developed wings. There are a few brachypterous, micropterous or apterous species, found in several extant families; this wing reduction is usually associated with flightlessness. The only documented fossil neuropteran with reduced hind wings (modified to small haltere-like structures is the enigmatic minute genus Mantispidiptera Grimaldi from the Late Cretaceous amber of New Jersey. In this paper, we report a new genus and species from the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation of China (Dipteromantispa brevisubcosta n. gen. et n. sp. resembling Mantispidiptera. We place these two genera in the new family Dipteromantispidae, n. fam. They bear well-developed forewings with reduced venation, and hind wings that are extremely modified as small structures resembling the halteres of Diptera. Dipteromantispidae n. fam. might be specialized descendants of some early Berothidae or of stem group Mantispidae + Berothidae. We presume that dipteromantispids were active fliers. This is a remarkable example of parallel evolution of wing structures in this neuropteran family and Diptera. doi:10.1002/mmng.201300002

  18. Fossil evidence for a herbaceous diversification of early eudicot angiosperms during the Early Cretaceous.

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    Jud, Nathan A

    2015-09-01

    Eudicot flowering plants comprise roughly 70% of land plant species diversity today, but their early evolution is not well understood. Fossil evidence has been largely restricted to their distinctive tricolpate pollen grains and this has limited our understanding of the ecological strategies that characterized their primary radiation. I describe megafossils of an Early Cretaceous eudicot from the Potomac Group in Maryland and Virginia, USA that are complete enough to allow reconstruction of important life-history traits. I draw on quantitative and qualitative analysis of functional traits, phylogenetic analysis and sedimentological evidence to reconstruct the biology of this extinct species. These plants were small and locally rare but widespread, fast-growing herbs. They had complex leaves and they were colonizers of bright, wet, disturbance-prone habitats. Other early eudicot megafossils appear to be herbaceous rather than woody, suggesting that this habit was characteristic of their primary radiation. A mostly herbaceous initial diversification of eudicots could simultaneously explain the heretofore sparse megafossil record as well as their rapid diversification during the Early Cretaceous because the angiosperm capacity for fast reproduction and fast evolution is best expressed in herbs. PMID:26336172

  19. Significance of the giant Lower Cretaceous paleoweathering event

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    Thiry, Médard; Ricordel-Prognon, Caroline; Schmitt, Jean-Michel

    2010-05-01

    Weathering profiles typically develop at the interface with the atmosphere, and thus, record the fluctuations in the paleoatmosphere's chemistry and climatic conditions. Consequently they are one of the main archives to upgrade our understanding on paleoclimate and the Earth's environmental history. In this presentation, we will focus on the linking between paleoatmosphere compositions, weathering rates, and their impact on the subsequent sedimentary records. Distribution of the Lower Cretaceous lateritic weathering facies. During the Early Cretaceous, sea level drops and wide exondations lead to development of deep "lateritic" weathering profiles. Thick kaolinitic weathering profiles occured on the Hercynian basements and diverse kaolinitic and ferruginous weathering products covered the Jurassic limestone platforms. This major lateritic event is not restricted to Europe but also well know in North-America (up to Canada), South-America (down to Argentina), and in Australia. Moreover, recent paleomagnetic and radiometric datations revealed that numerous kaolinitic and ferruginous formations, which classically were ascribed to Tertiary ages, date back to the Lower Cretaceous period (Thiry et al., 2006). Additionally, the Bonherz iron ore deposits in the paleokarsts of the Jurassic limestone plateform of the Paris Basin also have to be reconsidered as of Cretaceous age, probably as well as the Tertiary age of the Swiss and Bavarian Jura Bonherz. Paleoclimatic interpretation. During a long time, the interpretation of these paleoweathering features has been a major palaeoclimatic argument. The spreading out of deep kaolinitic weathering profiles (from the Scandinavian and Canadian shields to southern Argentina and Australia, which was still situated close to Antarctica at that time) has lead to considerations, that during this period a warm and wet climate prevailed globally, with very little latitudinal differentiation. These paleoclimatic interpretations stand in

  20. Tectonic evolution of the Sicilian Maghrebian Chain inferred from stratigraphic and petrographic evidences of Lower Cretaceous and Oligocene flysch

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    Puglisi Diego

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    Full Text Available The occurrence of a Lower Cretaceous flysch group, cropping out from the Gibraltar Arc to the Balkans with a very similar structural setting and sedimentary provenance always linked to the dismantling of internal areas, suggests the existence of only one sedimentary basin (Alpine Tethys s.s., subdivided into many other minor oceanic areas. The Maghrebian Basin, mainly developed on thinned continental crust, was probably located in the westernmost sector of the Alpine Tethys. Cretaceous re-organization of the plates triggered one (or more tectonic phases, well recorded in almost all the sectors of the Alpine Tethys. However, the Maghrebian Basin seems to have been deformed by Late- or post-Cretaceous tectonics, connected with a “meso-Alpine” phase (pre-Oligocene, already hypothesized since the beginning of the nineties. Field geological evidence and recent biostratigraphic data also support this important meso- Alpine tectonic phase in the Sicilian segment of the Maghrebian Chain, indicated by the deformations of a Lower Cretaceous flysch sealed by Lower Oligocene turbidite deposits. This tectonic development is emphasized here because it was probably connected with the onset of rifting in the southern paleomargin of the European plate, the detaching of the so-called AlKaPeCa block (Auct.; i.e. Alboran + Kabylian + Calabria and Peloritani terranes and its fragmentation into several microplates. The subsequent early Oligocene drifting of these microplates led to the progressive closure of the Maghrebian Basin and the opening of new back-arc oceanic basins, strongly controlled by extensional processes, in the western Mediterranean (i.e. Gulf of Lion, Valencia Trough, Provençal Basin and Alboran Sea.

  1. Strong mitochondrial DNA support for a Cretaceous origin of modern avian lineages

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    Sorenson Michael D

    2008-01-01

    speciation events or the K-Pg boundary that could systematically mislead inferences from genetic data. Conclusion The 'rock-clock' gap has been interpreted by some to be a result of the vagaries of molecular genetic divergence time estimates. However, despite measures to explore different forms of uncertainty in several key parameters, we fail to reconcile molecular genetic divergence time estimates with dates taken from the fossil record; instead, we find strong support for an ancient origin of modern bird lineages, with many extant orders and families arising in the mid-Cretaceous, consistent with previous molecular estimates. Although there is ample room for improvement on both sides of the 'rock-clock' divide (e.g. accounting for 'ghost' lineages in the fossil record and developing more realistic models of rate evolution for molecular genetic sequences, the consistent and conspicuous disagreement between these two sources of data more likely reflects a genuine difference between estimated ages of (i stem-group origins and (ii crown-group morphological diversifications, respectively. Further progress on this problem will benefit from greater communication between paleontologists and molecular phylogeneticists in accounting for error in avian lineage age estimates.

  2. Solid state 13C NMR analysis of Brazilian cretaceous ambers

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    13C cross polarization with magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance (13C CPMAS NMR) spectra have been obtained for the first time to three Cretaceous amber samples from South America. The samples were dated to Lower Cretaceous and collected in sediments from the Amazonas, Araripe and Reconcavo basins, Brazil. All samples have very similar spectra, consistent with a common paleobotanical source. Some aspects of the spectra suggest a relationship between Brazilian ambers and Araucariaceae family, such as intense resonances at 38-39 ppm. All samples are constituted by polylabdane structure associated to Class Ib resins, constituted by polymers of labdanoid diterpenes. Finally, information concerning some structural changes during maturation, such as isomerization of Δ8(17) and Δ12(13) unsaturations, were obtained by 13C NMR analyses. The results concerning botanical affinities are in accordance with previous results obtained by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). (author)

  3. A long tailed bird from the Late Cretaceous of Zhejiang

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    蔡正全; 赵丽君

    1999-01-01

    A new fossil bird was discovered from the lower part of Upper Cretaceous of Linhai, Zhejiang. With a long tail comprising more than 20 caudal vertebrae, this new brid is morphologically similar to that of Archaeopteryx. Meanwhile, it is similar to Confuciusornis in lacking in teeth. The bird shows the following plesiomorphies besides a long tail: elements of the forelimbs are simple in structure; bones of the manus are separate from one another and two digits are free; abdominal ribs are present. And the new bird shows some apomorphies: The skull bones are lightly built with no teeth; the hindlimbs are better developed than the forelimbs, the articular condyle of the femur is pronouced; the sternum is broad and long; the phalanges and unguals are small, showing its ground-dwelling habit. The fossil bird, coming from the rock of the Late Cretaceous in shouthem China, is very significant to the study of the evolution and relationships of birds.

  4. Late Cretaceous intraplate silicic volcanism in the Lake Chad region: incipient continental rift volcanism vs. Cameroon Line volcanism

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    Shellnutt, G.; Lee, T. Y.; Torng, P. K.; Yang, C. C.

    2015-12-01

    The crustal evolution of west-central Africa during the Cretaceous was directly related to plate motion associated with the opening of the central Atlantic Ocean. Late Cretaceous (~66 Ma) to recent magmatism related to the Cameroon Line stretches from Northern Cameroon (i.e. Golda Zuelva) to the Gulf of Guinea (i.e. Pagalu) and is considered to be due to mantle-crust interaction. The volcanic rocks at Hadjer el Khamis, west-central Chad, are considered to be amongst the oldest volcanic rocks of the Cameroon Line but their relationship is uncertain because they erupted during a period of a regional extension associated with the opening of the Late Cretaceous (~75 Ma) Termit basin. The silicic volcanic rocks can be divided into a peraluminous group and a peralkaline group with both rock types having similar chemical characteristics as within-plate granitoids. In situ U/Pb zircon dating yielded a mean 206Pb/238U age of 74.4 ± 1.3 Ma and indicates the rocks erupted ~10 million years before the next oldest eruption attributed to the Cameroon Line. The Sr isotopes (i.e. ISr = 0.7050 to 0.7143) show a wide range but the Nd isotopes (i.e. 143Nd/144Ndi = 0.51268 to 0.51271) are more uniform and indicate that the rocks were derived from a moderately depleted mantle source. Major and trace elemental modeling show that the silicic rocks likely formed by shallow fractionation of a mafic parental magma where the peraluminous rocks experienced crustal contamination and the peralkaline rocks did not. The silicic rocks are more isotopically similar to Late Cretaceous basalts in the Doba and Bongor basins (i.e. ISr = 0.7040 to 0.7060; 143Nd/144Ndi = 0.51267 to 0.51277) of southern Chad than to rocks of the Cameroon Line (i.e. ISr = 0.7026 to 0.7038; 143Nd/144Ndi = 0.51270 to 0.51300). Given the age and isotopic compositions, it is likely that the silicic volcanic rocks of the Lake Chad area are related to Late Cretaceous extensional tectonics rather than to Cameroon Line magmatism.

  5. Cretaceous sauropod diversity and taxonomic succession in South America

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    de Jesus Faria, Caio César; Riga, Bernardo González; dos Anjos Candeiro, Carlos Roberto; da Silva Marinho, Thiago; David, Leonardo Ortiz; Simbras, Felipe Medeiros; Castanho, Roberto Barboza; Muniz, Fellipe Pereira; Gomes da Costa Pereira, Paulo Victor Luiz

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    The South American sauropod dinosaurs fossil record is one of the world's most relevant for their abundance (51 taxa) and biogeographical implications. Their historical biogeography was influenced by the continental fragmentation of Gondwana. The scenery of biogeographic and stratigraphic distributions can provide new insight into the causes of the evolution of the sauropods in South America. One of the most important events of the sauropods evolution is the progressive replacement of Diplodocimorpha by the Titanosauriformes during the early Late Cretaceous. The fluctuation of the sea levels is frequently related to the diversity of sauropods, but it is necessary to take into account the geological context in each continent. During the Maastrichthian, a global sea level drop has been described; in contrast, in South America there was a significant rise in sea level (named 'Atlantic transgression') which is confirmed by sedimentary sequences and the fossil record of marine vertebrates. This process occurred during the Maastrichtian, when the hadrosaurs arrived from North America. The titanosaurs were amazingly diverse during the Late Cretaceous, both in size and morphology, but they declined prior to their final extinction in the Cretaceous/Paleocene boundary (65.5Yrs).

  6. Cretaceous oceanic red beds (CORBs): Different time scales and models of origin

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    Hu, Xiumian; Scott, Robert W.; Cai, Yuanfeng; Wang, Chengshan; Melinte-Dobrinescu, Mihaela C.

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    The Cretaceous oceanic red bed (CORB) is a newly opened window on global oceanic and climate changes during the Cretaceous greenhouse world. As a result of the International Geoscience Programmes 463, 494 and 555 (2002-2010), CORBs have been documented in many places by numerous publications. The principle goal of this paper is to summarize scientific advances on CORBs including chronostratigraphy, sedimentology, mineralogy, elemental and isotopic geochemistry, and their relationship to oceanic anoxic events (OAEs), palaeoclimate and palaeoceanography. We propose a new geochemical classification of the CORBs using CaO, Al2O3 and SiO2 values, which lithologically refer to marly, clayey, and cherty CORBs respectively. Detailed mineralogical studies indicate that hematite, goethite and Mn2 +-bearing calcite are the minerals imparting the red color of CORBs. Hematite clusters of several to tens of nanometers in the calcite structure are the main cause of the red coloring of limestones, and the Mn2 +-bearing calcite gives additional red color. Goethite was thought to form originally with hematite, and was subsequently transformed to hematite during late diagenesis. Chronostratigraphic data allow the distinction of two groups of CORBs by their durations. Short-term CORBs are generally less than 1 myr in duration, and seem to be on the scale of Milankovitch cycles. During the deposition of Cretaceous reddish intervals from ODP cores 1049 and 1050, low primary productivity and relatively high surface temperature resulted in low organic carbon flux into the sediments which reduced oxygen demand and produced oxidizing early diagenetic conditions. In such an oxic environment, iron oxides formed imparting the reddish color. The long-term CORBs' depositional events lasted longer than 4 myr, and may be a possible consequence of the OAEs. Enhanced amounts of organic carbon and pyrite burial during and after the OAEs would have resulted in a large and abrupt fall in atmospheric CO

  7. Políticas de territorialización de indígenas en Chubut: Provincialización de las relaciones interétnicas a través del acceso a la tierra

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    Fabiana Nahuelquir

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    Full Text Available En el presente artículo buscamos un doble objetivo. Por un lado, realizar una propuesta metodológica de lectura y análisis de presupuestos implícitos en los archivos estatales de tierras, construidos por el estado de la Provincia de Chubut. Por otro, nos abocamos al interior del discurso estatal a reconstruir las premisas que articularon las relaciones interétnicas entre el estado provincial y las familias indíge-nas, autoidentificadas como mapuche y mapuche-tehuelche. Tomamos como punto de partida con-ceptos como los de performance, contextualización y entextualización con la finalidad de (Bauman y Briggs, 2000 proponer una estrategia de análisis y reconstrucción de los marcos de referencia de los que partían los discursos estatales acerca del indígena y, al mismo tiempo, nos ocupamos de indagar cómo dichos marcos proveían de representaciones en curso a partir de las cuales se fijaba el sentido de las relaciones entre este grupo y el resto de la sociedad. El abordaje de las relaciones interétnicas entre el estado provincial y los indígenas requiere de un análisis desde una perspectiva histórica y multisituada. En consecuencia, cruzamos las sentencias de los archivos estatales con los posiciona-mientos de las narrativas indígenas y nos introducimos, entonces, en las particularidades de procesos conformación de comunidad provincial y de alterización de los indígenas al interior de las premisas que la primordializaban

  8. Herencia textil, identidad indígena y recursos económicos en la Patagonia argentina. Estudio de un caso: la comarca de la meseta central de la provincia de Chubut

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    Patricia María Méndez

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    Full Text Available El presente estudio revela la existencia de una producción textil en la Comarca de la Meseta Central de la Provincia de Chubut (Patagonia Argentina de similares características a las descritas en los documentos históricos a partir del siglo XVI y asociada a los antiguos habitantes de la región Patagónica. Corrobora la antigüedad de saberes y prácticas textiles en la Patagonia Argentina y revela algunas de sus características actuales, aspectos ambos sobre los cuales no existen estudios hasta el presente. A través de un trabajo histórico y etnográfico muestra las particularidades técnicas e instrumentales de esta producción, la transmisión de su saber y su importancia para la economía de las familias de la región en el pasado y en la actualidad. También examina su incidencia en la conformación de la identidad de las elaboraciones y de quienes participan en ellas en el presente. Estas cuestiones son abordadas desde una perspectiva estructural, es decir, que considera la intervención de los aspectos sociales, económicos y políticos en el análisis de tales tópicos, alejándose de una visión primordialista y estática de la cultura.

  9. Late Cretaceous and Cenozoic exhumation history of the Malay Peninsula

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    François, Thomas; Daanen, Twan; Matenco, Liviu; Willingshofer, Ernst; van der Wal, Jorien

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    The evolution of Peninsular Malaysia up to the collisional period in the Triassic is well described but the evolution since the collision between Indochina and the Sukhothai Arc in Triassic times is less well described in the literature. The processes affecting Peninsular Malaysia during the Jurassic up to current day times have to explain the emplacement multiple intrusions (the Stong Complex, and the Kemahang granite), the Jurassic/Cretaceous onland basins, the Cenozoic offshore basins, and the asymmetric extension, which caused the exhumation of Taku Schists dome. The orogenic period in Permo-Triassic times, which also formed the Bentong-Raub suture zone, resulted in thickening of the continental crust of current day Peninsular Malaysia due to the collision of the Indochina continental block and the Sukhothai Arc, and is related to the subduction of oceanic crust once present between these continental blocks. The Jurassic/Cretaceous is a period of extension, resulting in the onland Jurassic/Cretaceous basins, synchronous melting of the crust, resulting in the emplacement Stong Complex and the Kemahang granite and thinning of the continental crust on the scale of the Peninsular, followed by uplift of the Peninsular. Different models can explain these observations: continental root removal, oceanic slab detachment, or slab delamination. These models all describe the melting of the lower crust due to asthenospheric upwelling, resulting in uplift and subsequent extension either due to mantle convective movements or gravitational instabilities related to uplift. The Cenozoic period is dominated by extension and rapid exhumation in the area as documented by low temperature thermocrological ages The extension in this period is most likely related to the subduction, which resumed at 45 Ma, of the Australian plate beneath the Eurasian plate after it terminated in Cretaceous times due to the collision of an Australian microcontinental fragment with the Sunda margin in the

  10. Explosive Radiation of Malpighiales Supports a Mid-Cretaceous Origin of Modern Tropical Rain Forests

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    Wurdack, Kenneth J.; Jaramillo, Carlos A.; Davis, Charles; Webb, Campbell O; Donoghue, Michael J.

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    Fossil data have been interpreted as indicating that Late Cretaceous tropical forests were open and dry adapted and that modern closed-canopy rain forest did not originate until after the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K/T) boundary. However, some mid-Cretaceous leaf floras have been interpreted as rain forest. Molecular divergence-time estimates within the clade Malpighiales, which constitute a large percentage of species in the shaded, shrub, and small tree layer in tropical rain forests worldwide, p...

  11. Vegetation-atmosphere interactions and their role in global warming during the latest Cretaceous

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    Upchurch, G. R.; Otto-Bliesner, B. L.; Scotese, C.

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    Forest vegetation has the ability to warm Recent climate by its effects on albedo and atmospheric water vapour, but the role of vegetation in warming climates of the geologic past is poorly understood. This study evaluates the role of forest vegetation in maintaining warm climates of the Late Cretaceous by (1) reconstructing global palaeovegetation for the latest Cretaceous (Maastrichtian); (2) modelling latest Cretaceous climate under unvegetated conditions and different distributions of pal...

  12. Impact of the terminal Cretaceous event on plant–insect associations

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    Labandeira, Conrad C.; Johnson, Kirk R; Wilf, Peter

    2002-01-01

    Evidence for a major extinction of insect herbivores is provided by presence–absence data for 51 plant–insect associations on 13,441 fossil plant specimens, spanning the Cretaceous/Paleogene boundary in southwestern North Dakota. The most specialized associations, which were diverse and abundant during the latest Cretaceous, almost disappeared at the boundary and failed to recover in younger strata even while generalized associations regained their Cretaceous abundances. These results are con...

  13. Mid-Cretaceous amber fossils illuminate the past diversity of tropical lizards.

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    Daza, Juan D; Stanley, Edward L; Wagner, Philipp; Bauer, Aaron M; Grimaldi, David A

    2016-03-01

    Modern tropical forests harbor an enormous diversity of squamates, but fossilization in such environments is uncommon and little is known about tropical lizard assemblages of the Mesozoic. We report the oldest lizard assemblage preserved in amber, providing insight into the poorly preserved but potentially diverse mid-Cretaceous paleotropics. Twelve specimens from the Albian-Cenomanian boundary of Myanmar (99 Ma) preserve fine details of soft tissue and osteology, and high-resolution x-ray computed tomography permits detailed comparisons to extant and extinct lizards. The extraordinary preservation allows several specimens to be confidently assigned to groups including stem Gekkota and stem Chamaleonidae. Other taxa are assignable to crown clades on the basis of similar traits. The detailed preservation of osteological and soft tissue characters in these specimens may facilitate their precise phylogenetic placement, making them useful calibration points for molecular divergence time estimates and potential keys for resolving conflicts in higher-order squamate relationships. PMID:26973870

  14. New predatory cockroaches (Insecta: Blattaria: Manipulatoridae fam.n.) from the Upper Cretaceous Myanmar amber

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    Vršanský, Peter; Bechly, Günter

    2015-04-01

    We describe a new extinct lineage Manipulatoridae (new family) of cockroaches from the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian) amber of Myanmar. Manipulator modificaputis gen. et sp. n. is a morphologically unique extinct cockroach that represents the first (of a total of 29 known worldwide) cockroach family reported exclusively from the Myanmar amber. This family represents an early side branch of the stem group of Mantodea (most probably a sister group of Eadiidae within Blattaria/Corydioidea) because it has some synapomorphies with the Mantodea (including the stem group and Eadiidae). This family also retains symplesiomorphies that exclude a position in the crown group, and furthermore has unique autapomorphies that exclude a position as a direct ancestor of Mantodea. The unique adaptations such as strongly elongated extremities and freely movable head on a long neck suggest that these animals were pursuit predators. Five additional specimens (including two immatures) reported from the Myanmar amber suggest that this group was relatively rare but belonged to the indigenous and autochthonous inhabitants of the ancient amber forest of the Myanmar region.

  15. Influences of floral composition and environment on plant biomarkers across a Cretaceous landscape (Big Cedar Ridge)

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    Bush, R. T.; Diefendorf, A. F.; Wing, S. L.; McInerney, F. A.

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    The Late Cretaceous fossil site at Big Cedar Ridge (BCR; late Campanian, 72.7 Ma), located in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming, USA, contains a flora preserved in situ in a volcanic ash tuff over an organic-rich paleosol. The BCR flora is irregularly but extensively exposed along a ~4 km north-south transect and records a lowland flora that grew on a coastal delta on the western shore of the Cretaceous Interior Seaway (Meeteetse Formation). The transect spans a diverse landscape and a range of environmental gradients from very carbon-rich, swampy soils in the southern portion to less carbon-rich in the north; the landscape is also intersected by multiple inactive channel cuts that were filling with sediment and organic matter at the time of ash deposition. Recently Wing and others (2012, Ecological Monographs) described the composition of the local plant community at high resolution across the entire landscape, including identification and quantification of cover and richness for >122 taxonomic morphotypes, for each of 100 sites along the transect. Big Cedar Ridge captures an important time in the ecological development of plant communities: the site preserves ferns, gymnosperms, and angiosperms in 'fern thicket' floral assemblages, which are rare today, as well as disturbed habitats with abundant herbaceous 'dicot' angiosperms. During the Late Cretaceous angiosperms were globally increasing in abundance, displacing other plant groups as vegetational dominants. This setting allows for a novel analysis of plant biomarkers in the context of floral diversity, abundance, and landscape heterogeneity. We quantified leaf waxes (n-alkyl lipids), plant-derived terpenoids, bacterial hopanes, carbon isotope values (including bulk and compound-specific), and percent total organic carbon of the underlying paleosol for 36 sites along the transect in order to assess the influence of floral composition and soil environment on biomarker distributions and preservation. We compare lipid

  16. The origin and evolution of the Cretaceous Benue Trough (Nigeria)

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    Benkhelil, J.

    The intracontinental Benue Trough was initiated during the Lower Cretaceous in relation with the Atlantic Ocean opening. The first stage of its evolution started in the Aptian, forming isolated basins with continental sedimentation. In the Albian times, a great delta developed in the Upper Benue Trough, while the first marine transgression coming from the opening Gulf of Guinea occurred in the south and reached the Middle Benue. The widespread Turonian transgression made the Atlantic and Tethys waters communicate through the Sahara, Niger basins and the Benue Trough. The tectonic evolution of the Benue Trough was closely controlled by transcurrent faulting through an axial fault system, developing local compressional and tensional regimes and resulting in basins and basement horsts along releasing and restraining bends of the faults. Two major compressional phases occurred: in the Abakaliki area (southern Benue) during the Santonian; and at the end of the Cretaceous in the Upper Benue Trough. In Abakaliki, the sedimentary infilling was severely deformed through folding and flattening, and moderate folding and fracturing occurred in the northeast. The Cretaceous magmatism was restricted to main fault zones in most of the trough but was particularly active in the Abakaliki Trough, where it has alkaline affinities. From Albian to Santonian, the magmatism was accompanied in part of the Abakaliki Trough by a low-grade metamorphism. Geophysical data indicate a crustal thinning beneath the Benue Trough and, at a superficial level, an axial basement high flanked by two elongated deep basins including isolated sub-basins. The model of the tectonic evolution of the trough is based upon a general sinistral wrenching along the trough responsible for the structural arrangement and the geometry of the sub-basins. During the early stages of the Gulf of Guinea opening the Benue Trough was probably the expression on land of the Equatorial Fracture Zones.

  17. Arctic black shale formation during Cretaceous Oceanic Anoxic Event 2

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    Lenniger, Marc; Nøhr-Hansen, Henrik; Hills, Len V.; Bjerrum, Christian J.

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    The Late Cretaceous Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 (OAE2) represents a major perturbation of the global carbon cycle caused by the widespread deposition of organic-rich black shales. Although the paleoceanographic response and the spatial extent of bottom-water anoxia in low and mid-paleolatitudes are...... is contemporaneous with the widely observed occurrence of black shale deposition during OAE2. Paleontological, lithological, and geochemical data indicate normal marine conditions with persistent anoxic bottom waters during OAE2. The results imply that the high marine primary productivity pulse...

  18. Cretaceous biota of the Triângulo Mineiro region (Brazil: A review of recent finds

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    Candeiro, C. R. A.

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available The Bauru Group (Adamantina, Uberaba, and Marília Formations crop out in the Triângulo Mineiro region, Minas Gerais State, Brazil, and yield a rich continental biota. Invertebrate and vertebrate taxa from underlying and overlying strata, as well as biostratigraphical correlations with other fossil sites in Argentina, suggest an Upper Cretaceous age for this biota. The diversity of the fossil assemblage recorded in these formations is summarized here and includes: frogs, lizards, crocodiles, titanosaurs, abelisaurid and carcharodontosaurid dinosaurs. This fossil assemblage provides important clues to understand faunas from other southern landmasses, particularly those from the Cretaceous of the African continent.Los afloramientos del Grupo Bauru (formaciones Adamantina, Uberaba y Marília en la región del Triângulo Mineiro, Provincia de Minas Gerais, Brasil, posee un rico contenido de biota continental. Los taxa de invertebrados y vertebrados de estos estratos, así como las correlaciones biostratigráficas con otros yacimientos fósiles de Argentina, sugieren una edad del Cretácico Tardío. La diversidad de la asociación fósil registrada en las formaciones del Triângulo Mineiro se resume en el presente trabajo e incluye: sapos, lagartos, tortugas, cocodrilianos, titanosaurideos, dinosaurios abelisaurideos y carcharodontosaurideos. Esta asociación es importante para la comprensión de las faunas del sur de América y también de las del Cretácico de África.

  19. Origin of Cretaceous phosphorites from the onshore of Tamil Nadu, India

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    V Purnachandra Rao; Pratima M Kessarkar; R Nagendra; E V S S K Babu

    2007-12-01

    Cretaceous phosphorites from the onshore of Tamil Nadu have been investigated for their origin and compared with those in the offshore. Cretaceous phosphorites occur as light brown to yellowish brown or white nodules in Karai Shale of the Uttatur Group in the onshore Cauvery basin. Nodules exhibit phosphatic nucleus encrusted by a chalky shell of carbonate. The nucleus of the nodules consists of light and dark coloured laminae, phosphate peloids/coated grains and detrital particles interspersed between the laminae. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) studies reveal trapping and binding activity of microbial filaments. A mat structure with linearly arranged microbial filaments and hollow, cell-based coccoid cyanobacterial mat are present. Nodules contain abundant carbonate fluorapatite, followed by minor calcite, quartz and feldspar. The P2O5 content of the phosphorites ranges from 18 to 26%. The CaO/P2O5, Sr and F contents are higher than that of pure carbonate fluorapatite. Concentrations of Si, Al, K, Fe, and Ti are low. We suggest that the nuclei of the nodules represent phosphate clasts related to phosphate stromatolites formed at intertidal conditions. At high energy levels the microbial mats were disintegrated into phosphate clasts, coated with carbonate and then reworked into Karai Shale. On the other hand, Quaternary phosphorites occur as irregular to rounded, grey coloured phosphate clasts at water depths between 180 and 320m on the continental shelf of Tamil Nadu. They exhibit grain-supported texture. Despite Quaternary in age, they also resemble phosphate stromatolites of intertidal origin and reworked as phosphate clasts onto the shelf margin depressions. Benthic microbial mats probably supplied high phosphorus to the sediments. Availability of excess phosphorus seems to be a pre-requisite for the formation of phosphate stromatolites.

  20. The Late Cretaceous frog Gobiates from Central Asia: its evolutionary status and possible phylogenetic relationships

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    Roček, Zbyněk

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 29, č. 4 (2008), s. 577-591. ISSN 0195-6671 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Amphibia * Anura * Gobiatidae * Cretaceous * Cretaceous (Mongolia) Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 0.938, year: 2008

  1. On the actinopterygian fish fauna (Upper Cretaceous: Campanian) from the Kristianstad Basin, southern Sweden.

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    Bazzi, Mohamad

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    Actinopterygian remains have been recovered from Upper Cretaceous (uppermost lower to lowermost upper Campanian) marine strata of the Kristianstad Basin, southern Sweden. This is the first record of Upper Cretaceous bony fish from the Fennoscandian shield. The fauna consists of higher taxa including Pachycormiformes (Pachycormidae), Elopiformes (Pachyrhizodontidae), Pycnodontiformes (Pycnodontidae), Aulopiformes (Enchodontidae), Ichthyodectiformes (Ichthyodectidae), and indeterminable teleost...

  2. PRIORITY. Improved oil recovery and productivity from Lower Cretaceous Carbonates. 1.4.c: Compaction of Lower Cretaceous Carbonates

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    Foged Christensen, H.; Roedbro, L. [GEO (Denmark); Krogsboell, A. [BYG-DTU (Denmark)

    2002-09-01

    The in-situ stress state in the Valdemar field is unknown, especially with respect to the horizontal stress state. The horizontal stress state (or confining stress) is known to affect the compressibility and compaction properties of a material. The objective of this study is to evaluate the effect of different stress ratios and different loading rates on the compaction properties. Finally, the effect of water flooding (water weakening) on strength and deformation properties is studied. Two triaxial compaction tests, three constant rate of strain (CRS) oedometer tests and two waterflooding tests have been carried out on medium to high porosity non-fractured oil-saturated Valdemar Lower Cretaceous carbonate, representing the Lower Cretaceous Upper Tuxen 1 and Middle Tuxen 1 formations. The deformation properties for the elastic and plastic stress regime have been expressed in terms of the oedometric modulus, K, and a number of reloading moduli, K{sub rel}, for the corresponding fixed horizontal to vertical stress ratios. The compaction tests showed that the reloading moduli increase with increasing confining pressure. The de Waal creep parameters (bc{sub m0}, product of the de Waal dynamic friction parameter and the uniaxial compressibility) is derived from curve fitting of strain/time curves, in order to correlate laboratory to field pore collapse stress. The waterflooding tests indicated a reduction of the pore collapse stress in the order of 1000-1500 psi, comparable to the water weakening effect observed on Upper Cretaceous chalk. Further, a time delay with respect to responding to waterflooding of the material is observed. (au)

  3. Cretaceous Environments of Afghanistan:A Synthesis Based on Selected Sections

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    Abdul Rahman Ashraf; Ashok Sahni

    2003-01-01

    The Cretaceous of Afghanistan is marked by great facies diversity. The evolution of Cretaceous basins is part of a complex accretionary history involving three distinct tectonic units namely the Asian (Russian) Block separated from the Indian plate by a rather well defined transcurrent fault (Chaman-Nuski). The southwestern component is representedby the Iran-Afghanistan plate. The Lower Cretaceous of the Asian Block is represented by the Red-Grit Series which isconformable to the underlying Upper Jurassic sequences. The transition is marked by evaporitic facies dominated by salt,gypsum and marl deposits. In south Afghanistan volcanic rocks occur at Farah, with the emplacement of plutonics inwest-central Afghanistan. The Upper Cretaceous of north Afghanistan is marked by richly fossiliferous, lime stone-dominated sequences. The Upper Cretaceous of southern Afghanistan is marked by strong ophiolitic magrmatism.

  4. Characteristics and their controlling factors of Cretaceous Kezilesu Group sandstone reservoirs in Akmomu gas field, northwestern Tarim Basin%塔西南阿克莫木气田白垩系克孜勒苏群砂岩储层特征及其控制因素

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    石石; 常志强; 徐艳梅; 阳建平; 初广震

    2012-01-01

    Characteristics of Kezilesu Group sandstone reservoirs and factors controlling their development are investigated based on the analysis of routine thin-sections,cast thin-sections,physical property and grain sizes. The results show that the reservoir rocks are dominanted by feldspathic litharemte and lithic sandstones with low porosity and permeability,and the pore types are mainly secondary pores including intragranular dissolved pores, intergranular dissolved pores and micropores. The mercury intrusion curve has high displacement pressure, indicating that the sorting of pore throats is poor and the pore structure feature in small pores and fine throats. The development of Kezilesu Group sandstone reservoirs in Akemomu gas field has strong correlation with grain sizes, debris content and diagenetic compaction, cementation and dissolution. For reservoir rocks were deposited under the control of braided rivers, their quality improves with grain size enlarging, debns content increasing and enhancing of dissolution. On the contrary, compaction and cementation of carbonate, clay and siliceous mineral formed during the post-diagenesis have adverse effects on reservoir rocks.%根据常规薄片、铸体薄片、常规物性和粒度分析,研究了塔西南阿克莫木气田克孜勒苏群砂岩储层的地质特征及其主控因素.结果表明,该套储层岩石类型以长石岩屑砂岩及岩屑砂岩为主;储层物性较差,为低孔、低渗储层;孔隙类型以次生孔隙为主,主要有粒内溶孔、粒间溶孔及微孔隙等;压汞曲线排驱压力较高,一般孔喉分选较差,总体具有小孔细喉的孔隙结构特征.阿克莫木气田克孜勒苏群砂岩储层发育程度与碎屑颗粒的粒度粗细,岩屑含量以及成岩阶段的压实、胶结和溶蚀作用具有较强的相关性.辫状水道控制下的碎屑颗粒越粗,岩屑含量相对越高,溶蚀作用越强,储层就越发育;压实作用及成岩后期的碳酸盐岩、

  5. Debris-carrying camouflage among diverse lineages of Cretaceous insects.

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    Wang, Bo; Xia, Fangyuan; Engel, Michael S; Perrichot, Vincent; Shi, Gongle; Zhang, Haichun; Chen, Jun; Jarzembowski, Edmund A; Wappler, Torsten; Rust, Jes

    2016-06-01

    Insects have evolved diverse methods of camouflage that have played an important role in their evolutionary success. Debris-carrying, a behavior of actively harvesting and carrying exogenous materials, is among the most fascinating and complex behaviors because it requires not only an ability to recognize, collect, and carry materials but also evolutionary adaptations in related morphological characteristics. However, the fossil record of such behavior is extremely scarce, and only a single Mesozoic example from Spanish amber has been recorded; therefore, little is known about the early evolution of this complicated behavior and its underlying anatomy. We report a diverse insect assemblage of exceptionally preserved debris carriers from Cretaceous Burmese, French, and Lebanese ambers, including the earliest known chrysopoid larvae (green lacewings), myrmeleontoid larvae (split-footed lacewings and owlflies), and reduviids (assassin bugs). These ancient insects used a variety of debris material, including insect exoskeletons, sand grains, soil dust, leaf trichomes of gleicheniacean ferns, wood fibers, and other vegetal debris. They convergently evolved their debris-carrying behavior through multiple pathways, which expressed a high degree of evolutionary plasticity. We demonstrate that the behavioral repertoire, which is associated with considerable morphological adaptations, was already widespread among insects by at least the Mid-Cretaceous. Together with the previously known Spanish specimen, these fossils are the oldest direct evidence of camouflaging behavior in the fossil record. Our findings provide a novel insight into early evolution of camouflage in insects and ancient ecological associations among plants and insects. PMID:27386568

  6. Evidence for global cooling in the Late Cretaceous

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    Linnert, Christian; Robinson, Stuart A.; Lees, Jackie A.; Bown, Paul R.; Pérez-Rodríguez, Irene; Petrizzo, Maria Rose; Falzoni, Francesca; Littler, Kate; Arz, José Antonio; Russell, Ernest E.

    2014-06-01

    The Late Cretaceous ‘greenhouse’ world witnessed a transition from one of the warmest climates of the past 140 million years to cooler conditions, yet still without significant continental ice. Low-latitude sea surface temperature (SST) records are a vital piece of evidence required to unravel the cause of Late Cretaceous cooling, but high-quality data remain illusive. Here, using an organic geochemical palaeothermometer (TEX86), we present a record of SSTs for the Campanian-Maastrichtian interval (~83-66 Ma) from hemipelagic sediments deposited on the western North Atlantic shelf. Our record reveals that the North Atlantic at 35 °N was relatively warm in the earliest Campanian, with maximum SSTs of ~35 °C, but experienced significant cooling (~7 °C) after this to <~28 °C during the Maastrichtian. The overall stratigraphic trend is remarkably similar to records of high-latitude SSTs and bottom-water temperatures, suggesting that the cooling pattern was global rather than regional and, therefore, driven predominantly by declining atmospheric pCO2 levels.

  7. Uranium mining and hydrogeology in the north Bohemian Cretaceous area

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    The north Bohemian Cretaceous area is the location of the most recent uranium ore production in the Czech Republic. It is also the area where the exploration, production and processing of uranium ores has had the greatest impact on the environment, predominantly due to extensive changes in the groundwater flow regime and quality caused by an incompatible combination of in situ leaching (ISL) technology and classical deep mining. The ISL technology involved using sulphuric acid as the prime leaching agent as well as other chemical agents in the leaching process. This in turn has led to the presence of huge amounts of contaminated groundwater in the sedimentary aquifers of the north Bohemian Cretaceous, forming a potential menace to the high-quality drinking water resources of the area. The paper describes the pollution mechanisms resulting from the mining methods and details the different approaches used for remedying the groundwater and for protecting those parts of the aquifers that are not yet polluted. It also gives information about the regulations and legal aspects concerning the closure and dismantling of the uranium mines. (authors)

  8. Mountain building triggered late cretaceous North American megaherbivore dinosaur radiation.

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    Terry A Gates

    Full Text Available Prior studies of Mesozoic biodiversity document a diversity peak for dinosaur species in the Campanian stage of the Late Cretaceous, yet have failed to provide explicit causal mechanisms. We provide evidence that a marked increase in North American dinosaur biodiversity can be attributed to dynamic orogenic episodes within the Western Interior Basin (WIB. Detailed fossil occurrences document an association between the shift from Sevier-style, latitudinally arrayed basins to smaller Laramide-style, longitudinally arrayed basins and a well substantiated decreased geographic range/increased taxonomic diversity of megaherbivorous dinosaur species. Dispersal-vicariance analysis demonstrates that the nearly identical biogeographic histories of the megaherbivorous dinosaur clades Ceratopsidae and Hadrosauridae are attributable to rapid diversification events within restricted basins and that isolation events are contemporaneous with known tectonic activity in the region. SymmeTREE analysis indicates that megaherbivorous dinosaur clades exhibited significant variation in diversification rates throughout the Late Cretaceous. Phylogenetic divergence estimates of fossil clades offer a new lower boundary on Laramide surficial deformation that precedes estimates based on sedimentological data alone.

  9. Evolutionary transition of dental formula in Late Cretaceous eutherian mammals

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    Averianov, Alexander O.; Archibald, J. David

    2015-10-01

    Kulbeckia kulbecke, stem placental mammal from the Late Cretaceous of Uzbekistan, shows a transitional stage of evolution in the dental formula from five to four premolars. A non-replaced dP3/dp3 may occur as individual variation. In other specimens, the lower premolars are crowded with no space for development of dp3. As is evident from the CT scanning of one juvenile specimen, the development of dp3 started in a late ontogenetic stage and was confined to the pulp cavity of the developing p2. This dp3 would have been resorbed in a later ontogenetic stage, as the roots of p2 formed. The initial stage of reduction of the third premolar can be traced to stem therians ( Juramaia and Eomaia), which have both dP3 and P3 present in the adult dentition. Further delay in the development of dP3/dp3 led to the loss of the permanent P3/p3 (a possible synapomorphy for Eutheria). The dP3/dp3 was present during most of the adult stages in the Late Cretaceous stem placentals Zhelestidae and Gypsonictops. This tooth is totally absent in basal taxa of Placentalia, which normally have at most four premolars.

  10. Geología y geoquímica de los cuerpos básicos alcalinos al sur de los lagos Musters y Colhué Huapí, cuenca del golfo San Sorge, Chubut

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    Nilda D Menegatti

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available En la región de los lagos Colhué Huapí y Musters, situada en la sierra de San Bernardo en el centro sur de la provincia del Chubut, afloran cuerpos ígneos básicos de carácter alcalino con estructuras de stocks, sills, lopolitos y diques, con edades comprendidas entre el Eoceno y Pleistoceno. En este trabajo, se presentan los resultados obtenidos del estudio efectuado en los cerros Negro, Cresta-Puricelli, Guacho, Solo, San Bernardo, Cresta-Trompete y Los Leones-Tumba del Indio, todos ellos localizados al sur de la localidad de Sarmiento. La litología identificada corresponde a gabro, monzogabro nefelínico, sienita nefelínica, basalto y basanita, siendo el gabro la variedad predominante. De acuerdo a la forma, el tamaño, los gradientes texturales y la presencia de zeolitas que presentan los cuerpos intrusivos, se considera que éstos se emplazaron en niveles corticales altos (<1 km. La mayoría de las rocas analizadas son básicas con un porcentaje de SiO2 entre 44 y 48 %, y se caracterizan por el alto contenido en Fe2O3 (10,66-14,67 %, TiO2 (1,23-3,37 % y álcalis (3,35-5,91 %. Los diagramas normalizados tienen el diseño típico de basaltos alcalinos de intraplaca, compatibles con una fuente de tipo OIB enriquecida en elementos incompatibles, con residuo granatífero en la fuente y ausencia de contaminación con la placa subducida o cortical. La pendiente pronunciada de la curva normalizada de REE (La/Yb = 10,2-22,4 señala relativamente bajos grados de fusión parcial. A partir del análisis estructural se plantea un ambiente extensional para el emplazamiento de estos cuerpos que es coherente con lo que indican las características geoquímicas.

  11. Los niveles glauconíticos de la Formación Salamanca, Chubut: su efectividad agronómica como fuente alternativa de fertilizante potásico

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    Liliana N Castro

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Las secuencias marinas del Maastrichtiano-Paleoceno inferior representadas por la Formación Salamanca y unidades equivalentes, presentan niveles con glauconita que podrían suplir parcialmente las importaciones de potasio para uso en la industria de fertilizantes. La prospección y muestreo se realizó en las nacientes del río Chico, Chubut, donde los espesores de los niveles glauconíticos alcanzan 20 metros. El trabajo se dividió en fases: fase 1, prospección, muestreo y análisis sedimentológicos y químicos de rutina; fase 2a, ensayos de concentración y tratamiento, y fase 2b, ensayos agronómicos donde se compara la efectividad agronómica de las areniscas glauconíticas (GL con el fertilizante potásico tradicional (KCl. Estos últimos se realizaron en cámara de cultivo, con las fracciones 125 μm y 250 μm, (2,85 y 2,82 % K2O respectivamente de GL y con KCl, variando las dosis aplicadas, más una muestra testigo resultando en total 7 tratamientos. A lo largo de las 4 cosechas no se observó un comportamiento diferencial significativo entre GL1, GL2 (125 y el testigo. Ambos tratamientos de GL 250 μm presentaron una mayor biomasa acumulada, superando al testigo en un 44 y 60 % respectivamente. Como conclusión, los tratamientos con GL (125 presentaron resultados poco diferenciables del testigo, en tanto que en GL (250 los valores alcanzados superaron a los obtenidos con la fertilización con KCl. Probablemente la mayor participación de feldespato potásico junto a un incremento en la velocidad de lixiviación por riego en la fracción 125 μξm origine el rendimiento diferencial observado. La gran extensión areal de la Formación Salamanca y la continuidad de los niveles glauconíticos alienta a continuar su evaluación como fertilizante o enmienda.

  12. Estratigrafía, análisis de facies y paleoambientes de la formación cañadón asfalto en el depocentro jurásico cerro Cóndor, provincia del Chubut

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    Full Text Available El depocentro Cerro Cóndor representa la secuencia estratigráfica del Jurásico continental más completa de la cuenca de Cañadón Asfalto y de Sudamérica austral. Se sitúa en la Patagonia extraandina, en ambas márgenes del río Chubut medio. La sedimentación en esta cuenca pull apart, acompañada por efusiones de basalto olivínico, comenzó en el Jurásico Medio temprano. Predominan en la Formación Cañadón Asfalto los depósitos lacustres caracterizados por asociaciones de facies carbonáticas y siliciclásticas intercaladas con rocas lávicas en la base y depósitos piroclásticos hacia el techo de la unidad. Se describe el desarrollo de facies a lo largo de un corte norte-sur que abarca las secciones de estancia El Torito y de los cañadones Los Loros, Las Chacritas, Carrizal, Asfalto y Lahuincó. Las facies/microfacies carbonáticas están representadas por mudstones, wackestones,packstones, grainstones y calizas microbialíticas características de ambientes litorales, marginales y palustres. En la Formación Cañadón Asfalto se distinguen un miembro inferior (Las Chacritas, constituido por calizas, lutitas, areniscas y conglomerados, intercalados con basaltos olivínicos y por otro superior (Puesto Almada compuesto por tobas, tufitas, lutitas y areniscas. El primero es portador de una asociación palinológica de edad bajociano-bathoniana y el segundo de dinosaurios de edad tithoniana. Se describen detalladamente e ilustran las secciones estratigráficas de ambos miembros de la formación en sus localidades tipo, cañadón Las Chacritas y estancia el Torito y se reconstruyen los paleoambientes del depocentro desde el Aaleniano al Tithoniano. La edad del miembro Puesto Almada en su localidad tipo se obtuvo mediante una datación radimétrica (K/Ar de biotitas provenientes de una delgada capa de toba volcánica (147,1 ± 3,3 Ma, Tithoniano proveniente de la parte superior de la unidad.

  13. THE EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD AND GLOBAL GEOLOGIC PHENOMENA IN MID-CRETACEOUS%白垩纪中期地球磁场与全球地质现象

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    2005-01-01

    , covering about one-third of the land area. Sea levels were up to 250 m higher than present day levels. Geological evidence also points towards an unusually high rate of volcanic activity in the mid-Cretaceous. Large volumes of magmatic material flowed to Earths surface from the mantle, and not just from the typical seafloor spreading. The "large igneous provinces" or LIPs made a very important contribution to the lithosphere during the mid-Cretaceous. Several LIPs such as the Ontong Java Plateau(120 Ma), the main portion of the Kerguelen Plateau(115~80 Ma), the Madagascar LIP(84~91Ma), the High Arctic LIP(85~95 Ma), and the Caribbean LIP(88~91 Ma)were all formed during this time. Carbon dioxide emissions released by the Cretaceous LIPs may have triggered two to seven oceanic anoxic events(OAEs) and led to a greenhouse effect that raised the Earths surface temperature by roughly 10 degrees Celsius, reduced temperature gradients from the Equator to the poles, and resulted in general absence of polar ice caps and oceans much warmer than todays. The mid-Cretaceous was also a time of rapid radiation and turnover in the marine plankton, benthic foraminifera, and terrestrial plants. This evolutionary activity transformed many of these groups on an ocean-wide basis. The reorganization of the global biosphere during the mid-Cretaceous paralleled the marked changes in the ocean-climate system, suggesting a causal relationship between biotic evolution and environments. Other geologic anomalies associated with the mid-Cretaceous thermal activity include the extremely high development of the Earths diamond bearing kimberlites in mid-East and South Africa and markedly reduced(less radiogenic)seawater strontium isotope ratio(87Sr/86Sr). A key piece in the mid-Cretaceous geologic phenomena is the Cretaceous Normal Superchron. This is a period in which Earths magnetic field was uncharacteristically steady that did not switch from normal to reversed polarity for about

  14. Paleoambientes de sedimentación del tramo superior de la Formación Portezuelo, Grupo Neuquén (Cretácico Superior, Los Barreales, provincia del Neuquén Sedimentry paleoenvironments of the upper sectin of Portezuelo Formation, Neuquen Group (Upper cretaceous, Los Barreales, Neuquen Province

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    Full Text Available Al norte del lago Los Barreales aflora el tramo superior de la Formación Portezuelo, unidad basal del Subgrupo Río Neuquén (Grupo Neuquén del Turoniano superior-Coniaciano. En ese sector se realizaron estudios sedimentológicos para determinar los paleoambientes sedimentarios, su evolución y determinar los factores de control más relevantes.Se determinaron 12 litofacies que fueron incluidas en 6 asociaciones de facies. La naturaleza y organización de las asociaciones, permiten el desarrollo de canales fluviales entrelazados gravosos y de carga mixta de baja y alta sinuosidad. Las paleocorrientes son, en general, hacia NE y NO.Los sistemas fluviales estuvieron sujetos a cambios abruptos en el régimen de descarga correlacionables con variables climáticas de corto término. Las variaciones en el tamaño de grano dominante de la carga de lecho, espesores de los cuerpos de canal y proporciones relativas de elementos de canal/llanura de inundación, responden a fluctuaciones de largo término en los niveles de descarga. También se interpreta que las modificaciones en el nivel de base controlaron la arquitectura fluvial a gran escala. El apilamiento de las unidades de canal, se relaciona con una tasa de suministro que no pudo ser, en general, compensada por la tasa de subsidencia. Un ligero incremento de ésta última hacia el tope de la unidad, dio como resultado el desarrollo de áreas anegadas dentro de la llanura de inundación y cuerpos de agua más o menos estables que fueron luego ocupadas por un sistema fluvial de carga mixta de alta sinuosidad.The upper part of the Portezuelo Formation (upper Turonian-Coniacian; Río Neuquen Subgroup of the Neuquen Group crops out to the north of the Los Barreales lake. Sedimentological studies in order to determine paleoenvironments, their evolution, and the more relevant controls on deposition were carried out in this area.Twelve lithofacies were defined and included in six facies associations. The

  15. Evolution of Palaeo-Uplift and Its Controlling on Sedimentation of Kapushaliang Group of Early Cretaceous in Western Tabei Uplift%塔北西部早白垩世卡普沙良群沉积期古隆起演化及其对沉积的控制作用

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    徐桂芬; 林畅松; 刘永福; 孙琦

    2016-01-01

    Palaeo-uplift is an important tectonic unit in the petroleum basin.The Research of palaeo-uplift distribution,its evo-lution and statement its influence on the development of sediment have important study significance for oil and gas exploration. Based on the comprehensive research of core,logging data,seismic data and outcrop,the sequence stratigraphy framework of Kapushaliang Group was established,which was divided into four third-order sequences internally.Then the palaeo-uplift dis-tribution and its evolution in each sequence developmental stages of Kapushaliang Group were reconstructed.In SQ1 period, palaeo-uplift was EW trending,across the entire work area,widening from the middle to east and west,with an erosion area of 1 946 km2 .In SQ2 period,the palaeo-uplift area was decreased and submerged in the central uplift,2 small eroded areas re-mained in the east and bigger eroded area in the west,with a total area of approximately 1 365 km2 .In SQ3 period,the palaeo-uplift area was further decreased,the east was submerged overall and the northwest residual palaeo-uplift was 899 km2 ,and the palaeo-uplift disappeared to SQ4.According to the core observation,combined with rock combination and logging data, four kinds of sedimentary system types are identified:the brainded river delta,oxidized shallow delta,beach-and-bar facies and shore-shallow lake.Finally the configuration relationship between palaeo-uplift and source-to-sink system is revealed,based on seismic data,logging,core and other analysis data,using the idea of basin analysis,and studying the factors of structure, palaeo-uplift,facies comprehensively.It is found that there are two source systems developed in the research area:the source from the palaeo-uplift to the north and south sides and source from distant southern source.The northern side near the erosion uplift area developed short provenance,which formed braided river delta deposition.With the decrease of erosion area,the brai-ded river delta

  16. Provenance and drainage system of the Early Cretaceous volcanic detritus in the Himalaya as constrained by detrital zircon geochronology

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    Xiu-Mian Hu; Eduardo Garzanti; Wei An

    2015-01-01

    The age range of the major intra-plate volcanic event that affected the northern Indian margin in the Early Cretaceous is here deifned precisely by detrital zircon geochronol-ogy. U–Pb ages of Early Cretaceous detrital zircons found in the Cretaceous to the Paleocene sandstones cluster mainly between 142 Ma and 123 Ma in the northern Tethys Himalayan unit, and between 140 Ma and 116 Ma in the southern Tethys Himalayan unit. The youngest and oldest detrital zircons within this group indicate that volcanism in the source areas started in the latest Jurassic and ended by the early Albian. Stratigraphic data indicate that volcaniclastic sedimentation began signiifcantly earlier in southern Tibet (Tithonian) than in Nepal (Valangin-ian), and considerably later in Spiti and Zanskar (Aptian/Albian) to the west. This apparent westward migration of magmatism was explained with progressive westward propagation of extensional/transtensional tectonic activity and development of fractures cutting deeply across the Indian continental margin crust. However, detrital zircon geochronology provides no indi-cation of heterochroneity in magmatic activity in the source areas from east to west, and thus lends little support to such a scenario. Westward migration of volcaniclastic sedimentation may thus relfect instead the westward progradation of major drainage systems supplying vol-canic detritus sourced from the same volcanic centers in the east. Development of multiple radial drainage away from the domal surface uplift associated with magmatic upwelling, as observed for most large igneous provinces around the world, may also explain why U–Pb ages of detrital zircons tend to cluster around 133–132 Ma (the age of the Comei igneous province) in Tethys Himalayan units, but around 118–117 Ma (the age of the Rajmahal igneous province) in Lesser Himalayan units.

  17. Sedimentología y paleoambientes del Subgrupo Río Neuquén (Cretácico Superior en la quebrada de Las Chivas, departamento Confluencia, provincia de Neuquén Sedimentary paleoenvironments in the Upper Cretaceous Plottier Formation (Neuquen Group, Confluencia, Neuquén

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    el estilo fluvial fue anastomosado. En la base de la Formación Plottier se identifica una discontinuidad de 6to orden. Ésta limita una sucesión de cinturones de canales entrelazados apilados. La discontinuidad neta y planar y el importante cambio en la arquitectura fluvial sugieren una fuerte disminución en la relación acomodación/suministro.The Río Neuquén Subgroup (lateTuronian-late Coniacian of the Neuquén Group, crops out to the west of the Senillosa locality. Sedimentological studies in order to determine paleoenvironments, their evolution, and relevant controls on deposition were carried out in this area. Twelve lithofacies were defined and included in six facies associations. The nature and arrangement of facies associations suggest the development of braided and anastomosig fluvial systems as well as dunes and aeolian sandsheets. The fluvial systems were subject to changes in the discharge regime, interpreted to be related to short term climatic variability. The variations of dominant grain size of the bed load, thickness of channel bodies, and relative proportions of channel/flood plain elements, respond to long term fluctuations of discharge levels. It is suggested that the modifications in base-level controlled the large-scale fluvial architecture. At the base of Portezuelo Formation thick channels show a braided design, levees, crevasse splay and a strong multilateral relation are developed. These relation of channel units, is related with a rate of sediment supply that, in general, compensated by the subsidence rate. At the flood plain aeolian dunes and sheet were developed. Gradually, a decreasing on the channel/floodplain relation is recorded. The fluvial system is characterized by isolate lenticular channels in flood plain deposits and frequent crevasse splays events.were recorded. In the top of the unit, an increase of subsidence rate resulted in the development of flooded areas within the flood plain and the anastomosed fluvial style. At

  18. Paleomagnetism in rocks from the Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous in the western flank of the mountains of Perija; Contributions to the tectonic evolution of NW South America

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    The Perija Range is a mountain system located in the northwestern corner of South america; upon western flank outcrop its rocks from La Quinta and Rio Negro formations, and the Cogollo Group that were deposited from the Jurassic to Early Cretaceous. Paleomagnetic analysis allow to document rotations on vertical axis and translation of geologic terranes along of North Andes, especially those related with the Pangea fragmentation as the Mexican Blocks (Yucatan, Chortis, etc) and the Santa Marta Massif. Twenty nine paleomagnetic sites distributed in three areas from the western flank of the Perija Range were analyzed for testing if had changes in the rotation magnitude in several structural domains. In all, we collected 17 sites in the La Quinta Fm., 9 in the Rio Negro Fm. and 3 in the Cogollo Group. The results of our study were integrated to the paleomagnetic data reported from eastern flank allow us document clockwise rotations of 41+-13 degrade for Jurassic rocks and 45+-13 degrade for Cretaceous rocks. The values of positive inclination allow us suggest a stable paleolatitudinal position for the PR, adjacent to the Craton, between the Jurassic (+7.5 degrade) and Cretaceous (+9.2 degrade). This paleolatutudinal stability is opposite to the northward translation given for the Santa Marta Massif in previous studies, inferring that between these blocks in subsoil should be exist a paleosuture in late Jurassic.

  19. Cenomanian-Coniacian Upper Cretaceous foraminiferal fauna of Lithuania

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    Aleksienė, Agnė

    2010-12-01

    Foraminiferal assemblages form a unique fauna succession from the Cenomanian to Maastrichtian stages in Lithuania; the Cenomanian-Coniacian succession is discussed in this paper. The first Cretaceous planktonic foraminifera species appeared in the Early Cenomanian. The Cenomanian planktonic foraminiferal association consists of the relatively abundant genus Hedbergella. However, Cenomanian planktonic foraminifera are rare compared to benthic; the latter are numerous, and their assemblage contains various calcareous and agglutinated species. As a result of environmental changes, foraminiferal assemblages gradually changed as well. The newly formed deep-water niches in the Turonian allowed spreading the keeled forms of planktonic foraminifera. Taxonomically, Turonian-Coniacian foraminiferal assemblages are mainly composed of species of the following genera: Praeglobotruncana, Helvetoglobotruncana, Dicarinella, Marginotruncana.

  20. Seismic expression of subtle strat trap in Upper Cretaceous Almond

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    Ryder, Robert T.; Lee, Myung W.; Agena, Warren F.; Anderson, Robert C.

    1990-01-01

    The east flank of the Rock Springs uplift and the adjacent Wamsutter arch contain several large hydrocarbon accumulations. Among these accumulations are Patrick Draw field, which produces oil and gas from a stratigraphic trap in the Upper Cretaceous Almond formation, and Table Rock field, a faulted anticlinal trap that produces gas from multiple Tertiary, Mesozoic, and Paleozoic reservoirs. The principal petroleum reservoir in Patrick Draw field is a sandstone at the top of the Almond formation. This sandstone attains a maximum thickness of 35ft and piches out westward into relatively impervious silt-stone and shale that constitute the trapping facies. The objective of this investigation is to determine whether or not the stratigraphic trap at Patrick Draw can be detected on a 12 fold, common depth point seismic profile acquired by Forest Oil Corp. and its partners. The seismic line is 18.5 miles long and crosses Patrick Draw and Table Rock fields.

  1. Alisitos Formation, calcareous facies: Early Cretaceous episode of tectonic calm

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    Suarez-Vidal, F.

    1986-07-01

    The Alisitos Formation (Aptian-Albian), shaped as a marine volcanic arc, crops out along the western side of the peninsula of Baja California bounding the Peninsular Range batholith. Lithologically, this formation is formed by volcanic-breccias, porphyritic flows, biohermal limestones, and tuffaceous and pyroclastic sediments. The distribution of the different facies depends on the nature of volcanism and the distance from a volcanic center, although the presence of massive biohermal limestone indicates that in the Early Cretaceous (during the tectonic episodes), the volcanic activity decreased to the level that the environmental conditions were favorable for the development of an organic reef barrier, behind an island arc. Such conditions existed south of the Agua Blanca fault and extended to El Arco, Baja California. Based upon field observations and petrological analysis of the Alisitos limestone, an attempt is made to recreate the environmental condition in the Punta China and San Fernando, Baja California, sites.

  2. Cretaceous extinctions - Evidence for wildfires and search for meteoritic material

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    Wolbach, W. S.; Lewis, R. S.; Anders, E.

    1985-10-01

    The results of analyses of the contents of deposits in the Cretaceous-Ternary (K-T) transition at three sites worldwide are discussed. The study was undertaken to examine the composition of the object which may have struck the earth, causing widespread biotic extinction. The data indicate that most of the parent body was destroyed on impact, a condition which would also hold true for comets, suggesting that comets were not a source of prebiotic life. A four-orders-of-magnitude excess of carbon in the K-T layer is considered in terms of its source, which is suspected to be deposits from wildfires. The consequent extinctions of species are regarded as possibly making the current nuclear winter scenarios too optimistic.

  3. An endoparasitoid Cretaceous fly and the evolution of parasitoidism

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    Zhang, Qingqing; Zhang, Junfeng; Feng, Yitao; Zhang, Haichun; Wang, Bo

    2016-02-01

    Parasitoidism is a key innovation in insect evolution, and parasitoid insects, nowadays, play a significant role in structuring ecological communities. Despite their diversity and ecological impact, little is known about the early evolution and ecology of parasitoid insects, especially parasitoid true flies (Diptera). Here, we describe a bizarre fly, Zhenia xiai gen. et sp. nov., from Late Cretaceous Burmese amber (about 99 million years old) that represents the latest occurrence of the family Eremochaetidae. Z. xiai is an endoparasitoid insect as evidenced by a highly developed, hypodermic-like ovipositor formed by abdominal tergites VIII + IX that was used for injecting eggs into hosts and enlarged tridactylous claws supposedly for clasping hosts. Our results suggest that eremochaetids are among the earliest definite records of parasitoid insects. Our findings reveal an unexpected morphological specialization of flies and broaden our understanding of the evolution and diversity of ancient parasitoid insects.

  4. Geodynamic investigation of a Cretaceous superplume in the Pacific ocean

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    Xue, Jing; King, Scott D.

    2016-08-01

    The similarity in both age and geochemistry of the Ontong-Java, Hikurangi, and Manihiki plateaus suggests that they formed as a single superplateau from a unique mantle source. We investigate the necessity of a thermal superplume to form the Great Ontong-Java plateau at about 120 Ma using 3D spherical models of convection with imposed plate reconstruction models. The numerical simulations show that the giant plateau which formed as a result of melting due to the interaction of a plume head and the lithosphere would have been divided into smaller plateaus by spreading ridges, and end up at the present locations of Ontong-Java, Manihiki, and Hikurangi plateaus as well as a fragment in the western Caribbean. By comparing temperature and melt fraction between models with and without an initial thermal superplume, we propose that a Cretaceous superplume in Pacific at 120 Ma is required to form large igneous plateaus.

  5. Late Cretaceous terrestrial vegetation: A near-polar temperature curve

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    Totman Parrish, Judith; Spicer, Robert A.

    1988-01-01

    Quantitative estimates of terrestrial paleotemperatures near the North Pole were derived from the physiognomy of the vegetation, including leaf-margin analysis, from rocks of latest Albian and Late Cretaceous age of the North Slope of Alaska. During the latest Albian and Cenomanian, mean annual temperature was approximately 10 ±3 °C. During the Coniacian, mean annual temperature may have been 2-3 °C warmer than during the Albian-Cenomanian but no higher than 13 °C. During the Campanian and Maastrichtian, mean annual temperature would have been about 2-8 °C. Although the ranges for the individual estimates overlap, differences among the floras indicate that the relative changes in mean annual temperature did occur.

  6. Late Cretaceous terrestrial vegetation: a near-polar temperature curve

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    Parrish, J.T.; Spicer, R.A.

    1988-01-01

    Quantitative estimates of terrestrial paleotemperatures near the North Pole were derived from the physiognomy of the vegetation, including leaf-margin analysis, from rocks of latest Albian and Late Cretaceous age of the North Slope of Alaska. During the latest Albian and Cenomanian, mean annual temperature was approximately 10 +/- 3/sup 0/C. During the Coniacian, mean annual temperature may have been 2-3/sup 0/C warmer than during the Albian-Cenomanian but no higher than 13/sup 0/C. During the Campanian and Maastrichtian, mean annual temperature would have been about 2-8/sup 0/C. Although the ranges for the individual estimates overlap, differences among the floras indicate that the relative changes in mean annual temperature did occur.

  7. Proxy Constraints on a Warm, Fresh Late Cretaceous Arctic Ocean

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    Super, J. R.; Li, H.; Pagani, M.; Chin, K.

    2015-12-01

    The warm Late Cretaceous is thought to have been characterized by open Arctic Ocean temperatures upwards of 15°C (Jenkyns et al., 2004). The high temperatures and low equator-to-pole temperature gradient have proven difficult to reproduce in paleoclimate models, with the role of the atmospheric hydrologic cycle in heat transport being particularly uncertain. Here, sediments, coprolites and fish teeth of Santonian-Campanian age from two high-latitude mixed terrestrial and marine sections on Devon Island in the Canadian High Arctic (Chin et al., 2008) were analyzed using a suite of organic and inorganic proxies to evaluate the temperature and salinity of Arctic seawater. Surface temperature estimates were derived from TEX86 estimates of near-shore, shallow (~100 meters depth) marine sediments (Witkowski et al., 2011) and MBT-CBT estimates from terrestrial intervals and both suggest mean annual temperatures of ~20°C, consistent with previous estimates considering the more southerly location of Devon Island. The oxygen isotope composition of non-diagenetic phosphate from vertebrate coprolites and bony fish teeth were then measured, giving values ranging from +13‰ to +19‰. Assuming the TEX86 temperatures are valid and using the temperature calibration of Puceat 2010, the δ18O values of coprolites imply Arctic Ocean seawater δ18O values between -4‰ and -10‰, implying very fresh conditions. Lastly, the δD of precipitation will be estimated from the hydrogen isotope composition of higher plant leaf waxes (C-25, C-27, C-29 and C-31 n-alkanes) from both terrestrial and marine intervals. Data are used to model the salinity of seawater and the meteoric relationship between δD and δ18O, thereby helping to evaluate the northern high-latitude meteoric water line of the Late Cretaceous.

  8. Magnetic susceptibility correlations and detection of Milankovich cycles around Jurassic/Cretaceous boundary

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    Schnabl, Petr; Grabowski, J.; Man, Otakar; Márton, E.; Pruner, Petr

    s. l : IUGS Stratigraphic Subcommission of the Jurassic/ Cretaceous Boundary, 2010. s. 1-3. [ICS Workshop on the Jurassic- Cretaceous Boundary. 06.04.2010-09.04.2010, Smolenice] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA205/07/1365 Grant ostatní: Polish Ministry of Science and Education(PL) WEGRY/56/2007; Hungarian Scientific Research Fund OTKA(HU) K49616 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : magnetic susceptibility * Milankovich cycles * Jurassic/ Cretaceous boundary Subject RIV: DE - Earth Magnetism, Geodesy, Geography

  9. Outcrop Analysis of the Cretaceous Mesaverde Group: Jicarilla Apache Reservation, New Mexico

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    Ridgley, Jennie; Dunbar, Robin Wright

    2001-04-24

    Field work for this project was conducted during July and April 1998, at which time fourteen measured sections were described and correlated on or adjacent to Jicarilla Apache Reservation lands. A fifteenth section, described east of the main field area, is included in this report, although its distant location precluded use in the correlations and cross sections presented herein. Ground-based photo mosaics were shot for much of the exposed Mesaverde outcrop belt and were used to assist in correlation. Outcrop gamma-ray surveys at six of the fifteen measured sections using a GAD-6 scintillometer was conducted. The raw gamma-ray data are included in this report, however, analysis of those data is part of the ongoing Phase Two of this project.

  10. Cretaceous park of sex determination: sex chromosomes are conserved across iguanas.

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    Rovatsos, Michail; Pokorná, Martina; Altmanová, Marie; Kratochvíl, Lukáš

    2014-03-01

    Many poikilothermic vertebrate lineages, especially among amphibians and fishes, possess a rapid turnover of sex chromosomes, while in endotherms there is a notable stability of sex chromosomes. Reptiles in general exhibit variability in sex-determining systems; as typical poikilotherms, they might be expected to have a rapid turnover of sex chromosomes. However, molecular data which would enable the testing of the stability of sex chromosomes are lacking in most lineages. Here, we provide molecular evidence that sex chromosomes are highly conserved across iguanas, one of the most species-rich clade of reptiles. We demonstrate that members of the New World families Iguanidae, Tropiduridae, Leiocephalidae, Phrynosomatidae, Dactyloidae and Crotaphytidae, as well as of the family Opluridae which is restricted to Madagascar, all share homologous sex chromosomes. As our sampling represents the majority of the phylogenetic diversity of iguanas, the origin of iguana sex chromosomes can be traced back in history to the basal splitting of this group which occurred during the Cretaceous period. Iguanas thus show a stability of sex chromosomes comparable to mammals and birds and represent the group with the oldest sex chromosomes currently known among amniotic poikilothermic vertebrates. PMID:24598109

  11. Petrogenesis of early cretaceous silicic volcanism in SE Uruguay. The role of mantle and crustal sources

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    Early Cretaceous (∼129 Ma) silicic rocks crop out in SE Uruguay between the Laguna Merin and Santa Lucia basins in the Lascano, Sierra Sao Miguel, Salamanca and Minas areas. They are mostly rhyolites with minor quartz-trachytes and are nearly contemporaneous with the Parana-Etendeka igneous province and with the first stages of South Atlantic Ocean opening. A strong geochemical variability (particularly evident from Rb/Nb, Nb/Y trace element ratios) and a wide range of Sr-Nd isotopic ratios (143Nd/144Nd(129)=0.51178-0.51209; 87Sr/86Sr(129)=0.70840-0.72417) characterize these rocks. Geochemistry allows to distinguish two compositional groups, corresponding to the north-eastern (Lascano and Sierra Sao Miguel, emplaced on the Neo-Proterozoic southern sector of the Dom Feliciano mobile belt) and south-eastern localities (Salamanca, Minas, emplaced on the much older (Archean) Nico Perez terrane or on the boundary between the Dom Feliciano and Nico Perez terranes). These compositional differences between the two groups are explained by variable mantle source and crust contributions. The origin of the silicic magmas is best explained by complex processes involving assimilation and fractional crystallization and mixing of a basaltic magma with upper crustal lithologies, for Lascano and Sierra Sao Miguel rhyolites. In the Salamanca and Minas rocks genesis, a stronger contribution from lower crust is indicated. (author)

  12. A Fish-Eating Enantiornithine Bird from the Early Cretaceous of China Provides Evidence of Modern Avian Digestive Features.

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    Wang, Min; Zhou, Zhonghe; Sullivan, Corwin

    2016-05-01

    Modern birds differ from their theropod ancestors in lacking teeth and heavily constructed bony jaws, having evolved a lightly built beak and a specialized digestive system capable of processing unmasticated food [1, 2]. Enantiornithes, the most successful clade of Mesozoic birds, represents the sister group of the Ornithuromorpha, which gave rise to living birds [3]. Nevertheless, the feeding habits of enantiornithines have remained unknown because of a lack of fossil evidence. In contrast, exceptionally preserved fossils reveal that derived avian features were present in the digestive systems of some non-enantiornithine birds with ages exceeding 125 million years [4, 5]. Here, we report a new piscivorous enantiornithine from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of China. This specimen preserves a gastric pellet that includes fish bones. The new enantiornithine, like many modern piscivores and raptors, seems to have swallowed its prey whole and regurgitated indigestible materials such as bones, invertebrate exoskeletons, scales, and feathers. This fossil represents the oldest unambiguous record of an avian gastric pellet and the only such record from the Mesozoic. The pellet points to a fish diet and suggests that the alimentary tract of the new enantiornithine resembled that of extant avians in having efficient antiperistalsis and a two-chambered stomach with a muscular gizzard capable of compacting indigestible matter into a cohesive pellet. The inferred occurrence of these advanced features in an enantiornithine implies that they were widespread in Cretaceous birds and likely facilitated dietary diversification within both Enantiornithes and Ornithuromorpha. PMID:27133872

  13. Vertebrate paleontological exploration of the Upper Cretaceous succession in the Dakhla and Kharga Oases, Western Desert, Egypt

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    Sallam, Hesham M.; O'Connor, Patrick M.; Kora, Mahmoud; Sertich, Joseph J. W.; Seiffert, Erik R.; Faris, Mahmoud; Ouda, Khaled; El-Dawoudi, Iman; Saber, Sara; El-Sayed, Sanaa

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    The Campanian and Maastrichtian stages are very poorly documented time intervals in Africa's record of terrestrial vertebrate evolution. Upper Cretaceous deposits exposed in southern Egypt, near the Dakhla and Kharga Oases in the Western Desert, preserve abundant vertebrate fossils in nearshore marine environments, but have not yet been the focus of intensive collection and description. Our recent paleontological work in these areas has resulted in the discovery of numerous new vertebrate fossil-bearing localities within the middle Campanian Qusier Formation and the upper Campanian-lower Maastrichtian Duwi Formation. Fossil remains recovered from the Campanian-aged Quseir Formation include sharks, rays, actinopterygian and sarcopterygian fishes, turtles, and rare terrestrial archosaurians, including some of the only dinosaurs known from this interval on continental Africa. The upper Campanian/lower Maastrichtian Duwi Formation preserves sharks, sawfish, actinopterygians, and marine reptiles (mosasaurs and plesiosaurs). Notably absent from these collections are representatives of Mammalia and Avialae, both of which remain effectively undocumented in the Upper Cretaceous rocks of Africa and Arabia. New age constraints on the examined rock units is provided by 23 nannofossil taxa, some of which are reported from the Duwi Formation for the first time. Fossil discoveries from rock units of this age are essential for characterizing the degree of endemism that may have developed as the continent became increasingly tectonically isolated from the rest of Gondwana, not to mention for fully evaluating origin and diversification hypotheses of major modern groups of vertebrates (e.g., crown birds, placental mammals).

  14. Spectroscopic studies of the fish fossils (Cladocyclus gardneri and Vinctifer comptoni) from the Ipubi Formation of the Cretaceous Period

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    Sousa Filho, F. E.; da Silva, J. H.; Saraiva, G. D.; Abagaro, B. T. O.; Barros, O. A.; Saraiva, A. A. F.; Viana, B. C.; Freire, P. T. C.

    2016-03-01

    Fossils are mineralized remains or traces from animals, plants and other organisms aged to about 108 years. The chemical processes of fossilization are dated back from old geological periods on Earth. The understanding of these processes and the structure of the fossils are one of the goals of paleontology and geology in the sedimentary environments. Many researches have tried to unveil details about special kinds of biological samples; however, a lack of data is noticed for various other specimens. This study reports the investigations through infrared spectroscopy, X-ray fluorescence and X-ray diffraction measurements for two types of fish fossils from the Cretaceous Period. The sample of Cladocyclus gardneri and Vinctifer comptoni fossils were collected from the Ipubi Formation, being one of the less studied, among the formations that constitute the important Santana group in the Araripe Basin, Brazil. The results obtained through different techniques, showed that the C. gardneri fish fossil contains hydroxyapatite and calcite as constituents whereas its rock matrix was formed by calcite, quartz and pyrite. Regarding the V. comptoni, the measurements confirmed the presence of hydroxyapatite in the fossil and its rock matrix gypsum, pyrite, quartz and calcite. The above scientific data contributed to the understanding the fossil formation in the Ipubi Formation, an important environment of the Cretaceous Period, which is rich in well-preserved fossils from different species.

  15. The Skælskør structure in eastern Denmark – wrench-related anticline or primary Late Cretaceous sea-floor topography?

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    Surlyk, Finn; Boldreel, Lars Ole; Lykke-Andersen, Holger;

    2010-01-01

    seismic studies of the Chalk Group in Øresund and Kattegat have shown that similar highs actually represent topographic highs on the Late Cretaceous – Danian seafloor formed by strong contourparallel bottom currents. Reflection seismic data collected over the Skælskør structure in order to test the...... Ringkøbing Fyn High into the Danish Basin. The elevated position is maintained due to reduced subsidence as compared with the Danish Basin north of the high. The hypothesis of wrench tectonics as origin can be refuted. The seismic data show that the upper part of the Chalk Group is characterised by irregular...

  16. Detailed Provenance Analysis Constrains Variations in Basin-Wide Deposition Trends And Source Area Uplift: The Late Cretaceous Nanaimo Basin, Southwest British Columbia, Canada

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    Mustard, P.; Mahoney, B.; Haggart, J.; Kimbrough, D.; Grove, M.; Fanning, M.

    2007-05-01

    The Upper Cretaceous Nanaimo Group accumulated in a peripheral foreland basin on the Insular Superterrane in southwestern British Columbia. Detailed facies studies, paleontologic control and regional provenance analysis facilitate reconstruction of basin depositional architecture. Basin subsidence began in Turonian time in response to contractional crustal thickening in the southern Coast Belt and Cascade Range to the east and southeast. Initial sedimentation was diachronous, with non-marine, marginal marine, and shallow marine deposition on a complex paleotopography having local relief >100m. Most clastic detritus was locally derived, but the presence of syndepositional Late Cretaceous zircon indicates rapid unroofing of the arc system on the eastern basin margin. Subsidence dramatically increased in late Santonian -early Campanian time, resulting in progradation of submarine fan lobes west across the basin. Santonian to Maastrichtian sedimentation produced thick successions (>3 km) of complexly intertonguing fan lobes resulting from episodic sediment flux. Predominance of volcanoplutonic debris and paleocurrent data indicate derivation from the Coast Plutonic Complex to the east. Syndepositional detrital zircon throughout the section suggests strong coupling between rapid orogenic exhumation and basin subsidence. By early Campanian time, however, the main continental arc system was locally breached by one or more large rivers, and extraregional sediment from distal back arc regions prograded westward into the basin. Significant (locally >50%) Precambrian detrital zircon from uplift of the Belt Supergroup to the east are mixed with Jura-Cretaceous grains of the Coast Plutonic Complex. Contribution from eastern sources peaked in late Campanian time, reflected by conspicuous quartzite pebbles and cobbles. By Maastrichtian time, the Precambrian component was significantly diluted due to a major pulse of plutonic detritus from final unroofing of the Cretaceous arc

  17. Undivided Upper Cretaceous deposits in the Kaiparowits Plateau, southern Utah (kaibkd*g)

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This is a polygon coverage and shapefile that contains undivided Upper Cretaceous rocks that include (in descending order) the Smoky Hollow and Tibbet Canyon Mbs....

  18. The mid-Cretaceous North Atlantic nutrient trap : black shales and OAEs.

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    Organic-rich sediments are the salient marine sedimentation product in the mid-Cretaceous of the ocean basins formed in the Mesozoic. Oceanic anoxic events (OAEs) are discrete and particularly organic-rich intervals within these mid-Cretaceous organic-rich sequences and are defined by pronounced carbon isotope excursions. Marine productivity during OAEs appears to have been enhanced by the increased availability of biolimiting nutrients in seawater due to hydrothermal alteration of submarine ...

  19. The mid-Cretaceous North Atlantic nutrient trap: black shales and OAEs

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    Trabucho Alexandre, J.; Tuenter, E.; Henstra, G. A.; Zwan, C.J. van der; van de Wal, R.S.W.; Dijkstra, H. A.; Boer, P.L. de

    2010-01-01

    Organic-rich sediments are the salient marine sedimentation product in the mid-Cretaceous of the ocean basins formed in the Mesozoic. Oceanic anoxic events (OAEs) are discrete and particularly organic-rich intervals within these mid-Cretaceous organic-rich sequences and are defined by pronounced carbon isotope excursions. Marine productivity during OAEs appears to have been enhanced by the increased availability of biolimiting nutrients in seawater due to hydrothermal alteration of submarine ...

  20. Early Cretaceous mammal from North America and the evolution of marsupial dental characters.

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    A mammal from the Early Cretaceous of the western United States, represented by a lower jaw exceptional in its completeness, presents unambiguous evidence of postcanine dental formula in an Early Cretaceous marsupial-like mammal, and prompts a reconsideration of the early evolution of marsupial dental characters. A marsupial postcanine dental formula (three premolars and four molars) and several marsupial-like features of the lower molars are present in the new taxon, but a hallmark specializ...

  1. First Psocodean (Psocodea,Empheriidae) from the Cretaceous Amber of New Jersey

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    Dany AZAR; André NEL; Julian F.PETRULEVI(C)IUS

    2010-01-01

    Representatives of the extinct psocid family Empheriidae are known from Eocene Baltic amber,Lowermost Eocene French amber (Oise),and Lower Cretaceous Spanish amber (Alava).We report herein the first discovery of an empheriid psocid from the Cretaceous amber of New Jersey as Jerseyempheria grimaldii gen.et sp.nov.The fossil is figured and described.The new species is distinguished from related taxa.A discussion and checklist of Empheriidae are provided.

  2. Palynological evidence of effects of the terminal Cretaceous event on terrestrial floras in western North America

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    Nichols, Douglas J.; Farley Fleming, R.; Frederiksen, Norman O.

    New and previously published palynomorph distribution data on 225 taxa from uppermost Cretaceous (K) and lowermost Tertiary (T) nonmarine strata from New Mexico to Arctic Canada and Alaska were used to evaluate the effects of the terminal Cretaceous event (TCE) on terrestrial plant life. Analyses considered presence/absence, relative abundance, species diversity, and endemism, and employed Q-mode cluster analysis. The latest Cretaceous palynoflora showed gradual, continuous variation in composition from paleolatitudes (pl) 45° to 85° N. Palynofloristic subprovinces are not easily distinguished empirically, but three are recognizable quantitatively. Abrupt disappearance of many distinctive species marked the K-T boundary, and the earliest Tertiary palynoflora was considerably reduced in diversity. However, most regionally distributed taxa, and many endemic taxa of the polar and midlatitude subprovinces, survived the TCE and three subprovinces are recognizable in the same geographic positions as in the latest Cretaceous. Relative abundances of pteridophytes and gymnosperms were slightly greater in the early Tertiary than in the latest Cretaceous, probably due in part to change in sedimentary regime, but thermophilic angiosperm taxa persisted at least as far north as pl 60° N. These data support the hypothesis that a short-lived but profound ecological crisis at the end of the Cretaceous resulted in major reorganization of the flora. The data are inconsistent with gradual climatic deterioration. Extinction was greater among angiosperms than among gymnosperms or pteridophytes, but whether or not the entire flora suffered a mass extinction remains debatable.

  3. A new troodontid theropod dinosaur from the lower Cretaceous of Utah.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The theropod dinosaur family Troodontidae is known from the Upper Jurassic, Lower Cretaceous, and Upper Cretaceous of Asia and from the Upper Jurassic and Upper Cretaceous of North America. Before now no undisputed troodontids from North America have been reported from the Early Cretaceous. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Herein we describe a theropod maxilla from the Lower Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation of Utah and perform a phylogenetic analysis to determine its phylogenetic position. The specimen is distinctive enough to assign to a new genus and species, Geminiraptor suarezarum. Phylogenetic analysis places G. suarezarum within Troodontidae in an unresolved polytomy with Mei, Byronosaurus, Sinornithoides, Sinusonasus, and Troodon+(Saurornithoides+Zanabazar. Geminiraptor suarezarum uniquely exhibits extreme pneumatic inflation of the maxilla internal to the antorbital fossa such that the anterior maxilla has a triangular cross-section. Unlike troodontids more closely related to Troodon, G. suarezarum exhibits bony septa between the dental alveoli and a promaxillary foramen that is visible in lateral view. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: This is the first report of a North American troodontid from the Lower Cretaceous. It therefore contributes to a fuller understanding of troodontid biogeography through time. It also adds to the known dinosaurian fauna of the Cedar Mountain Formation.

  4. Magnetostratigraphic correlation of the Upper Cretaceous System in the North Pacific

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    Kodama, K.

    2003-06-01

    Magnetostratigraphic data for Upper Cretaceous sedimentary strata in widely separated regions of the North Pacific, including Japan, Far East Russia and western North America, are reviewed in terms of calibration to the geomagnetic polarity time scale and regional correlation. A series of normal and reversed polarity zones are recognized in the Upper Cretaceous strata in Shikoku and Hokkaido, Japan, and South Sakhalin, Far East Russia. Combined magnetostratigraphic and biostratigraphic correlation has assigned these zones to the Late Cretaceous geomagnetic polarity chrons including C31r through C33r and the Cretaceous long normal interval. Corresponding geomagnetic reversals have been documented from the Upper Cretaceous successions of the Western Interior of North America, in combination with high-resolution ammonite biostratigraphy and radiometric age dates. Biostratigraphy of the Great Valley Sequence in California is also well-defined, but there is only one reversed interval that can be correlated with polarity chron C33r. The most complete record of polarity reversals in South Sakhalin would provide an integrated reference scheme which can be of significant use not only to correlate dissimilar faunal assemblages of disparate regions in the North Pacific, but also to contribute to a global definition of Upper Cretaceous stage boundaries.

  5. The Cretaceous and Cenozoic tectonic evolution of Southeast Asia

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    Zahirovic, S.; Seton, M.; Müller, R. D.

    2014-04-01

    Tectonic reconstructions of Southeast Asia have given rise to numerous controversies that include the accretionary history of Sundaland and the enigmatic tectonic origin of the proto-South China Sea. We assimilate a diversity of geological and geophysical observations into a new regional plate model, coupled to a global model, to address these debates. Our approach takes into account terrane suturing and accretion histories, the location of subducted slabs imaged in mantle tomography in order to constrain the evolution of regional subduction zones, as well as plausible absolute and relative plate velocities and tectonic driving mechanisms. We propose a scenario of rifting from northern Gondwana in the latest Jurassic, driven by northward slab pull from north-dipping subduction of Tethyan crust beneath Eurasia, to detach East Java, Mangkalihat, southeast Borneo and West Sulawesi blocks that collided with a Tethyan intra-oceanic subduction zone in the mid-Cretaceous and subsequently accreted to the Sunda margin (i.e., southwest Borneo core) in the Late Cretaceous. In accounting for the evolution of plate boundaries, we propose that the Philippine Sea plate originated on the periphery of Tethyan crust forming this northward conveyor. We implement a revised model for the Tethyan intra-oceanic subduction zones to reconcile convergence rates, changes in volcanism and the obduction of ophiolites. In our model the northward margin of Greater India collides with the Kohistan-Ladakh intra-oceanic arc at ∼53 Ma, followed by continent-continent collision closing the Shyok and Indus-Tsangpo suture zones between ∼42 and 34 Ma. We also account for the back-arc opening of the proto-South China Sea from ∼65 Ma, consistent with extension along east Asia and the formation of supra-subduction zone ophiolites presently found on the island of Mindoro. The related rifting likely detached the Semitau continental fragment from South China, which accreted to northern Borneo in the mid

  6. Skin of the Cretaceous mosasaur Plotosaurus: implications for aquatic adaptations in giant marine reptiles.

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    Lindgren, Johan; Alwmark, Carl; Caldwell, Michael W; Fiorillo, Anthony R

    2009-08-23

    The physical nature of water and the environment it presents to an organism have long been recognized as important constraints on aquatic adaptation and evolution. Little is known about the dermal cover of mosasauroids (a group of secondarily aquatic reptiles that occupied a wide array of predatory niches in the Cretaceous marine ecosystems 92-65 Myr ago), a lack of information that has hindered inferences about the nature and level of their aquatic adaptations. A newly discovered Plotosaurus skeleton with integument preserved in three dimensions represents not only the first documented squamation in a mosasaurine mosasaur but also the first record of skin in an advanced member of the Mosasauroidea. The dermal cover comprises keeled and possibly osteoderm-reinforced scales that presumably contributed to an anterior-posterior channelling of the water flow and a reduction of microturbulent burst activities along the surface of the skin. Thus, hydrodynamic requirements of life in the water might have influenced the evolution of multiple-keeled body scales in advanced mosasauroids. PMID:19364713

  7. Gymnosperms from the Early Cretaceous Crato Formation (Brazil. II. Cheirolepidiaceae

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    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Conifers are common in the Early Cretaceous Crato flora. Sterile foliage shoots of several morphotypes occur. Good preservation of several of these specimens allows detailed morphological and anatomical studies. Based on these characters, two taxa of Cheirolepidiaceae, Tomaxellia biforme and Frenelopsis sp., are identified. The palaeogeographic distribution of the genus Tomaxellia currently extends from southern South America northwards to the palaeoequatorial region. The morphological and anatomical characters of both taxa might be interpreted as adaptations to a warm and temporarily dry palaeoclimate, however their habitat can not be reconstructed yet, due to scarcity of the remains. Koniferen stellen eine wesentliche Komponente der unterkretazischen Crato-Flora dar. Es kommen sterile beblätterte Zweige verschiedener Morphotypen vor. Die gute Erhaltung einiger dieser Fossilreste lässt detaillierte morphologisch-anatomische Untersuchungen zu. Auf der Basis solcher Merkmale wurden zwei Taxa der Cheirolepidiaceae, Tomaxellia biforme und Frenelopsis sp., identifiziert. Das Areal der Gattung Tomaxellia wird damit vom südlichen Südamerika nordwärts, in die paläoäquatoriale Region erweitert. Morphologische und anatomische Merkmale beider Taxa können als Anpassungserscheinungen an ein warmes und periodisch trockenes Paläoklima interpretiert werden. Auf Grund des seltenen Vorkommens solcher Fossilreste können noch keine Angaben zu ihrem ehemaligen Habitat gemacht werden. doi:10.1002/mmng.200600009

  8. Wildfires and animal extinctions at the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary

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    Adair, Robert K.

    2010-06-01

    Persuasive models of the ejection of material at high velocities from the Chicxulub asteroid impact marking the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary have led to the conclusion that upon return, that material, heated in passage through the upper atmosphere, generated a high level of infrared energy density over the Earth's surface. That radiant energy has been considered to be a direct source of universal wildfires, which were presumed to be a major cause of plant and animal species extinctions. The extinction of many animal species, especially the dinosaurs, has also been attributed to the immediate lethal effects of the radiation. I find that the absorption of the radiation by the atmosphere, by cloud formations, and by ejecta drifting in the lower atmosphere reduced the radiation at the surface to a level that cannot be expected to have generated universal fires. Although the reduced radiation will have likely caused severe injuries to many animals, such insults alone seem unlikely to have generated the overall species extinctions that have been deduced.

  9. Turkana Grits - a Cretaceous braided alluvial system in northern Kenya

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    Handford, C.R.

    1987-05-01

    Rather spotty but excellent exposures of the Cretaceous-age Turkana Grits occur near the western shore of Lake Turkana, northern Kenya. These very coarse to pebbly arkosic sandstones and sandy conglomerates were derived from and rest unconformably upon Precambrian metamorphic basement; they are overlain by late Tertiary basaltic flows that comprise much of the volcanics in the East African Rift Zone. The formation ranges up to 2000 ft thick in the Laburr Range. Several outcrops contain sauropod, crocodile, and tortoise remains as well as abundant trunks of petrified wood (Dryoxylon). Five major facies make up the Turkana Grits and record a major episode of continental fluvial deposition in basins flanked by Precambrian basement. Facies 1 is crudely stratified, cobble and boulder conglomerate (clast-supported); Facies 2 is crudely stratified pebble-cobble conglomerate and pebbly sandstone; Facies 3 is trough cross-bedded, very coarse sandstones containing fossils wood and vertebrate remains; Facies 4 is crudely stratified to massive sandstones with ironstone nodules; and Facies 5 is red, purple, and gray mudstone and mud shale with carbonate nodules. Facies 1 through 3 record deposition in proximal to medial braided-stream channel, longitudinal bar and dune complexes. Facies 4 is a lowland, hydromorphic paleosol, and Facies 5 represents overbank and abandoned channel-fill sedimentation in an alluvial plain.

  10. First report on Cretaceous paleoweathering rates in western Panthalassa: Evidence of global enhancement of continental weathering during OAE 2

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    Ohta, T.

    2013-12-01

    Mid-Cretaceous is characterized by intensified oceanic anoxia (Oceanic Anoxic Events: OAEs) that raised global deposition of organic black shales. Several models have been proposed to explain the cause of the OAEs in conjunction with Cretaceous global warmth, active volcanism, sea-level changes and others. For example, Weissert et al. (1998) proposed a mechanism called 'weathering hypothesis'. In this model, the cause of the OAEs is explained in a following chain reaction, (1) global warmth and increase in atmospheric CO2 enhanced weathering of continental crust, (2) enhanced land weathering led excessive influx of nutrients from continents to oceans, (3) eutrophication enhanced primary productivity, (4) the excessive primary producers consumed dissolved oceanic oxygen that finally led to the OAEs. Several studies, in fact, revealed a causal relation between enhanced weathering and OAEs in northern Tethys region. However, it is necessary to collect worldwide information to unravel the global response of weathering hypothesis as a cause of OAEs. For such reason, the present contribution conducted measurements of the degree of hinterland paleoweathering during OAEs in northern Japan, for the purpose to provide a first report on the relation between continental weathering and OAEs in open ocean, the western Panthalassa Ocean. Aptian to Campanian forearc basin mudstones (Yezo Group) were analyzed by XRF and the degree of hinterland weathering was evaluated by geochemical weathering index (W index; Ohta and Arai, 2007). The W values obtained for the Yezo Group are 30~50, which is equivalent to the W values of recent soils developed in temperate mid-latitude climate. The W values show a fluctuation pattern that is concordant with the Cretaceous paleotemperature changes. This match indicates that the change in paleotemperature governed the weathering rates of East Asian continental crust. In addition, hinterland weathering rates show instantaneous increase during the OAE

  11. Euarchontan affinity of Paleocene Afro-European adapisoriculid mammals and their origin in the late Cretaceous Deccan Traps of India

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    Smith, Thierry; de Bast, Eric; Sigé, Bernard

    2010-04-01

    The controversial family Adapisoriculidae, a group of shrew-sized Paleocene mammals, had proposed relationships with insectivores, marsupials and more recently to plesiadapiforms. Adapisoriculid remains are numerous in the early Paleocene locality of Hainin, Belgium, and allow us a test of these different phylogenetic hypotheses. Here, we identify the first tarsal bones of adapisoriculid mammals. The highly specialised bones indicate an arboreal mode of life with euarchontan affinity. Moreover, the tarsal bones are morphologically very close to those of the late Cretaceous Deccanolestes from the Deccan intertrappean beds of India, and also share several characters with the Paleocene plesiadapiforms and the extant cynocephalid dermopterans. The adapisoriculid affinities of Deccanolestes are also confirmed by tooth morphology, indicating that Deccanolestes is a primitive member of this family. These phylogenetic affinities suggest a paleobiogeographic scenario for the family with dispersal either via East Africa or across the Tethys area.

  12. A New Leptoceratopsid (Ornithischia, Ceratopsia) with a Unique Ischium from the Upper Cretaceous of Shandong Province, China

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    He, Yiming; Makovicky, Peter J.; Wang, Kebai; Chen, Shuqing; Sullivan, Corwin; Han, Fenglu; Xu, Xing

    2015-01-01

    The partial skeleton of a leptoceratopsid dinosaur, Ischioceratops zhuchengensis gen. et sp. nov., was excavated from the bone-beds of the Upper Cretaceous Wangshi Group of Zhucheng, Shandong Province, China. This fossil represents the second leptoceratopsid dinosaur specimen recovered from the Kugou locality, a highly productive site in Zhucheng. The ischium of the new taxon is morphologically unique among known Dinosauria, flaring gradually to form an obturator process in its middle portion and resembling the shaft of a recurve bow. An elliptical fenestra perforates the obturator process, and the distal end of the shaft forms an axehead-shaped expansion. The discovery of Ischioceratops increases the known taxonomic diversity and morphological disparity of the Leptoceratopsidae. PMID:26701114

  13. Sr-Nd isotope changes of late cretaceous to early miocene volcanic rocks in central Chile (33oS)

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    A longitudinal depression, the Central Valley, separates the Coast Range from the Andean Cordillera in central Chile. It contains volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks of Late Cretaceous to Tertiary age deposited in a continental environment, and partly eroded Tertiary volcanic complexes. The age of the rocks at the northern end of the Central Valley and their grouping in formations have been a long-standing controversy in Chilean geology (Thomas, 1958; Aguirre, 1960; Drake et al., 1976; Vergara and Drake, 1979; Thiele, 1980; Moscoso et al., 1982; Gana and Wall, 1997; Lopez-Escobar and Vergara, 1997; Selles, 1999). Here, we report new 40Ar/39Ar data and Sr-Nd isotope ratios for lavas, pyroclastic flows and associated subvolcanic rocks from this part of central Chile (au)

  14. Biodiversity changes in Cretaceous palynofloras of eastern Asia and western North America

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    Nichols, D.J.

    2003-01-01

    Palynology has great potential for providing comparative data and interpretations about changes in biodiversity during the Cretaceous Period. This is especially true for both eastern Asia and western North America because of strong floristic similarities that existed between these regions during Cretaceous time. Also, because palynomorphs of terrestrial origin can be deposited in offshore as well as terrestrial environments, significant potential exists for marine-to-continental palynostratigraphic correlations in both regions. Palynological biostratigraphy can improve the geologic dating of changes in biodiversity. During the Early Cretaceous, eastern Asia and western North America lay within the Cerebropollenites palynofloral province, a circumpolar phytogeographic zone characterized by distinctive palynological assemblages. During most of the Late Cretaceous, these regions lay within the palynofloristically unique Aquilapollenites Province, which was more restricted geographically than the Cerebropollenites Province. The most important development during Cretaceous time that is reflected in palynological assemblages was the rise of the angiosperms as the numerically and ecologically dominant forms of vegetation. The most striking short-term palynofloral event in the two regions was the sudden disappearance of species of Aquilapollenites and associated genera at the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K/T) boundary. Both of these occurrences produced major changes in biodiversity in the terrestrial realm. Geologic research in International Geological Correlation Program Project 434 can benefit from applications of palynostratigraphy. Palynologic research within Project 434 could include development of a comprehensive palynostratigraphic zonation for the Cretaceous, the definition of regional palynostratigraphic datums, and investigation of the record of floral change at the K/T boundary. ?? 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. THE EARTH'S MAGNETIC FIELD AND GLOBAL GEOLOGIC PHENOMENA IN MID-CRETACEOUS%白垩纪中期地球磁场与全球地质现象

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    Xixi ZHAO

    2005-01-01

    , covering about one-third of the land area. Sea levels were up to 250 m higher than present day levels. Geological evidence also points towards an unusually high rate of volcanic activity in the mid-Cretaceous. Large volumes of magmatic material flowed to Earths surface from the mantle, and not just from the typical seafloor spreading. The "large igneous provinces" or LIPs made a very important contribution to the lithosphere during the mid-Cretaceous. Several LIPs such as the Ontong Java Plateau(120 Ma), the main portion of the Kerguelen Plateau(115~80 Ma), the Madagascar LIP(84~91Ma), the High Arctic LIP(85~95 Ma), and the Caribbean LIP(88~91 Ma)were all formed during this time. Carbon dioxide emissions released by the Cretaceous LIPs may have triggered two to seven oceanic anoxic events(OAEs) and led to a greenhouse effect that raised the Earths surface temperature by roughly 10 degrees Celsius, reduced temperature gradients from the Equator to the poles, and resulted in general absence of polar ice caps and oceans much warmer than todays. The mid-Cretaceous was also a time of rapid radiation and turnover in the marine plankton, benthic foraminifera, and terrestrial plants. This evolutionary activity transformed many of these groups on an ocean-wide basis. The reorganization of the global biosphere during the mid-Cretaceous paralleled the marked changes in the ocean-climate system, suggesting a causal relationship between biotic evolution and environments. Other geologic anomalies associated with the mid-Cretaceous thermal activity include the extremely high development of the Earths diamond bearing kimberlites in mid-East and South Africa and markedly reduced(less radiogenic)seawater strontium isotope ratio(87Sr/86Sr). A key piece in the mid-Cretaceous geologic phenomena is the Cretaceous Normal Superchron. This is a period in which Earths magnetic field was uncharacteristically steady that did not switch from normal to reversed polarity for about

  16. A New Subfamily of Aphids(Hemiptera,Aphidomorpha)from the Early Cretaceous Lebanese Amber with a Description of the Oldest Apterous Morphs

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    Piotr WEGIEREK; David A.GRIMALDI

    2010-01-01

    Aphids are marked by their high polymorphism,but species reported from the Early Cretaceous are known only from alate morphs.The discovery of an apterous adult morph in Lebanese amber and a larva of the same species are very important for the understanding of both the morphological and biological evolution of this insect group at the very early stage of development.Gondvanoaphis estephani new subfamily,new genus and species of the recent aphids family Thelaxidae is described.The characters of the new genus in respect to other genera placed in Thelaxidae are reviewed.The palaeoecologicai and palaeogeographical data concerning Gondvanoaphis new genus are also discussed.

  17. Reidentification of avian embryonic remains from the cretaceous of mongolia.

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    Full Text Available Embryonic remains within a small (4.75 by 2.23 cm egg from the Late Cretaceous, Mongolia are here re-described. High-resolution X-ray computed tomography (HRCT was used to digitally prepare and describe the enclosed embryonic bones. The egg, IGM (Mongolian Institute for Geology, Ulaanbaatar 100/2010, with a three-part shell microstructure, was originally assigned to Neoceratopsia implying extensive homoplasy among eggshell characters across Dinosauria. Re-examination finds the forelimb significantly longer than the hindlimbs, proportions suggesting an avian identification. Additional, postcranial apomorphies (strut-like coracoid, cranially located humeral condyles, olecranon fossa, slender radius relative to the ulna, trochanteric crest on the femur, and ulna longer than the humerus identify the embryo as avian. Presence of a dorsal coracoid fossa and a craniocaudally compressed distal humerus with a strongly angled distal margin support a diagnosis of IGM 100/2010 as an enantiornithine. Re-identification eliminates the implied homoplasy of this tri-laminate eggshell structure, and instead associates enantiornithine birds with eggshell microstructure composed of a mammillary, squamatic, and external zones. Posture of the embryo follows that of other theropods with fore- and hindlimbs folded parallel to the vertebral column and the elbow pointing caudally just dorsal to the knees. The size of the egg and embryo of IGM 100/2010 is similar to the two other Mongolian enantiornithine eggs. Well-ossified skeletons, as in this specimen, characterize all known enantiornithine embryos suggesting precocial hatchlings, comparing closely to late stage embryos of modern precocial birds that are both flight- and run-capable upon hatching. Extensive ossification in enantiornithine embryos may contribute to their relatively abundant representation in the fossil record. Neoceratopsian eggs remain unrecognized in the fossil record.

  18. Paleogeography of Cretaceous ammonoids of the Pacific coast of Russia

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    Jagt-Yazykova, E. A.; Zonova, T. D.

    2012-05-01

    This work presents the results of a study of the biogeographical distribution of Late Albian-Maastrichtian ammonites, found in sequences of the Pacific coast of Russia. The taxa typical of the Pacific Realm were identified, and their distribution traced beyond the borders of this region. In addition, species-migrants, distributed within the studied area were established. As a results of our works, a high level of endemism of ammonite fauna of the East of Russia was noted (75-88% of endemic species, on average). The bipolarity, previously established in the distribution of ammonoids within the Pacific Paleobiogeographical Realm, as well as their high regional provincialism, was confirmed. The following division of the studied area into faunal ammonite provinces in the Late Cretaceous was proposed: Arctic Province; Boreal-Pacific Province, including northeastern Russia (Chukotka Peninsula, the Koryak Upland, Penzhyna Gulf) and the boreal coast of North America (Alaska Peninsula, Arctic Canada and British Columbia); Northwest Pacific Province, including the Primorye Territory, Sakhalin and Shikotan Islands, the Japanese Islands; Northeast Province of the Pacific (the western coast of the United States and Mexico); Southwest Pacific (Australia, New Zealand, Oceania) and Southeast (the western coast of South America and Antarctica, Seymour and James Ross Islands) Provinces. This division is confirmed by data on inoceramid species. In addition, levels of global transgressions and general sea level rise, associated with the appearances of most of widespread marine taxa in the Pacific shelf seas, are established. These include Late Albian, Cenomanian-Turonian boundary, Late Coniacian, Late Campanian, Early-Late Maastrichtian boundary. Moreover, migration of ammonites occurred due to the Tethys Ocean extension and followed the northern sea straits in the Arctic Ocean and within the Pacific Realm, depending on warm currents. Both the counter and one-way migrations were

  19. Os isotope systematics in the cretaceous potassic rocks from Brazil

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    Mafic potassic rocks of the Alto Paranaiba, Juina, Paranatinga, and Pimenta Bueno Provinces were studied by isotope geochemistry in order to understand the characteristics of the magma sources. These Cretaceous provinces belong to a large (approximately 2500 km) lineament of alkaline rocks (mafic and more evolved lithotypes) that crosses from the western to southeastern part of Brazil, and has been associated with a mantle plume activity (Gibson et al. 1995, Bizzi et al. 1994). The Alto Paranaiba Province intruded the Neoproterozic Brasilia Mobile Belt bounded by the Parana Basin and the Sao Francisco Craton. The lithotypes of the province correspond to kamafugites, kimberlites, and carbonatites (Gibson et al. 1995; Araujo 2000). The majority of radiometric ages for the Alto Paranaiba cluster between 80-90 Ma (Sonoki and Garda 1988; Gibson et al. 1995). The Paranatinga Province is located near the southern border of the Amazonic Craton, and is underlain by the Neoproterozoic Paraguay Mobile belt and the Mesoproterozoic Rio-Negro Mobile Belt (Teixeira et al. 1998; Costa 1997). At shallow levels, the kimberlites intrude into sedimentary rocks and sediments related to the cratonic cover (Heaman et al. 1998). U/Pb zircon ages of 123-126 Ma were obtained for the intrusions (Heaman et al. 1998; Crough et al. 1980). The kimberlites of the Juina Province, at the northern border of the Paleozoic Parecis Basin, like the Paranatinga Province, intruded the Mesoproterozoic Rio-Negro Juruena Belt (Teixeira et al. 1998). U/Pb zircon ages of 92-95 Ma were obtained for the intrusions by Heaman et al. 1998. The Pimenta Bueno Province, which is located in eastern Rondonia State, is poorly known. The province intruded through the Mesoproterozoic Rio- Negro Juruena Belt. The kimberlitic mineral assemblage in the area was previously reported by Svisero et al. (1983) (au)

  20. Molybdenum drawdown during Cretaceous Oceanic Anoxic Event 2

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    Goldberg, Tatiana; Poulton, Simon W.; Wagner, Thomas; Kolonic, Sadat F.; Rehkämper, Mark

    2016-04-01

    During the Cretaceous greenhouse, episodes of widespread ocean deoxygenation were associated with globally occurring events of black shale deposition. Possibly the most pronounced of these oceanic anoxic events (OAE's) was the Cenomanian-Turonian OAE2 (∼94 Ma). However, although certain redox sensitive trace metals tend to be preferentially sequestered in sediments deposited under anoxic conditions, with Mo drawdown being specifically prone to euxinic settings, these elements are generally somewhat depleted in sediments deposited during OAE2. To understand the driving factors responsible for this depleted trace metal drawdown, we have studied a low latitude section from the proto-North Atlantic Ocean (Tarfaya S57), where existing biomarker and iron-sulphur data point to a dominantly euxinic water column, with periodic transitions to ferruginous (Fe-rich) water column conditions. We utilise a variety of redox proxies (Fe-speciation, redox sensitive trace metals and Mo isotopes), which, in combination, allows us to evaluate the detailed nature of ocean redox conditions and hence controls on trace metal drawdown. The results suggest that seawater δ98Mo values may have ranged between ∼0.6 and 1.1‰ during OAE2, likely connected to changes in the local Mo reservoir as a consequence of low and probably heterogeneous concentrations of Mo in the ocean. The very low Mo/TOC ratios at Tarfaya and elsewhere in the proto-North Atlantic may support a model in which deep-water circulation was partially restricted within and between the North Atlantic and other ocean basins. We propose that the combination of a low and possibly heterogeneous δ98Mo of seawater Mo, together with low Mo/TOC ratios, points to a large decrease in the global oceanic Mo reservoir during OAE2, reflecting a major global scale increase in Mo drawdown under persistent euxinic conditions.

  1. The global Cretaceous-Tertiary fire: Biomass or fossil carbon

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    Gilmour, Iain; Guenther, Frank

    The global soot layer at the K-T boundary indicates a major fire triggered by meteorite impact. However, it is not clear whether the principal fuel was biomass or fossil carbon. Forests are favored by delta value of C-13, which is close to the average for trees, but the total amount of elemental C is approximately 10 percent of the present living carbon, and thus requires very efficient conversion to soot. The PAH was analyzed at Woodside Creek, in the hope of finding a diagnostic molecular marker. A promising candidate is 1-methyl-7-isopropyl phenanthrene (retene,), which is probably derived by low temperature degradation of abietic acid. Unlike other PAH that form by pyrosynthesis at higher temperatures, retene has retained the characteristic side chains of its parent molecule. A total of 11 PAH compounds were identified in the boundary clay. Retene is present in substantial abundance. The identification was confirmed by analysis of a retene standard. Retene is characteristic of the combustion of resinous higher plants. Its formation depends on both temperature and oxygen access, and is apparently highest in oxygen-poor fires. Such fires would also produce soot more efficiently which may explain the high soot abundance. The relatively high level of coronene is not typical of a wood combustion source, however, though it can be produced during high temperature pyrolysis of methane, and presumably other H, C-containing materials. This would require large, hot, low O2 zones, which may occur only in very large fires. The presence of retene indicates that biomass was a significant fuel source for the soot at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary. The total amount of elemental C produced requires a greater than 3 percent soot yield, which is higher than typically observed for wildfires. However, retene and presumably coronene imply limited access of O2 and hence high soot yield.

  2. (Very) long wavelength deformations of Africa since late Cretaceous times

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    Guillocheau, Francois; The Topoafrica Working Group

    2014-05-01

    The African continent is characterized by a bimodal topography. The 900-1100m elevation peak mainly corresponds to the Southern African (Kalahari Plateau) and the East African Domes, whereas the 300-400 m peak is the mean elevation of the Sahara. Those reliefs are characterized by very long wavelength (x1000 km), similar to the scale of mantle dynamics. The origin of this relief, dynamic topography or more local controls (e.g. old lithospheric inheritance), are highly debated and more geological controls are required. To answer those questions - in the frame of the TopoAfrica project - we performed a geomorphical study of Africa coupled with the tectono-sedimentary study of the sedimentary basins or the magmatism. (1) Most of the African reliefs are younger than the Early-Middle Eocene (55-40 Ma). (2) The only significative old relief of Africa is the Southern African Plateau that experienced a two steps evolution, a first uplift during Late Cretaceous contemporaneous with high erosion under humid climatic conditions, followed by a second uplift during Late Eocene - Early Oligocene. The present-day arid to semi-arid climate could explain its preservation. (3) Most of Africa is uplifted during Miocene times (20-10 Ma), age of most of the present-day reliefs. (4) The African magmatic provinces (Virunga-Kivu, Cameroon Volcanic Line, Hoggar, Aïr…) are associated with local uplifts that started around Late Eocene times (40-35 Ma). The relationships of those reliefs with the migration of the African plate over the African superswell will be discussed.

  3. From nappe stacking to exhumation: Cretaceous tectonics in the Apuseni Mountains (Romania)

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    Reiser, Martin Kaspar; Schuster, Ralf; Spikings, Richard; Tropper, Peter; Fügenschuh, Bernhard

    2016-05-01

    New Ar-Ar muscovite and Rb-Sr biotite age data in combination with structural analyses from the Apuseni Mountains provide new constraints on the timing and kinematics of deformation during the Cretaceous. Time-temperature paths from the structurally highest basement nappe of the Apuseni Mountains in combination with sedimentary data indicate exhumation and a position close to the surface after the Late Jurassic emplacement of the South Apuseni Ophiolites. Early Cretaceous Ar-Ar muscovite ages from structurally lower parts in the Biharia Nappe System (Dacia Mega-Unit) show cooling from medium-grade conditions. NE-SW-trending stretching lineation and associated kinematic indicators of this deformation phase (D1) are overprinted by top-NW-directed thrusting during D2. An Albian to Turonian age (110-90 Ma) is proposed for the main deformation (D2) that formed the present-day geometry of the nappe stack and led to a pervasive retrograde greenschist-facies overprint. Thermochronological and structural data from the Bihor Unit (Tisza Mega-Unit) allowed to establish E-directed differential exhumation during Early-Late Cretaceous times (D3.1). Brittle detachment faulting (D3.2) and the deposition of syn-extensional sediments indicate general uplift and partial surface exposure during the Late Cretaceous. Brittle conditions persist during the latest Cretaceous compressional overprint (D4).

  4. The mid-Cretaceous super plume, carbon dioxide, and global warming

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    Caldeira, Ken; Rampino, Michael R.

    1991-01-01

    Carbon-dioxide releases associated with a mid-Cretaceous super plume and the emplacement of the Ontong-Java Plateau have been suggested as a principal cause of the mid-Cretaceous global warming. A carbonate-silicate cycle model is developed to quantify the possible climatic effects of these CO2 releases, utilizing four different formulations for the rate of silicate-rock weathering as a function of atmospheric CO2. CO2 emissions resulting from super-plume tectonics could have produced atmospheric CO2 levels from 3.7 to 14.7 times the modern preindustrial value of 285 ppm. Based on the temperature sensitivity to CO2 increases used in the weathering-rate formulations, this would cause a global warming of from 2.8 to 7.7 C over today's glogal mean temperature. Altered continental positions and higher sea level may have been contributed about 4.8 C to mid-Cretaceous warming. Thus, the combined effects of paleogeographic changes and super-plume related CO2 emissions could be in the range of 7.6 to 12.5 C, within the 6 to 14 C range previously estimated for mid-Cretaceous warming. CO2 releases from oceanic plateaus alone are unlikely to have been directly responsible for more than 20 percent of the mid-Cretaceous increase in atmospheric CO2.

  5. HEFEI BASIN IN EARLY CRETACEOUS -CHARACTERIZATION AND ANALYSIS OF PETROLEUM POTENTIAL

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    YI Wanxia; ZHAO Zongju; LI Xuetian; SHEN Jinlong; ZHOU Jingao

    2003-01-01

    Comprehensive analyses were made based on seismic prospecting data, electrical prospecting data and basin simulation data as well as regional geological data and thorough discussions were conducted about the complicated structures, features and evolution of Hefei Basin in Early Cretaceous in this study,and it was derived that that Hefei Basin was a composite basin formed during the transformation of the stress field from compressive toward tensile in Early Cretaceous. In other words, this basin was a foreland basin of gliding-thrust type, which is mainly controlled by the Dabie orogenic belt in the south side in the early to middle period of Early Cretaceous, while being a strike-slip basin of pull-apart type,which is mainly controlled by the activity of Tanlu fracture in the east side in the middle to late period of Early Cretaceous. Moreover, the potential Lower Cretaceous oil and gas system in the pull-apart basin and the vista for its prospecting were explored in this study. Tectonism of the Tanlu fracture was further discussed based on the results of characterization of the basin, and it was pointed out that this is beneficial and instructive to the oil and gas prospecting in Hefei Basin

  6. The Wandering Indian Plate and Its Changing Biogeography During the Late Cretaceous-Early Tertiary Period

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    Chatterjee, Sankar; Scotese, Christopher

    Palaeobiogeographic analysis of Indian tetrapods during the Late Cretaceous-Early Tertiary time has recognized that both vicariance and geodispersal have played important roles in producing biogeographic congruence. The biogeographic patterns show oscillating cycles of geodispersal (Late Cretaceous), followed by congruent episodes of vicariance and geodispersal (Early Eocene), followed by another geodispersal event (Middle Eocene). New biogeographic synthesis suggests that the Late Cretaceous Indian tetrapod fauna is cosmopolitan with both Gondwanan and Laurasian elements. Throughout most of the Cretaceous, India was separated from the rest of Gondwana, but in the latest Cretaceous it reestablished contact with Africa through Kohistan-Dras (K-D) volcanic arc, and maintained biotic link with South America via Ninetyeast Ridge-Kerguelen-Antarctica corridor. These two geodispersal routes allowed exchanges of "pan-Gondwana" terrestrial tetrapods from Africa, South America, and Madagascar. During that time India also maintained biotic connections with Laurasia across the Neotethys via Kohistan-Dras Arc and Africa. During the Palaeocene, India, welded to the K-D Arc, rafted like a "Noah's Ark" as an island continent and underwent rapid cladogenesis because of allopatric speciation. Although the Palaeocene fossil record is blank, Early Eocene tetrapods contain both endemic and cosmopolitan elements, but Middle Eocene faunas have strong Asian character. India collided with Asia in Early and Middle Eocene time and established a new northeast corridor for faunal migration to facilitate the bidirectional "Great Asian Interchange" dispersals.

  7. Evidence for In-situ Cretaceous Volcanism From La Conception Quarry in the Noumea Basin, New Caledonia

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    Rickey, C.; Alexander, A.; Grande, R.; Robinson, S.; Nicholson, K.

    2009-05-01

    The Noumea Basin in New Caledonia, forms a narrow band, about 10-30km wide that extends from the city of Noumea north-westward towards La Tontouta for about 60km. The Noumea Basin represents a sequence of late Cretaceous basalts, rhyolites and marginal marine sedimentary typical of continental margin volcanic arcs. Directly north of the Tina Peninsula, in the Bay of La Conception, there is an old basalt quarry known as the La Conception Quarry. This project involved mapping La Conception quarry, which may be an extinct volcano. This is of particular importance as it is one of the only in-situ volcanic centers that exist in the South Pacific during the late Cretaceous. Through petrophraphic analyses of the basalts we determined that they have experienced minimal low-grade metamorphism, and that the temperatures and pressures never increased enough to re-orientate the phenocrysts. The quarry is roughly oval in shape, and is oriented north-south. The area of the exposed rock is roughly 0.5km2 and the quarry lake itself encompasses about of the exposed area. We mapped this site by using orientation of phenocrysts and vesicles to determine the direction of flow. We took measurements on the exposed rock every meter by setting up a square meter grid around the entire quarry. This was achieved by establishing a starting point, with a known GPS position, in the quarry and then having two groups of two people move directly north and south from that point. Compasses were used to orientate the lines of the grid; spray paint was used to mark the grid. According to the data we compiled, there are three different basaltic flows in La Conception quarry. These flows were discernable only on the west side of the quarry lake, and are stacked one on top of the other, forming a steep sided mound. On the east side of the quarry all orientations were random and there were no recognizable flows. Of the three flows we identified, the upper flow has random orientation of phenocrysts, the

  8. Enantiornithine Bird with Diapsidian Skull and Its Dental Development in the Early Cretaceous in Liaoning, China

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    GONG Enpu; HOU Lianhai; WANG Lixia

    2004-01-01

    A large number of enantiornithine birds are discovered from the Early Cretaceous Jiufutang Formation in western Liaoning, China. They are all small-sized birds with a few small teeth. The enantiornithine bird from the Jiufutang Formation in the Shangheshou area, Chaoyang, Liaoning Province reported in this paper is the largest individual known in all enantiornithine birds of the Early Cretaceous.However, its teeth possess a feature of pseudoheterodont. Some different development stages of the new teeth substitute the earlier stages and the stages of development are preserved in this specimen. This development pattern is similar to that of Archaeopteryx and alligator but not dinosaur. A well-developed postorbital was also preserved in the skull, which was a diapsidian skull like that of Confuciusornis. Additionally, the distinctive preservation of its prefrontal distinguishes it from other enantiornithine birds of the Early Cretaceous.

  9. Macrofossil evidence for a rapid and severe Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction in Antarctica

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    Witts, James D.; Whittle, Rowan J.; Wignall, Paul B.; Crame, J. Alistair; Francis, Jane E.; Newton, Robert J.; Bowman, Vanessa C.

    2016-05-01

    Debate continues about the nature of the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) mass extinction event. An abrupt crisis triggered by a bolide impact contrasts with ideas of a more gradual extinction involving flood volcanism or climatic changes. Evidence from high latitudes has also been used to suggest that the severity of the extinction decreased from low latitudes towards the poles. Here we present a record of the K-Pg extinction based on extensive assemblages of marine macrofossils (primarily new data from benthic molluscs) from a highly expanded Cretaceous-Paleogene succession: the López de Bertodano Formation of Seymour Island, Antarctica. We show that the extinction was rapid and severe in Antarctica, with no significant biotic decline during the latest Cretaceous, contrary to previous studies. These data are consistent with a catastrophic driver for the extinction, such as bolide impact, rather than a significant contribution from Deccan Traps volcanism during the late Maastrichtian.

  10. New Lower Cretaceous basal mantodean (Insecta from the Crato Formation (NE Brazil

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    Lee Shih-Wei

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Mantodea are very rare in the fossil record. 28 fossil species are reported since the earliest occurrence of mantodeans in the Upper Jurassic (Tithonian. Here, I describe Cretophotina santanensis n. sp. from the Aptian (Lower Cretaceous Crato Formation of Chapada do Araripe (northeastern Brazil. This species is characterized by long antenna and primitive raptorial forelegs. Morphological characters shared with the living genus Chaeteessa would support its assignment to the family Chaeteessidae. The tropical occurrence of the Early Cretaceous genus Cretophotina in Gondwana, together with occurrences of the genus Chaetessa from subtropical and temperate zones of Laurasia, implies that members of the family Chaeteessidae achieved nearly cosmopolitan distribution during the Early Cretaceous.

  11. A New Basal Neoceratopsian Dinosaur from the Middle Cretaceous of Jilin Province, China

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    JIN Liyong; CHEN Jun; ZAN Shuqin; Pascal GODEFROIT

    2009-01-01

    A new basal neoceratopsian dinosaur, Helioceratops brachygnathus gen. et sp. nov., is described from the Quantou Formation (late Early Cretaceous or early Late Cretaceous) in the Liufangzi locality (Jilin province, China). Helioceratops differs from other basal neoceratopsiaus with its deep dentary ramus, its steeply-inclined ventral predentary facet, its heterogeneous dentary crowns, and by the denticles and secondary ridges asymmetrically distributed on either side of the primary ridge on its dentary teeth. Along with Auroraceratops and Yamaceratops, Helioceratops represents one of the most derived non-coronosaurian neoceratopsians. The palaeogeographical distribution of basal neoceratopsians appears limited to northern China and southern Mongolia in the current state of our knowledge. It is therefore probable that this region constituted the birthplace for more advanced, Late Cretaceous Coronosauria.

  12. Macrofossil evidence for a rapid and severe Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction in Antarctica.

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    Witts, James D; Whittle, Rowan J; Wignall, Paul B; Crame, J Alistair; Francis, Jane E; Newton, Robert J; Bowman, Vanessa C

    2016-01-01

    Debate continues about the nature of the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) mass extinction event. An abrupt crisis triggered by a bolide impact contrasts with ideas of a more gradual extinction involving flood volcanism or climatic changes. Evidence from high latitudes has also been used to suggest that the severity of the extinction decreased from low latitudes towards the poles. Here we present a record of the K-Pg extinction based on extensive assemblages of marine macrofossils (primarily new data from benthic molluscs) from a highly expanded Cretaceous-Paleogene succession: the López de Bertodano Formation of Seymour Island, Antarctica. We show that the extinction was rapid and severe in Antarctica, with no significant biotic decline during the latest Cretaceous, contrary to previous studies. These data are consistent with a catastrophic driver for the extinction, such as bolide impact, rather than a significant contribution from Deccan Traps volcanism during the late Maastrichtian. PMID:27226414

  13. Biostratigraphy of the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary in the Sirwan Valley (Sulaimani Region, Kurdistan, NE Iraq)

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    Sharbazheri, Khalid Mahmood; Ghafor, Imad Mahmood; Muhammed, Qahtan Ahmad

    2009-10-01

    The Cretaceous/Tertiary (K/T) boundary sequence, which crops out in the studied area is located within the High Folded Zone, in the Sirwan Valley, northeastern Iraq. These units mainly consist of flysch and flysch-type successions of thick clastic beds of Tanjero/Kolosh Formations. A detailed lithostratigraphic study is achieved on the outcropping uppermost part of the Upper Cretaceous successions (upper part of Tanjero Formation) and the lowermost part of the Kolosh Formation. On the basis of the identified planktonic foraminiferal assemblages, five biozones are recorded from the uppermost part of Tanjero Formation and four biozones from the lower part of the Kolosh Formation (Lower Paleocene) in the Sirwan section. The biostratigraphic correlations based on planktonic foraminiferal zonations showed a comparison between the biostratigraphic zones established in this study and other equivalents of the commonly used planktonic zonal scheme around the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary in and outside Iraq.

  14. Environment and ecology of East Asian dinosaurs during the Early Cretaceous inferred from stable oxygen and carbon isotopes in apatite

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    Amiot, Romain; Wang, Xu; Zhou, Zhonghe; Wang, Xiaolin; Lécuyer, Christophe; Buffetaut, Eric; Fluteau, Frédéric; Ding, Zhongli; Kusuhashi, Nao; Mo, Jinyou; Philippe, Marc; Suteethorn, Varavudh; Wang, Yuanqing; Xu, Xing

    2015-02-01

    During the cold Late Barremian-Early Albian interval, terrestrial environments in East Asia were populated by rich and diverse vertebrate faunas characterized by a strong provincialism. The latitudinal gradient of temperature and the existence of geographic barriers likely accounted for some aspects of this heterogeneous distribution of faunas. Other factors, however, such as local environmental conditions and interactions within vertebrate communities, which could have influenced their distribution, have not yet been fully identified and understood. Therefore, new and published oxygen and carbon isotope compositions of apatite from Chinese and Thai reptiles (dinosaurs, crocodilians and turtles) have been analyzed and interpreted in terms of ecology, local air temperature and precipitation amounts. Differences in carbon and oxygen isotope compositions between various groups of sympatric plant-eating dinosaurs (sauropods, ornithopods and ceratopsians) indicate food resources partitioning among them most likely to avoid competition. Mid-latitude environments, where the Jehol Biota flourished, were submitted to cool temperate climatic conditions with Mean Air Temperature (MAT) of 10 ± 4 °C and Mean Annual Precipitations (MAP) of about 600 mm/yr compatible with the existence of forest environments. By contrast, sub-tropical regions, characterized by MAT of about 20-25 °C were either submitted to high amounts of seasonal precipitations (of about 1200 mm/yr in Thailand) or to significant aridity (MAP of about 400 mm/yr in South China). This difference in precipitation regime between Thailand and South China may be attributed to the occurrence of the Coastal Cordillera extending along the East margin of the South China block. These mountain ranges likely prevented humid air masses from the Pacific to penetrate some parts of South China, thus generating a "rain shadow effect". Mosaic environments characterizing East Asia during the Late Early Cretaceous may have acted

  15. Palaeoenvironments and facies on a progressively flooded rocky island (Upper Cenomanian – Lower Turonian, Bohemian Cretaceous Basin)

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    Žítt, Jiří; Vodrážka, R.; Hradecká, L.; Svobodová, Marcela

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 179, - (2010), s. 223-234. ISSN 1802-6842 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Cretaceous island * weathering * geomorphology * sedimentary environments * biostratigraphy * Upper Cenomanian-Lower Turonian * Bohemian Cretaceous Basin Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy http://www.nm.cz/publikace/archiv-en.php?id=1&rok=179&f_=Show

  16. Report on the 4th International Meeting of the IUGS Lower Creatceous Ammonite Working Group, the "Kilian Group" (Dijon, France, 30th August 2010)

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    Reboulet, S.; Rawson, P. F.; Moreno-Bedmar, J. A.; Aquirre-Urreta, M. B.; Barragán, R.; Bogomolov, Y.; Company, M.; Gonzáles-Arreola, C.; Stoyanova, V.; Lukeneder, A.; Matrion, B.; Mitta, V.; Randrianaly, H.; Vašíček, Zdeněk; Baraboshkin, E. J.; Bert, D.; Bersac, S.; Bogdanova, T. M.; Bulot, L. G.; Latil, J. L.; Mikhailova, I. A.; Ropolo, P.; Szives, O.

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 6, č. 32 (2011), s. 786-793. ISSN 0195-6671 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30860518 Keywords : Kilian Group * ammonites * Lower Cretaceous * standard zonation * Aptian * Albian Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 1.537, year: 2011 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195667111000553

  17. Extinction Risk of Phytoplankton Species to Potential Killing Mechanisms at the Cretaceous-Paleogene Boundary

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    Bralower, T. J.; Schueth, J.; Jiang, S.

    2013-05-01

    The impact at Chicxulub caused catastrophic changes in marine habitats including extended darkness, ocean acidification and eutrophication. These changes were devastating to some groups of phytoplankton at the base of the marine food chain while others escaped virtually unscathed. For example, diatoms had ~85% survival across the boundary and dinoflagellates actually increased in diversity. These non-calcareous plankton most likely survived due to their adaptation to high-stress environments and their ability to form spores and resting cysts. The calcareous nannoplankton, however, were decimated with approximately 85% of genera and 93% of species going extinct. Nannoplankton generally lack the ability to encyst and thus, as a group, would have been susceptible to darkness, ocean acidification and eutrophication. However, we still do not fully understand why certain nannofossil taxa survived while others went extinct. Extinction risk, the projected susceptibility of a taxon to extinction based on its ecology and ability to adapt, is a concept that is widely applied to extant species and higher order fossil groups, but not to phytoplankton. This concept is a useful for probing the selectivity of ancient species to mass extinction. Determining the extinction risk of latest Maastrichtian nannoplankton species would be a step towards understanding the selection of survivors. The deep-sea record contains a remarkable archive of nannoplankton extinction and recovery across the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary. The recovery was geologically extended, enabling detailed comparisons between the ocean basins. A large, global database of assemblages had led to the discovery that the Northern Hemisphere oceans suffered higher nannoplankton extinction rates than the Southern Hemisphere with an ecological "crisis" that lasted for approximately 350 thousand years after the impact. In addition, incumbency played a major role in the origination of new species. Since extinction almost

  18. Fossils of hydrothermal vent worms from Cretaceous sulfide ores of the Samail ophiolite, Oman

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    Haymon, R.M.; Koski, R.A.; Sinclair, C.

    1984-01-01

    Fossil worm tubes of Cretaceous age preserved in the Bayda massive sulfide deposit of the Samail ophiolite, Oman, are apparently the first documented examples of fossils embedded in massive sulfide deposits from the geologic record. The geologic setting of the Bayda deposit and the distinctive mineralogic and textural features of the fossiliferous samples suggest that the Bayda sulfide deposit and fossil fauna are remnants of a Cretaceous sea-floor hydrothermal vent similar to modern hot springs on the East Pacific Rise and the Juan de Fuca Ridge.

  19. Late Cretaceous paleomagnetism of the Tucson Mountains: implications for vertical axis rotations in south central Arizona

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    Hagstrum, J.T.; Lipman, P.W.

    1991-01-01

    The Tucson Mountains of southern Arizona are the site of an Upper Cretaceous caldera from which the rhyolitic Cat Mountain Tuff was erupted at about 72 Ma. Two magnetic units within the Cat Mountain Tuff are distinguished by paleomagnetic data in both the northern and southern Tucson Mountains. The available paleomagnetic data indicate that rocks in southern Arizona have not remained unrotated with respect to North America since Late Cretaceous time and that vertical axis rotations may have played an important role in the region during Laramide deformation. -from Authors

  20. Cretaceous dykes discovered in the Falkland Islands : implications for regional tectonics in the South Atlantic

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    Stone, P; Richards, P.C.; G. S. Kimbell; Esser, R. P.; Reeves, D.

    2008-01-01

    New aeromagnetic data resolve the dykes of the Falkland Islands into three swarms. A hitherto unrecognized suite of north–south dykes is established as early Cretaceous by an Ar–Ar date of about 121 Ma. Swarms of NE–SW and east–west dykes are both early Jurassic: the former gives an Ar–Ar age of about 178 Ma, whereas the latter has been previously dated to about 190 Ma. The intrusion of the Cretaceous dykes marks the onset of oceanic crust generation in the South Atlantic and so restricts to ...

  1. An Unusual New Theropod with a Didactyl Manus from the Upper Cretaceous of Patagonia, Argentina.

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    Sebastián Apesteguía

    Full Text Available Late Cretaceous terrestrial strata of the Neuquén Basin, northern Patagonia, Argentina have yielded a rich fauna of dinosaurs and other vertebrates. The diversity of saurischian dinosaurs is particularly high, especially in the late Cenomanian-early Turonian Huincul Formation, which has yielded specimens of rebacchisaurid and titanosaurian sauropods, and abelisaurid and carcharodontosaurid theropods. Continued sampling is adding to the known vertebrate diversity of this unit.A new, partially articulated mid-sized theropod was found in rocks from the Huincul Formation. It exhibits a unique combination of traits that distinguish it from other known theropods justifying erection of a new taxon, Gualicho shinyae gen. et sp. nov. Gualicho possesses a didactyl manus with the third digit reduced to a metacarpal splint reminiscent of tyrannosaurids, but both phylogenetic and multivariate analyses indicate that didactyly is convergent in these groups. Derived characters of the scapula, femur, and fibula supports the new theropod as the sister taxon of the nearly coeval African theropod Deltadromeus and as a neovenatorid carcharodontosaurian. A number of these features are independently present in ceratosaurs, and Gualicho exhibits an unusual mosaic of ceratosaurian and tetanuran synapomorphies distributed throughout the skeleton.Gualicho shinyae gen. et sp. nov. increases the known theropod diversity of the Huincul Formation and also represents the first likely neovenatorid from this unit. It is the most basal tetatanuran to exhibit common patterns of digit III reduction that evolved independently in a number of other tetanuran lineages. A close relationship with Deltadromaeus from the Kem Kem beds of Niger adds to the already considerable biogeographic similarity between the Huincul Formation and coeval rock units in North Africa.

  2. New material of Beelzebufo, a hyperossified frog (Amphibia: Anura from the late cretaceous of Madagascar.

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    Susan E Evans

    Full Text Available The extant anuran fauna of Madagascar is exceptionally rich and almost completely endemic. In recent years, many new species have been described and understanding of the history and relationships of this fauna has been greatly advanced by molecular studies, but very little is known of the fossil history of frogs on the island. Beelzebufo ampinga, the first named pre-Holocene frog from Madagascar, was described in 2008 on the basis of numerous disarticulated cranial and postcranial elements from the Upper Cretaceous (Maastrichtian Maevarano Formation of Madagascar. These specimens documented the presence of a hyperossified taxon that differed strikingly from extant Malagasy frogs in its large size and heavy coarse cranial exostosis. Here we describe and analyse new, articulated, and more complete material of the skull, vertebral column, and hind limb, as well as additional isolated elements discovered since 2008. μCT scans allow a detailed understanding of both internal and external morphology and permit a more accurate reconstruction. The new material shows Beelzebufo to have been even more bizarre than originally interpreted, with large posterolateral skull flanges and sculptured vertebral spine tables. The apparent absence of a tympanic membrane, the strong cranial exostosis, and vertebral morphology suggest it may have burrowed during seasonally arid conditions, which have been interpreted for the Maevarano Formation from independent sedimentological and taphonomic evidence. New phylogenetic analyses, incorporating both morphological and molecular data, continue to place Beelzebufo with hyloid rather than ranoid frogs. Within Hyloidea, Beelzebufo still groups with the South American Ceratophryidae thus continuing to pose difficulties with both biogeographic interpretations and prior molecular divergence dates.

  3. An Unusual New Theropod with a Didactyl Manus from the Upper Cretaceous of Patagonia, Argentina

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    Apesteguía, Sebastián; Smith, Nathan D.; Juárez Valieri, Rubén; Makovicky, Peter J.

    2016-01-01

    Background Late Cretaceous terrestrial strata of the Neuquén Basin, northern Patagonia, Argentina have yielded a rich fauna of dinosaurs and other vertebrates. The diversity of saurischian dinosaurs is particularly high, especially in the late Cenomanian-early Turonian Huincul Formation, which has yielded specimens of rebacchisaurid and titanosaurian sauropods, and abelisaurid and carcharodontosaurid theropods. Continued sampling is adding to the known vertebrate diversity of this unit. Methodology/ Principal Findings A new, partially articulated mid-sized theropod was found in rocks from the Huincul Formation. It exhibits a unique combination of traits that distinguish it from other known theropods justifying erection of a new taxon, Gualicho shinyae gen. et sp. nov. Gualicho possesses a didactyl manus with the third digit reduced to a metacarpal splint reminiscent of tyrannosaurids, but both phylogenetic and multivariate analyses indicate that didactyly is convergent in these groups. Derived characters of the scapula, femur, and fibula supports the new theropod as the sister taxon of the nearly coeval African theropod Deltadromeus and as a neovenatorid carcharodontosaurian. A number of these features are independently present in ceratosaurs, and Gualicho exhibits an unusual mosaic of ceratosaurian and tetanuran synapomorphies distributed throughout the skeleton. Conclusions/ Significance Gualicho shinyae gen. et sp. nov. increases the known theropod diversity of the Huincul Formation and also represents the first likely neovenatorid from this unit. It is the most basal tetatanuran to exhibit common patterns of digit III reduction that evolved independently in a number of other tetanuran lineages. A close relationship with Deltadromaeus from the Kem Kem beds of Niger adds to the already considerable biogeographic similarity between the Huincul Formation and coeval rock units in North Africa. PMID:27410683

  4. Lithofacies control in detrital zircon provenance studies: Insights from the Cretaceous Methow basin, southern Canadian Cordillera

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    DeGraaff-Surpless, K.; Mahoney, J.B.; Wooden, J.L.; McWilliams, M.O.

    2003-01-01

    High-frequency sampling for detrital zircon analysis can provide a detailed record of fine-scale basin evolution by revealing the temporal and spatial variability of detrital zircon ages within clastic sedimentary successions. This investigation employed detailed sampling of two sedimentary successions in the Methow/Methow-Tyaughton basin of the southern Canadian Cordillera to characterize the heterogeneity of detrital zircon signatures within single lithofacies and assess the applicability of detrital zircon analysis in distinguishing fine-scale provenance changes not apparent in lithologic analysis of the strata. The Methow/Methow-Tyaughton basin contains two distinct stratigraphic sequences of middle Albian to Santonian clastic sedimentary rocks: submarine-fan deposits of the Harts Pass Formation/Jackass Mountain Group and fluvial deposits of the Winthrop Formation. Although both stratigraphic sequences displayed consistent ranges in detrital zircon ages on a broad scale, detailed sampling within each succession revealed heterogeneity in the detrital zircon age distributions that was systematic and predictable in the turbidite succession but unpredictable in the fluvial succession. These results suggest that a high-density sampling approach permits interpretation of finescale changes within a lithologically uniform turbiditic sedimentary succession, but heterogeneity within fluvial systems may be too large and unpredictable to permit accurate fine-scale characterization of the evolution of source regions. The robust composite detrital zircon age signature developed for these two successions permits comparison of the Methow/Methow-Tyaughton basin age signature with known plutonic source-rock ages from major plutonic belts throughout the Cretaceous North American margin. The Methow/Methow-Tyaughton basin detrital zircon age signature matches best with source regions in the southern Canadian Cordillera, requiring that the basin developed in close proximity to the

  5. The overthrusted Zaza Terrane of middle Cretaceous over the North American continental carbonate rocks of upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous age - relationships to oil generation

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    Echevarria Rodriguez, G.; Castro, J.A.; Amaro, S.V. [Centro de Investigaciones del Petroleo, La Habana (Cuba)

    1996-08-01

    The Zaza Terrane is part of the Caribbean plate thrust over the southern edge of the North American basinal and platform carbonate rocks of upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous age. Zaza Terrane are volcanic and ophiolitic rocks of Cretaceous age. The ophiolites are mostly serpentines which behave as reservoirs and seals. All Cuban oil fields are either within Zaza Terrane or basinal carbonates underneath, or not far away to the north of the thrust contacts. It appears that the overthrusting of the Zaza Terrane caused the generation of oil in the basinal carbonate source rocks underneath, due to the increase of rock thickness which lowered the oil window to a deeper position and increased the geothermal gradient. Oil generation was after thrusting, during post-orogenic. API gravity of oil is light toward the south and heavy to very heavy to the north. Source rocks to the south are probably of terrigenous origin.

  6. Petrophysical properties of carbonate rocks: example from the cretaceous Jandaira Formation, Potiguar basin - Brazil

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    Nogueira, Francisco; Soares, José; Bezerra, Francisco; Cavalcanti, Bruno; Cazarin, Caroline

    2015-04-01

    Carbonate sediments are prone to rapid and pervasive diagenetic alterations that change the mineralogy and pore structure within carbonate units. In particular, cementation and dissolution processes continuously modify the pore structure to create or destroy porosity. In extreme cases these modifications can completely change the mineralogy from calcite to dolomite, in the properties of rock for soil (Caliche), or reverse the pore distribution whereby original grains are dissolved to produce pores as the original pore space is filled with cement to form the rock. These processes are common in fractured carbonate units. All these modifications alter the elastic properties of the rock and, therefore, the sonic velocity. This study presents the result of relationship among diagenesis, porosity, grain density, and sonic velocity, in limestones, dolomites and caliche samples from the Jandaíra Formation, Potiguar basin, Brasil. This stratigraphic unit have been subjected to fracturing since the late Cretaceous. The rock and soil samples were collected in outcrops, prepared as plugs, and analyzed at ambient temperature. The porosity and grain density analysis were performed under ambient pressure, while elastic properties analyses were conducted with samples under confining pressure between 5 and 40 MPa. The result is a wide range of sonic velocity in carbonates, in which compressional-wave velocity (VP) ranges from 3507 to 6119 m/s and shear-wave velocity (VS) range from 2114 to 3451 m/s. The ratio VS1/VS2 indicate a level of anisotropy equal to 2%, without any clear relationship with porosity. The elastics properties are affected by rock alteration process or by modification of mineral composition, due to the presence of clay minerals and organic matter, The porosity and grain density values range from 3.2 to 21.5%, and 2.7 to 2.8 (g/cm3), respectively. The grain density analysis in the carbonate rocks indicate the existence of two groups: the first group of calcareous

  7. Early Normapolles evolution in the Upper Cretaceous, Cenomanian and Turonian, in France and the Czech Republic

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    Méon, H.; Svobodová, Marcela; Guignard, G.; Pacltová, B.

    Prague : National Museum, 2006. ISBN 80-7036-198-0. [European Palaeobotany- Palynology Conference /7./. 06.09.2006-11.09.2006, Prague] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Cretaceous * Normapolles * France * Czech Republic Subject RIV: EF - Botanics

  8. Ichnofabric and substrate consistency in Upper Turonian carbonates of the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin (Czech Republic)

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    Mikuláš, Radek

    2006-01-01

    Roč. 57, č. 2 (2006), s. 79-90. ISSN 1335-0552 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA205/04/0151 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Cretaceous * ichnofossils * firmground Subject RIV: EG - Zoology Impact factor: 0.364, year: 2006 http://www.geologicacarpathica.sk/src/main.php

  9. Maastrichtian or Maestrichtian? A proposal to the Subcommision on Cretaceous Stratigraphy (IUGS, International Commission on Stratigraphy)

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    Herngreen, G.F.W.

    2003-01-01

    This contribution deals with the dual spelling of the terminal Cretaceous Stage, the Maastrichtian or Maestrichtian. From a historical point of view and in agreement with the recommendations of the International Stratigraphic Guide (1st and 2nd editions) only Maestrichtian is justified. Nevertheless

  10. Morphologically Specialized Termite Castes and Advanced Sociality in the Early Cretaceous.

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    Engel, Michael S; Barden, Phillip; Riccio, Mark L; Grimaldi, David A

    2016-02-22

    A hallmark of animals that are eusocial, or those with advanced sociality, is reproductive specialization into worker and queen castes. In the most derived societies, these divisions are essentially fixed and in some arthropods, include further specialization--a tripartite system with a soldier caste that defends the colony. Eusociality has originated numerous times among insects but is believed to have appeared first in the termites (Isoptera), in the Early Cretaceous. However, all termites known from the Cretaceous have, until now, only been winged reproductives (alates and dealates); the earliest soldiers and definitive workers were known from just the Miocene (ca. 17-20 million years ago [mya]). Here, we report six termite species preserved in Early Cretaceous (ca. 100 mya) amber from Myanmar, one described as Krishnatermes yoddha gen. et sp. nov., comprising the worker/pseudergate, winged reproductive, and soldier, and a second species, Gigantotermes rex gen. et sp. nov., based on one of the largest soldier termites yet known. Phylogenetic analysis indicates that Krishnatermes are in the basal "Meiatermes-grade" of Cretaceous termites. Workers/pseudergates of another four species are briefly described, but not named. One of these workers/pseudergates reveals that ants--the most serious enemies of modern termites--lived in close proximity to termites in the Burmese paleofauna. These discoveries demonstrate the Mesozoic antiquity of specialized termite caste systems and corroborate that among all social species, termites probably had the original societies. PMID:26877085

  11. Depositional and palaeoenvironmental variation of lower Turonian nearshore facies in the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin, Czech Republic

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    Žítt, Jiří; Vodrážka, R.; Hradecká, L.; Svobodová, Marcela; Šťastný, Martin; Švábenická, L.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 56, September/December (2015), s. 293-315. ISSN 0195-6671 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : phosphatic particle accumulations * organic matter * micropalaeontology * biostratigraphy * condensed sedimentation * Upper Cretaceous Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 1.904, year: 2014

  12. Two new ornithurine birds from the Early Cretaceous of western Liaoning, China

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    2001-01-01

    We describe two new ornithurine birds from the Early Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation of western Liaoning, northeast China: Yanornis martini gen. et sp. nov. and Yixianornis grabaui gen. et sp. nov. They represent the best fossil record of ornithurine birds known from the Early Cretaceous. They are more advanced than the most primitive ornithurine Liaoningornis, and are more similar to the other two Chinese Early Cretaceous ornithurines Chaoyangia and Songlingornis. Compared with Confuciusornis, Liaoxiornis and Eoenantiornis from the same age, the two new birds show remarkable advanced characteristics and suggest the presence of powerful flight capability like modern birds. Compared with Yixianornis and Chaoyangia, Yanornis is larger, with a more elongated skull and relatively long wings. The new discoveries indicate that by the Early Cretaceous both enantiornithine and ornithurine birds had already radiated significantly. The flight structures of Yanornis and Yixianornis are hardly distinguishable from those of modern birds; however, both retain a few primitive traits such as teeth on the jaws, wing claws and pubic symphysis, which exclude them from being the most recent ancestor of all ex-tant birds.

  13. Anuran Ilia from the Upper Cretaceous of Utah - Diversity and Stratigraphic Patterns

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    Roček, Zbyněk; Gardner, J. D.; Eaton, J. G.; Přikryl, Tomáš

    Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 2013 - (Titus, A.; Loewen, M.), s. 273-294 ISBN 978-0-253-00883-1. - (Life of the Past) R&D Projects: GA MŠk ME08066 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : Anura * Upper Cretaceous * diversity * stratigraphy Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  14. Similarities and differences in the ilia of Late Cretaceous anurans and urodeles

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    Roček, Zbyněk; Gardner, J. D.; Eaton, J. G.; Přikryl, Tomáš

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 183, č. 6 (2012), s. 529-535. ISSN 0037-9409 R&D Projects: GA MŠk ME08066 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : Anura * Cretaceous * Ilium * North America * Postcranial skeleton * Urodela Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 1.182, year: 2012

  15. The upper Jurassic-lower cretaceous siliciclastic system in the Morocco offshore - Prevenance, transport and deposition

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    Bertotti, G.; Arantegui, A.; Charton, R.; Luber, T.; Redfern, J.

    2015-01-01

    The Morocco segment of the Central Atlantic passive continental margin experienced km-scale exhumation during the early post-rift (late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous). In the Meseta and the High Atlas this led to the development of a N-S trending ridge sourcing terrigenous sediments which were brought t

  16. Evidence of Egg Diversity in Squamate Evolution from Cretaceous Anguimorph Embryos

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    Fernandez, V.; Buffetaut, E.; Suteethorn, V.; Rage, J. C.; Tafforeau, P.; Kundrát, Martin

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 10, č. 7 (2015), e0128610. E-ISSN 1932-6203 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP302/12/1207 Institutional support: RVO:67985823 Keywords : squamates * egg * fossils * cretaceous Subject RIV: EA - Cell Biology Impact factor: 3.234, year: 2014

  17. A palynological study on the Tertiary and Upper Cretaceous of British Guiana

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    Hammen, van der T.; Wymstra, T.A.

    1964-01-01

    The pollen content of bore-hole samples and mine sections from the coast and from the bauxite belt of British Guiana has been studied. The pollen zonation is shown in fig. 6 and diagram IV. The description of the Upper Cretaceous and Tertiary pollen species is partly given in this article and partly

  18. High resolution stratigraphy of the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary interval in the Gresten Klippenbelt (Austria)

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    Lukeneder, A.; Halásová, E.; Kroh, A.; Mayrhofer, S.; Pruner, Petr; Reháková, D.; Schnabl, Petr; Sprovieri, M.; Wagreich, M.

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 61, č. 5 (2010), s. 365-381. ISSN 1335-0552 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA205/07/1365 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Jurassic/Cretaceous boundary * Penninic Ocean, * paleoecology * paleogeography * environmental changes Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 0.909, year: 2010

  19. Phytogeography of the sandstone areas in the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin (Czech Republic/Germany/Poland)

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    Härtel, Handrij; Sádlo, Jiří; Świerkosz, K.; Marková, I.

    Praha : Academia, 2007 - (Hartel, H.; Cílek, V.; Herben, T.; Jackson, A.; Williams, R.), s. 177-189 ISBN 978-80-200-1577-8 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60050516 Keywords : Bohemian Cretaceous Basin * phytogeography * vegetation Subject RIV: EF - Botanics

  20. Nonlinear Dynamic Study on Geomagnetic Polarity Reversal and Cretaceous Normal Superchron

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    2007-01-01

    It is generally acknowledged that geomagnetic polarity has reversed many times in geological history and an abnormal geologic phenomenon is the Cretaceous normal superchron. However, the causes have been unknown up to now. The nonlinear theory has been applied to analyze the phenomenon in geomagnetic polarity reversal and the Cretaceous normal superchron. The Cretaceous normal superchron implies that interaction of the Earth's core-mantle and liquid movement in the outer core may be the lowest energy state and the system of Earth magnetic field maintains a sort of temporal or spatial order structure by exchanging substance and energy in the outside continuously.During 121-83 Ma, there was no impact of a celestial body that would result in a geomagnetic polarity reversal, which may be a cause for occurrence of the Cretaceous normal superchron. The randomness of geomagnetic polarity reversal has the self-reversion characteristic of chaos and the chaos theory gives a simple and clear explanation for the dynamic cause of the geomagnetic polarity reversal.

  1. Cretaceous source rock characterization of the Atlantic Continental margin of Morocco

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    Jabour, H. (ONAREP, Rabat (Morocco))

    1993-02-01

    Characterization of the petroleum potential for the Atlantic margin of Morocco has been based primarily on limited, antiently acquired organic geochemical data. These indicate the area of drilling behind the paleoshelf edge to be only fair in organic carbon and C15+ extract values with predominantly terrestrial kerogen types. Recently acquired geochemical data obtained from relatively recent drilling both behind and beyond the paleoshelf edge indicate 4 depositional facies containing hydrogen rich amorphous kerogen assemblages. These are: (1) Lower to Mid Jurassic inner shelf facies probably deposited in algal rich lagoon-like, (2) Lower Cretaceous non marine coaly facies probably deposited in algal rich swamplike environments, (3) Middle Cretaceous facies characterized by restrited anoxic environment with sediments rich in marine kerogen types deposited under sluggish wather circulation, (4) Upper Cretaceous to Tertiary outer-shelf to Upper slope facies probably deposited under algal-rich upwelling systems. Of these, the Cretaceous facies is the most widespread and represents the best source rock potential characteristics. Correlation of these facies to recently acquired good quality seismic packages allows for extrapolation of probable organic facies distribution throughout the continental margin. This should enhance the hydrocarbon potential of the Mesozoic and Cenozoic sediments both landward and seaward of the paleoshelf edge and thus permits refinement of strategies for hydrocarbon exploration in the area.

  2. The asteroid genus Haccourtaster (Echinodermata, Goniasteridae) in the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin, Czech Republic

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    Žítt, Jiří

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 26, č. 2 (2005), s. 225-237. ISSN 0195-6671 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA206/01/1580 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Cretaceous * Asteroidea * New species Subject RIV: EG - Zoology Impact factor: 0.981, year: 2005

  3. Novasalenia gen. nov.: a remarkable Late Cenomanian echinoid from the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin (Czech Republic)

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    Žítt, Jiří; Geys, J. F.

    2003-01-01

    Roč. 24, č. 1 (2003), s. 23-30. ISSN 0195-6671 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA205/99/1315 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z3013912 Keywords : Upper Cenomanian * Bohemian Cretaceous Basin * Echinoids Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 0.816, year: 2003

  4. Fluid flow in the northern Broad Fourteens Basin during Late Cretaceous inversion

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    Oude Essink, Gualbert

    2003-01-01

    A basin-scale hydrogeological study of the inverted northern Broad Fourteens Basin, Netherlands offshore, has resulted in a reconstruction of geological evolution, an estimate of Late Cretaceous topography and model scenarios of syn-inversion meteoric water infiltration. This study was performed in

  5. Rapid short-term cooling following the Chicxulub impact at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary

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    Vellekoop, J.; Sluijs, A.; Smit, J.; Schouten, S.; Weijers, J.W.H.; Sinninghe Damsté, J.S.; Brinkhuis, H.

    2014-01-01

    The mass extinction at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary, similar to 66 Ma, is thought to be caused by the impact of an asteroid at Chicxulub, present-day Mexico. Although the precise mechanisms that led to this mass extinction remain enigmatic, most postulated scenarios involve a short-lived global

  6. Construction of the seawater 87Sr/86Sr curve for the Cenozoic and Cretaceous: supporting data

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    We present the data used to construct the Cenozoic and Cretaceous portion of the Phanerozoic curve of seawater 87Sr/86Sr that had been given in summary form by W.H. Burke and coworkers. All Cenozoic samples (128) and 22 Cretaceous samples are foram-nannofossil oozes and limestones from DSDP cores distributed among 13 sites in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, and the Caribbean Sea. Non-DSDP Cretaceous samples (126) include limestone, anhydrite and phosphate samples from North America, Europe and Asia. Determination of the 87Sr/86Sr value of seawater at particular times in the past is based on comparison of ratios derived from coeval marine samples from widely separated geographic areas. The general configuration of the Cenozoic and Cretaceous curve appears to be strongly influenced by the history of plate interactions and sea-floor spreading. Specific rises and falls in the 87Sr/86Sr of seawater, however, may be caused by a variety of factors such as variation in lithologic composition of the crust exposed to weathering, configuration and topographic relief of continents, volcanic activity, rate of sea-floor spreading, extent of continental inundation by epeiric seas, and variations in both climate and paleo-oceanographic conditions. Many or all of these factors are probably related to global tectonic processes, yet their combined effect on the temporal variation of seawater 87Sr/86Sr can complicate a direct plate-tectonic interpretation for portions of the seawater curve. (Auth.)

  7. Tempo and duration of short-term environmental perturbations across the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary

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    Husson, Dorothée; Galbrun, Bruno; Gardin, Silvia;

    2014-01-01

    the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary and reveal clear orbital signatures in the sedimentary record. Identification of precession and 405 kyr eccentricity cycles allows an estimate of 324+/-40 kyr for the duration of the Maastrichtian part of Chron C29r. We present in the same high resolution time frame...

  8. An overview of the Cretaceous stratigraphy and facies development of the Yazd Block, western Central Iran

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    Wilmsen, Markus; Fürsich, Franz Theodor; Majidifard, Mahmoud Reza

    2015-04-01

    The Cretaceous successions of the Yazd Block, the western of three structural blocks of the Central-East Iranian Microcontinent (CEIM), have been studied using an integrated approach of litho-, bio- and sequence stratigraphy associated with litho-, bio- and microfacies analyses. The Cretaceous System of that area is in excess of 5 km thick and a generalized relative sea-level curve can be inferred from the facies and thickness development. This curve can be subdivided into two transgressive-regressive megacycles (TRMs), separated by a major tectonic unconformity in the Upper Turonian. TRM 1 comprises the Early Cretaceous to Middle Turonian, TRM 2 the Coniacian to Maastrichtian. TRM 1 starts with up to 1500-m-thick conglomerates and sandstones covering Palaeozoic-Triassic basement rocks, metasediments, or Upper Jurassic-lowermost Cretaceous granites. The basal tectonic unconformity, related to the Late Cimmerian event (Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary interval), shows a pronounced palaeo-relief that is levelled by the basal siliciclastic formations. Sparse biostratigraphic data from calcareous intercalations in the upper part of these strata indicate a Hauterivian to Barremian age. The Aptian facies development is marked by the onlap of thick-bedded, micritic carbonates with abundant orbitolinid foraminifera and rudists representing a large-scale shallow-marine carbonate platform system that fringed the Yazd Block in the north and west. These platforms are up to 1000 m thick and drowned during the middle to Late Aptian, followed by up to 1500-m-thick basinal marly sediments of Late Aptian to mid-Late Albian ages, representing the maximum relative sea-level during TRM 1. During the latest Albian-Middle Turonian, a gradual shallowing is indicated by progradation of shallow-water skeletal limestones separated by marl tongues, representing a carbonate ramp system. Strata of TRM 2 overlie older units along a regional angular unconformity and indicate tectonic stability and

  9. A new Early Cretaceous relative of Gnetales: Siphonospermum simplex gen. et sp. nov. from the Yixian Formation of Northeast China

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    Friis Else

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Knowledge on fossil and evolutionary history of the Gnetales has expanded rapidly; Ephedra and ephedroids as well as the Gnetum-Welwitschia clade are now well documented in the Early Cretaceous. However, hypotheses on evolutionary relationships among living and fossil species are hampered by restricted knowledge of morphological variation in living groups and recent studies indicate that gnetalean diversity and character evolution may be more complex than previously assumed and involve additional extinct groups (Bennettitales, Erdtmanithecales and unassigned fossil taxa. Results Here we describe a new fossil related to Gnetales, Siphonospermum simplex from the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation, an impression/compression of a reproductive shoot. The slender main axis bears one pair of opposite and linear leaves with primary parallel venation. The reproductive units are ovoid, without supporting bracts and borne on one median and two lateral branches. The most conspicuous feature of the fossil is the long, thread-like micropylar tube formed by the integument. Each ovule is surrounded by two different layers representing one or two seed envelopes; an inner sclerenchymatous layer and an outer probably parenchymatous layer. Conclusions The vegetative and reproductive features of Siphonospermum simplex exclude a relationship to any other group than the Gnetales. A combination of opposite phyllotaxis, linear leaves and ovules surrounded by seed envelope(s and with a long exposed micropylar tube are known only for extant and extinct Gnetales. Siphonospermum simplex constitutes a new lineage within the Gnetales. Its morphology cannot be directly linked to any previously known plant, but the organization of the reproductive units indicates that it belongs to the Gnetum-Welwitschia clade. Based on the absence of cone bracts and the inferred histology of the seed envelope(s it could be related to Gnetum, however, there are also

  10. Group cubization

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    Osajda, Damian

    2016-01-01

    We present a procedure of group cubization: It results in a group whose some features resemble the ones of a given group, and which acts without fixed points on a CAT(0) cubical complex. As a main application we establish lack of Kazhdan's property (T) for Burnside groups. Other applications include new constructions of non-exact groups.

  11. Compositional and temperature variations of the Pacific upper mantle since the Cretaceous

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    ZHANG Guoliang

    2016-01-01

    The geological evolution of the Earth during the mid-Cretaceous were shown to be anomalous, e.g., the pause of the geomagnetic field, the global sea level rise, and increased intra-plate volcanic activities, which could be attributed to deep mantle processes. As the anomalous volcanic activities occurred mainly in the Cretaceous Pacific, here we use basalt chemical compositions from the oceanic drilling (DSDP/ODP/IODP) sites to investigate their mantle sources and melting conditions. Based on locations relative to the Pacific plateaus, we classified these sites as oceanic plateau basalts, normal mid-ocean ridge basalts, and near-plateau seafloor basalts. This study shows that those normal mid-ocean ridge basalts formed during mid-Cretaceous are broadly similar in average Na8, La/Sm and Sm/Yb ratios and Sr-Nd isotopic compositions to modern Pacific spreading ridge (the East Pacific Rise). The Ontong Java plateau (125–90 Ma) basalts have distinctly lower Na8 and 143Nd/144Nd, and higher La/Sm and87Sr/86Sr than normal seafloor basalts, whereas those for the near-plateau seafloor basalts are similar to the plateau basalts, indicating influences from the Ontong Java mantle source. The super mantle plume activity that might have formed the Ontong Java plateau influenced the mantle source of the simultaneously formed large areas of seafloor basalts. Based on the chemical data from normal seafloor basalts, I propose that the mantle compositions and melting conditions of the normal mid-ocean ridges during the Cretaceous are similar to the fast spreading East Pacific Rise. Slight variations of mid-Cretaceous normal seafloor basalts in melting conditions could be related to the local mantle source and spreading rate.

  12. The Tethys Himalayan passive margin from Late Triassic to Early Cretaceous (South Tibet)

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    Jadoul, Flavio; Berra, Fabrizio; Garzanti, Eduardo

    1998-04-01

    The Mesozoic succession of South Tibet, both in lithologies and stratigraphic thicknesses, compares much more closely with that of central Nepal than has been reported in the literature. Facies distribution, from relatively proximal environments in the south to more distal settings in the north, reflects the paleogeography of the Tethys Himalaya passive margin, representing the southern edge of Neotethys. As in central Nepal and NW Himalaya, accumulation rates increased greatly in the latest Triassic, when very thick shelfal siliciclastics and locally volcaniclastics (Tarap Formation) were followed by coastal sandstones (Zhamure Formation). Contrary to reports in the literature, this latter unit reaches well into the Liassic at least in proximal southern sectors. The base of the overlying Kioto Group, yielding rich faunal associations characterized by benthic foraminifers and Lithiotis, similar to those of western Tethys carbonate platforms, is dated as middle Liassic (most probably late Pliensbachian). The monotonous growth of carbonate ramps during the middle Liassic to early Dogger was interrupted by two siliciclastic episodes related to major paleogeographic changes in the Toarcian (middle part of the Kioto Group) and in the Bajocian-Bathonian (Laptal Formation). An early Callovian flooding event (Ferruginous Oolite Formation)—widespread all along the Tethys Himalaya—was locally followed by deposition of a markedly lenticular pelagic unit, previously reported only from the Thakkhola Graben (Dangar Formation). The overlying Spiti Shale is reduced to only 20 m in southern sectors, where it is not younger than the Oxfordian, whereas in northern sectors the unit is several tens of m thick and mainly ascribed to the Tithonian. Volcaniclastic deposition (Wölong Formation)—reported herein for the first time—probably began as early as the Kimmeridgian/early Tithonian and lasted until Aptian times, when it was replaced by sedimentation of relatively deep

  13. Cretaceous tropical carbonate platform changes used as paleoclimatic and paleoceanic indicators: the three lower Cretaceous platform crises

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    Arnaud-Vanneau, A.; Vrielynck, B.

    2009-04-01

    Carbonate platform sediments are of biogenic origin. More commonly the bioclasts are fragments of shells and skeletons. The bioclastic composition of a limestone may reflect the nature of biota inhabiting the area and a carbonate platform can be estimated as a living factory, which reflects the prevailing ecological factors. The rate of carbonate production is highest in the tropics, in oligotrophic environments, and in the photic zone. The rate of carbonate production varies greatly with temperature and nutrient input. Three types of biotic carbonate platform can be distinguished. The highest carbonate production is linked to oligotrophic carbonate platform characterized by the presence of assemblages with hermatypic corals. This type of platform is developed in shallow marine environment, nutrient poor water and warm tropical sea. A less efficient production of carbonate platform is related to mesotrophic environments in cooler and/or deeper water and associated to nutrient flux with, sometime, detrital input. The biota includes red algae, solitary coral and branching ahermatypic corals, common bryozoans, crinoids and echinoids. The less productive carbonate platform is the eutrophic muddy platform where the mud is due to the intense bacterial activity, probably related to strong nutrient flux. All changes of type of carbonate platform can be related to climatic and oceanic changes. Three platform crises occurred during lower Cretaceous time. They are followed by important turnover of microfauna (large benthic foraminifers) and microflora (marine algae). They start with the demise of the previous oligotrophic platform, they continue with oceanic perturbations, expression of which was the widespread deposition of organic-rich sediments, well expressed during Late Aptian/Albian and Cenomanian Turonian boundary and the replacement of previous oligotrophic platforms by mesotrophic to eutrophic platforms. The first crisis occurred during Valanginian and Hauterivian

  14. Latest Cretaceous and Cenozoic magmatic rocks of Alaska: polygon data

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This map is a statewide summary of magmatic (igneous) rocks grouped into geologic units that can be portrayed cartographically at 1:2,500,000. This dataset consists...

  15. High Arctic paleoenvironmental and Paleoclimatic changes in the Mid-Cretaceous

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    Herrle, Jens; Schröder-Adams, Claudia; Selby, David; Du Vivier, Alice; Flögel, Sascha; McAnena, Alison; Davis, William; Pugh, Adam; Galloway, Jennifer; Hofmann, Peter; Wagner, Thomas

    2014-05-01

    Although major progress in Cretaceous (145-66 Ma) paleoclimate and paleoceanography has been made during the last decades (e.g., Hay, 2008, 2011; Föllmi, 2012 and references therein), our knowledge of high latitudinal environmental change remains largely unknown compared to low- and mid-latitude marine and terrestrial environments. Drilling the Arctic Ocean remains challenging and expensive, whereas the Sverdrup Basin provides excellent exposures on land. To fully understand the climate and paleoceanographic dynamics of the warm, equable greenhouse world of the Cretaceous Period it is important to determine polar paleotemperatures and to study paleoceanographic changes in a well-established and continuous bio- and chemostratigraphic context. Exceptional exposures of Cretaceous sediments on the central to southern part of Axel Heiberg Island at a Cretaceous paleolatitude of about 71°N (Tarduno et al., 1998) provide a unique window on the Cretaceous Arctic paleoenvironment and climate history (Schröder-Adams et al., 2014). Here we present high-resolution records combining sedimentological studies, U-Pb zircon geochronology, marine organic carbon isotopes and initial 187Os/188Os data, TEX86-derived sea-surface temperatures (SST) and climate modelling, that constrain the timing and magnitude of major Oceanic Anoxic Events (OAEs) and climate events constructed from a ~1.8 km sedimentary succession exposed on Axel Heiberg and Ellef Ringnens islands in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago. The first high latitude application of initial 187Os/188Os data are agreeable with global profiles (Du Vivier et al., 2014) indicating the widespread magmatic pulse of the Caribbean Large Igneous Province (LIP) at the onset of OAE2 but also record the emplacement of local High Arctic LIP prior to the OAE2 in the Sverdrup Basin. Initial SST data suggest a slightly lower meridional temperature gradient during the Middle/Late Albian compared to present and a similar to the present one during

  16. The mid-cretaceous water bearer: Isotope mass balance quantification of the Albian hydrologic cycle

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    Ufnar, David F.; Gonzalez, Luis A.; Ludvigson, Greg A.; Brenner, Richard L.; Witzke, B.J.

    2002-01-01

    A latitudinal gradient in meteoric ??18O compositions compiled from paleosol sphaerosiderites throughout the Cretaceous Western Interior Basin (KWIB) (34-75??N paleolatitude) exhibits a steeper, more depleted trend than modern (predicted) values (3.0??? [34??N latitude] to 9.7??? [75??N] lighter). Furthermore, the sphaerosiderite meteoric ??18O latitudinal gradient is significantly steeper and more depleted (5.8??? [34??N] to 13.8??? [75??N] lighter) than a predicted gradient for the warm mid-Cretaceous using modern empirical temperature-??18O precipitation relationships. We have suggested that the steeper and more depleted (relative to the modern theoretical gradient) meteoric sphaerosiderite ??18O latitudinal gradient resulted from increased air mass rainout effects in coastal areas of the KWIB during the mid-Cretaceous. The sphaerosiderite isotopic data have been used to constrain a mass balance model of the hydrologic cycle in the northern hemisphere and to quantify precipitation rates of the equable 'greenhouse' Albian Stage in the KWIB. The mass balance model tracks the evolving isotopic composition of an air mass and its precipitation, and is driven by latitudinal temperature gradients. Our simulations indicate that significant increases in Albian precipitation (34-52%) and evaporation fluxes (76-96%) are required to reproduce the difference between modern and Albian meteoric siderite ??18O latitudinal gradients. Calculations of precipitation rates from model outputs suggest mid-high latitude precipitation rates greatly exceeded modern rates (156-220% greater in mid latitudes [2600-3300 mm/yr], 99% greater at high latitudes [550 mm/yr]). The calculated precipitation rates are significantly different from the precipitation rates predicted by some recent general circulation models (GCMs) for the warm Cretaceous, particularly in the mid to high latitudes. Our mass balance model by no means replaces GCMs. However, it is a simple and effective means of obtaining

  17. Novel Insect Leaf-Mining after the End-Cretaceous Extinction and the Demise of Cretaceous Leaf Miners, Great Plains, USA

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    Donovan, Michael P.; Wilf, Peter; Labandeira, Conrad C.; Johnson, Kirk R; Peppe, Daniel J.

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    Plant and associated insect-damage diversity in the western U.S.A. decreased significantly at the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary and remained low until the late Paleocene. However, the Mexican Hat locality (ca. 65 Ma) in southeastern Montana, with a typical, low-diversity flora, uniquely exhibits high damage diversity on nearly all its host plants, when compared to all known local and regional early Paleocene sites. The same plant species show minimal damage elsewhere during the early P...

  18. Group X

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    Fields, Susannah

    2007-08-16

    This project is currently under contract for research through the Department of Homeland Security until 2011. The group I was responsible for studying has to remain confidential so as not to affect the current project. All dates, reference links and authors, and other distinguishing characteristics of the original group have been removed from this report. All references to the name of this group or the individual splinter groups has been changed to 'Group X'. I have been collecting texts from a variety of sources intended for the use of recruiting and radicalizing members for Group X splinter groups for the purpose of researching the motivation and intent of leaders of those groups and their influence over the likelihood of group radicalization. This work included visiting many Group X websites to find information on splinter group leaders and finding their statements to new and old members. This proved difficult because the splinter groups of Group X are united in beliefs, but differ in public opinion. They are eager to tear each other down, prove their superiority, and yet remain anonymous. After a few weeks of intense searching, a list of eight recruiting texts and eight radicalizing texts from a variety of Group X leaders were compiled.

  19. New observations on the holopodid crinoid genus Cyathidium Steenstrup from the lower Turonian of the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin, Czech Republic

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    Žítt, Jiří; Vodrážka, Radek; Zágoršek, K.

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 51, September (2014), s. 56-69. ISSN 0195-6671 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : Cyrtocrinoidea * growth * taphonomy * palaeoecology * Upper Cretaceous Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 1.904, year: 2014

  20. Detrital zircon geochronology of the Cretaceous succession from the Iberian Atlantic Margin: palaeogeographic implications

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    Dinis, Pedro A.; Dinis, Jorge; Tassinari, Colombo; Carter, Andy; Callapez, Pedro; Morais, Manuel

    2016-04-01

    Detrital zircon U-Pb data performed on eight Cretaceous sandstone samples (819 age isotopic results) from the Lusitanian basin (west Portugal) constrain the history of uplift and palaeodrainage of western Iberia following break-up of Pangaea and opening of the North Atlantic Ocean. We examined the links between shifts in provenance and known basinwide unconformities dated to the late Berriasian, Barremian, late Aptian and Cenomanian-Turonian. The detrital zircon record of sedimentary rocks with wider supplying areas is relatively homogenous, being characterized by a clear predominance of late Palaeozoic ages (c. 375-275 Ma) together with variable proportions of ages in the range c. 800-460 Ma. These two groups of ages are diagnostic of sources within the Variscan Iberian Massif. A few samples also reveal significant amounts of middle Palaeozoic (c. 420-385 Ma) and late Mesoproterozoic to early Neoproterozoic (c. 1.2-0.9 Ga) zircon, which are almost absent in the basement to the east of the Lusitanian basin, but are common in terranes with a Laurussia affinity found in NW Iberia and the conjugate margin (Newfoundland). The Barremian unconformity marks a sudden rise in the proportion of c. 375-275 Ma zircon ages accompanied by a decrease in the abundance of the c. 420-385 Ma and c. 1.2-0.9 Ga ages. This shift in the zircon signature, which is contemporaneous with the separation of the Galicia Bank from Flemish Cap, reflects increased denudation of Variscan crystalline rocks and a reduction in source material from NW Iberia and adjoining areas. The late Aptian unconformity, which represents the largest hiatus in the sedimentary record, is reflected by a shift in late Palaeozoic peak ages from c. 330-310 Ma (widespread in Iberia) to c. 310-290 Ma (more frequent in N Iberia). It is considered that this shift in the age spectra resulted from a westward migration of catchment areas following major uplift in northern Iberia and some transport southward from the Bay of

  1. Group Flow and Group Genius

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    Sawyer, Keith

    2015-01-01

    Keith Sawyer views the spontaneous collaboration of group creativity and improvisation actions as "group flow," which organizations can use to function at optimum levels. Sawyer establishes ideal conditions for group flow: group goals, close listening, complete concentration, being in control, blending egos, equal participation, knowing…

  2. Timing and Kinematics of Cretaceous to Paleogene inversion at the SE margin of the Central European Basin System: Part 2, Thermochronology

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    Hoffmann, V.-E.; Dunkl, I.; von Eynatten, H.; Jähne, F.; Voigt, T.; Kley, J.

    2009-04-01

    mixed age information two different age groups can be recognized. A major group that is similar to the one reported above points to a short but intense pulse of exhumation and inversion in Coniacian to Campanian time. A younger, less significant age cluster yields information on a second phase of cooling and exhumation in the Paleocene-Eocene. The length distribution of AFT data leads to the assumption of rapid, partially multi-phase, exhumation events. In addition, the data of this study provides indications for thick Jurassic burial that likely reflect phases of Mesozoic extensional tectonics in at least parts of the CEBS. Jacobs, J., Breitkreuz, C. (2003): Zircon and apatite fission-track thermochronology of Late Carboniferous volcanic rocks of the NE German Basin. International Journal of Earth Sciences (Geologische Rundschau), 92, 165-172. Thomson, S., Brix, M., Carter, A. (1997): Late Cretaceous denudation of the Harz Massif assessed by apatite fission track analysis. In: G. Büchel and H. Lützner (Editors), Regionale Geologie von Mitteleuropa, 149. Hauptversammlung Deutsche Geologische Gesellschaft, Jena. Schriftenreihe der Deutschen Geologischen Gesellschaft, 3, 115. Thomson, S.N., Zeh, A. (2000): Fission-track thermochronology of the Ruhla Crystalline Complex:. New constraints on the post-Variscan thermal evolution of the NW Saxo-Bohemian Massif. Tectonophysics, 324, 17-35. Ventura, B., Lisker, F., Kopp, J. (2003): Apatite fission track data from the dill-core Züllsdorf 1/63: implications for the reconstruction of the post Variscan exhumation of the Mid German Crystalline High. Zeitschrift für Geologische Wissenschaften, 31, 251-261. Voigt, T., Wiese, F., von Eynatten, H., Franzke, H.-J. & Gaupp, R. (2006): Facies evolution of syntectonic Upper Cretaceous deposits in the Subhercynian Cretaceous Basin and adjoining areas (Germany). Zeitschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Geowissenschaften, 157/2, 203-244.

  3. MIDDLE JURASSIC-LOWER CRETACEOUS BIOSTRATIGRAPHY IN THE CENTRAL PONTIDES (TURKEY): REMARKS ON PALEOGEOGRAPHY AND TECTONIC EVOLUTION

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    BORA ROJAY; DEMIR ALTINER

    1998-01-01

    The deposition of Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous carbonates in the Pontides was controlled mainly by the evolution of an Atlantic-type continental margin in the Tethys. The study of several stratigraphic sections from allochthonous slices and blocks of the North Anatolian Ophiolitic Melange provided insight into the Middle Jurassic-Early Cretaceous paleogeographic evolution of the Central Pontide Belt. The Callovian-Aptian successions span the Globuligerina gr. oxfordiana, Clypeina jurassica (equi...

  4. DE GESTAS, DE SALVAJES Y DE MÁRTIRES. EL RELATO MAESTRO SOBRE EL FUERTE SAN JOSÉ RECONSIDERADO DESDE LA ARQUEOLOGÍA HISTÓRICA (PENÍNSULA VALDÉS, PCIA. DE CHUBUT, SIGLO XVIII / Savages, Epics and Martyrs. The Master Narrative about San Jose Fort reconside

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    Marcia Bianchi Villelli

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Desde inicios del siglo XX hasta el presente, la historiografía tradicional argentina se ha ocupado de estudiar la colonización española de costa patagónica de fines del siglo XVIII. La perspectiva desarrollada hasta 1980 se vinculaba principalmente a ámbitos conservadores de la historia que generaron una imagen fuertemente eurocéntrica y colonialista tanto del proceso de poblamiento como de cada uno de los tres asentamientos instalados sobre la costa patagónica entre 1779 y 1780 (el Fuerte Nuestra Señora del Carmen -Carmen de Patagones, Pcia. de Buenos Aires-, la Nueva Colonia y Fuerte de Floridablanca -Puerto San Julián, Pcia. de Santa Cruz- y el Fuerte San José -Península Valdés, Pcia. de Chubut.A partir de nuevas investigaciones realizadas en el Fuerte San José, el presente trabajo discutelas aproximaciones históricas tradicionales al mismo. Desde una perspectiva descolonial, se busca mostrar cómo el relato maestro historiográfico es solidario con la construcción del estado nación argentino, apoyándose en una mirada retrospectiva para legitimar su profundidad temporal y extensión espacial. De este modo, proponemos desde la arqueología histórica exponer la materialidad de nuevas tramas de sentidos para comprender proceso colonial en Patagonia, visibilizando otros espacios, actores, procesos y materialidades que habían quedado desdibujados en el relato maestro de la historiografía provincial y nacional.   Abstract  From the beginnings of the twentieth century up to present day, Argentinian traditional historiography has studied the late eighteenth century Spanish colonization of the Patagonian coast. The viewpoint developed until 1980 was mainly linked to conservative environmentsof historythat generated a strong Eurocentric and colonialist image of both, the process of settlement andof each of the three installed settlements on the Patagonian coast between 1779 and 1780 (Nuestra Señora del Carmen Fort -Carmen de

  5. Terpenoid composition and botanical affinity of Cretaceous resins from India and Myanmar

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    Dutta, Suryendu; Mallick, Monalisa [Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (India); Kumar, Kishor [Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Uttarakhand (India); Mann, Ulrich [Forschungzentrum Juelich (Germany). Institut fuer Chemie und Dynamik der Geosphaere; Greenwood, Paul F. [John De Laeter Mass Spectrometry and WA Biogeochemistry Centres (M090), University of Western Australia, Crawley (Australia)

    2011-01-01

    Fossil resins from the Cretaceous sediments of Meghalaya, India and Kachin, Myanmar (Burma) were analysed using Curie point pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and thermochemolysis gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to help elucidate their botanical source. The major pyrolysis products and methyl-esterified thermochemolysis products of both the resins were abietane and labdane type diterpenoids with minor amount of sesquiterpenoids. The thermochemolysis products also included methyl-16,17-dinor callitrisate, methyl-16,17-dinor dehydroabietate and methyl-8-pimaren-18-oate - the latter two from just the Myanmarese resin. The exclusive presence of both labdane and abietane diterpenoids and the lack of phenolic terpenoids may suggest that the studied Cretaceous resins were derived from Pinaceae (pine family) conifers. (author)

  6. The Cretaceous of the Eastern Bangong-Nujiang Suture Zone (Tibet):Tectono-Sedimentation

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    Pujun Wang; Frank Mattern; Werner Schneider; Wanzhu Liu; Shikai Li; Cai Li

    2003-01-01

    The ophiolite-bearing Bangong-Nujiang zone (BNZ) traversing central Tibet from east to west separates the Qiangtang block in the north from the Lhasa block in the south. The Cretaceous of the area includes Chuanba Formation (K1c), Duoba Formation (K1d), Langshan Formation (K1l) and Jiangba Formation (K2j). The K1c is composed of black shale,sandy pelite, siltstone, sandstone, coal beds and volcanic rocks, of shallow marine facies. The K1d consists of terrestrial siliciclastics intercalated with some calcareous sandstone beds bearing Orbitolina sp. indicating marine influence. The K1j is carbonate platform deposits of shallow marine and lagoon. The K2j is characterized by terrestrial thick massive red conglomerate. An active margin related to B-subduction zone is considered to be the geological setting of the Cretaceous sedimentation.

  7. High geomagnetic intensity during the mid-Cretaceous from Thellier analyses of single plagioclase crystals.

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    Tarduno, J A; Cottrell, R D; Smirnov, A V

    2001-03-01

    Recent numerical simulations have yielded the most efficient geodynamo, having the largest dipole intensity when reversal frequency is low. Reliable paleointensity data are limited but heretofore have suggested that reversal frequency and paleointensity are decoupled. We report data from 56 Thellier-Thellier experiments on plagioclase crystals separated from basalts of the Rajmahal Traps (113 to 116 million years old) of India that formed during the Cretaceous Normal Polarity Superchron. These data suggest a time-averaged paleomagnetic dipole moment of 12.5 +/- 1.4 x 10(22) amperes per square meter, three times greater than mean Cenozoic and Early Cretaceous-Late Jurassic dipole moments when geomagnetic reversals were frequent. This result supports a correlation between intervals of low reversal frequency and high geomagnetic field strength. PMID:11230692

  8. Bonitasaura salgadoi gen. et sp. nov.: a beaked sauropod from the Late Cretaceous of Patagonia

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    Apesteguía, Sebastián

    2004-10-01

    Ornithischian and theropod dinosaurs were morphologically diverse during the Cretaceous. In contrast, sauropods were relatively more conservative. The anatomy of Bonitasaura salgadoi, a new 9-m titanosaurian sauropod from Upper Cretaceous beds of Patagonia, suggests that sauropod anatomical diversity would have included unexpected items. Its unusual, rectangular lower jaw possesses narrow, anteriorly restricted teeth and shows evidence of a sharp keratinous sheath over the non-dentigerous region that probably worked to guillotine plant material. This discovery definitely demonstrates that titanosaurs acquired a mandibular configuration similar to that of some basal diplodocoids, as had already been suggested by the lower jaw of the controversial genus Antarctosaurus. This oral configuration, plus the beak-like structure and the skull shape, resemble some traits more commonly seen in Laurasian ornithischians, mostly unexpressed in southern continents. A high sauropod morphological diversity seems to be in agreement with the poorly represented ornithischian clades of the southern hemisphere.

  9. The lower cretaceous volcanism in the coastal range of Central Chile: Geochronology and isotopic geochemistry

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    Major factors involved in subduction zone magmatism are related to the melting of the underlying mantle, which can contain a component of aqueous fluid and/or melts derived from the subducting plate (e.g. Peate et al., 1997). The Chilean Pacific margin is a subduction zone, active from Early Mesozoic to now, in which the magmatic arc emplaced on the Paleozoic basement progressively migrate to the east. The western part of this arc constitutes the Coastal Range. In this work, isotopic and radiometric data from four E-W profiles along c. 500 km of the Lower Cretaceous volcanic rocks in the Coastal Range of Chile are presented. The aim of this research is to obtain a model for the genesis of this Cretaceous volcanic arc based on their isotopic signature (au)

  10. NEW PTEROSAUR SPECIMENS FROM THE KEM KEM BEDS (UPPER CRETACEOUS, CENOMANIAN OF MOROCCO

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    TAISSA RODRIGUES

    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available Although pterosaurs from Africa are still rare, in recent years several specimens have been described from the Kem Kem beds (Upper Cretaceous, Cenomanian of Morocco. Here we describe four additional specimens from this informal lithostratigraphic unit: a jaw fragment, two mid-cervical vertebrae, and a humerus. All these specimens show three-dimensional preservation, differing much from the flat condition found in most pterosaur material. The vertebrae are particularly well preserved, and allow accurate observations on the pneumatization of the neural arch. Based on comparable material, we show that at least two edentulous pterosaur species were present in this informal lithostratigraphic unit, thus adding to the growing evidence of considerable pterosaur diversity in northwestern Africa during the "middle" Cretaceous. So far, the Kem Kem beds have the most diverse pterosaur fauna in this continent, with the presence of anhanguerids, azhdarchids, pteranodontids, and tapejarids. 

  11. Record of the genus Aeolosaurus (Sauropoda, Titanosauria) in the Late Cretaceous of South America: paleogeographic implications

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    The Upper Cretaceous of South America has yielded fossils of the Aeolosaurini titanosaurian Aeolosaurus from Argentina (from the Allen, Los Alamitos, Angostura Colorada, and Bajo Barreal formations) and Brazil (Adamantina and Marilia formations). To date, four Aeolosaurus species have been recognized: Aeolosaurus colhuehuapensis, Aeolosaurus rionegrinus, A. rionegrinus? and Aeolosaurus sp. Gondwanatitan faustoi, recently considered a junior synonym of Aeolosaurus, is here demonstrated to be a valid taxon. The occurrence of Aeolosaurus in Turonian-Santonian rocks of central Brazil and in Campanian-Maastrichtian deposits of Argentina suggests that the temporal and geographic distribution of aeolosaurines was greater than previously recognized. The Aeolosaurus records from the Maastrichtian Marilia Formation of Brazil demonstrate that this genus persisted after the marine incursion that occurred in northern Patagonia during the Campanian-Maastrichtian. The Late Cretaceous tetrapod assemblages of central Brazil and Patagonia are comparable in age and fossil content. (Author).

  12. Solid state {sup 13}C NMR analysis of Brazilian cretaceous ambers

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    Pereira, Ricardo; Azevedo, Debora A., E-mail: ricardopereira@iq.ufrj.b, E-mail: debora@iq.ufrj.b [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IQ/UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica. Lab. de Geoquimica Organica Molecular e Ambiental; San Gil, Rosane A.S. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IQ/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Quimica. Lab. de RMN de Solidos; Carvalho, Ismar S. [Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Inst. de Geociencias. Dept. de Geologia; Fernandes, Antonio Carlos S. [Museu Nacional (MN/UFRJ), RJ (Brazil). Dept. de Geologia e Paleontologia

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    {sup 13}C cross polarization with magic angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance ({sup 13}C CPMAS NMR) spectra have been obtained for the first time to three Cretaceous amber samples from South America. The samples were dated to Lower Cretaceous and collected in sediments from the Amazonas, Araripe and Reconcavo basins, Brazil. All samples have very similar spectra, consistent with a common paleobotanical source. Some aspects of the spectra suggest a relationship between Brazilian ambers and Araucariaceae family, such as intense resonances at 38-39 ppm. All samples are constituted by polylabdane structure associated to Class Ib resins, constituted by polymers of labdanoid diterpenes. Finally, information concerning some structural changes during maturation, such as isomerization of {Delta}{sup 8(17)} and {Delta}{sup 12(13)} unsaturations, were obtained by {sup 13}C NMR analyses. The results concerning botanical affinities are in accordance with previous results obtained by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). (author)

  13. Octopods: Nude ammonoids that survived the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary mass extinction

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    Lewy, Z.

    1996-07-01

    Certain ammonoids changed the mode of coiling or the growth angle of their last body chamber, constricted the terminal aperture, or developed apertural processes, which restricted all life functions. The modified terminal body chamber of macroconchs apparently functioned as a floating egg case for a single breeding phase. The young that hatched from tiny eggs fed on the enclosed female corpse. This same breeding strategy is executed by the extant octopod Argonauta. As a nude cephalopod, the sexually mature female secretes an egg case, which resembles Cretaceous ammonites, for the tiny eggs. The remarkable similarity in mode of breeding between Argonauta and ammonoids with modified terminal body chambers suggests that the ancestral argonautid was a nude ammonoid. Other octopods, which lay large, yolk-rich eggs attached onto substrates, likewise originate from ancestral nude ammonoids, which, however, did not breed in a floating egg case. Nude ammonoids crossed the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary, as did the genuine coleoids comprising rudimentary endoskeletons.

  14. Taphonomy and palaeoecology of the gastropod fauna from a Late Cretaceous rocky shore, Sweden

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    Sørensen, Anne Mehlin; Surlyk, Finn

    2011-01-01

    A gastropod fauna comprising 17 species, each represented by a limited number of specimens, is described from a Late Cretaceous, late early Campanian rocky shore at Ivö Klack, southern Sweden. The gastropod fauna is associated with the most diverse ancient rocky shore fauna ever found. However, the...... low gastropod species diversity compared to the faunas of modern rocky shores is ascribed to taphonomic factors, notably dissolution of the aragonitic shells, but the predominance of epifaunal herbivores is indicative of a guild structure similar to that found on modern rocky shores. The presence of...... preservation of such drill holes difficult, since the majority of infaunal prey such as burrowing bivalves has aragonitic shells which are not preserved. The relatively high number of species in comparison to many other Late Cretaceous rocky shore faunas, offers an opportunity to compare gastropod guild...

  15. Group morphology

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    Roerdink, Jos B.T.M.

    2000-01-01

    In its original form, mathematical morphology is a theory of binary image transformations which are invariant under the group of Euclidean translations. This paper surveys and extends constructions of morphological operators which are invariant under a more general group TT, such as the motion group

  16. Abelian Groups

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    Mishina, A.P.

    1995-10-15

    This fifth survey of reviews on abelian groups comprises papers reviewed in 1985-1992. Just as in the preceding surveys, the issues concerning finite abelian groups, topological groups, ordered groups, group algebras, modules (with rare exceptions), and topics on logic are not considered. The issues on the lattice of subgroups of an abelian group are included in Section 11. In contrast to the fourth survey, this one does not contain Sections 6 (N-high subgroups), 9 (rings with a given additive group), and 10 (valuated groups); since only a few papers treated these topics, the material discussed earlier in Sections 9, and 10 is now included in Section 11 and the material of the former Section 6 will be found in Sections 1, 7, 8, and 11 of this survey. On the other hand, the fifth survey has three new sections devoted to separable groups (a new Sect. 5), Butler groups (a new Sect. 6), and the endormorphism rings and automorphism groups of abelian groups (a new Sect. 9).

  17. Upper Cretaceous chalk facies and depositional history recorded in the Mona-1 core, Mona Ridge, Danish North Sea

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    Finn Surlyk

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The 331 m long core from the Mona-1 well in the Danish North Sea spans almost the entire Upper Cretaceous Chalk Group but only about 10% of Late Cretaceous time is represented. The succession comprises 14 facies representing pelagic deposition, turbidity flow, and mass-transport processes, including mudflow, debris flow, and slumping. Pelagic deposits vary mainly in terms of the concentration of siliciclastic material, the trace-fossil assemblage, and the presence or ab¬sence of primary sedimentary structures. Pelagic sedimentation was probably punctuated by the deposition of thin turbidites, and the resultant deposits were thoroughly bioturbated if deposited during normal oxygenation at the sea floor. Periodic benthic dysoxia resulted in the preservation of primary structures, as represented by laminated chalk which consists of thin pelagic laminae alternating with thin turbidites. In addition to the thin turbidites in the laminated chalk, four dif¬ferent turbidite facies are interpreted as representing high- to low-energy flows. Clast-supported chalk conglomerates have previously not been differentiated from other turbidites, but are here interpreted to be directly related to the down-slope evolution of debris flows. Debris flows are rep¬resented by matrix-supported conglomerates, which form one of the most common facies in the succession. High-concentration, gravity-driven suspension flows passed into dilute visco-plastic flows during the final stages of deposition and resulted in the deposition of structureless chalks. Limited shear deformation produced distinct quasi-facies from which the precursor facies can be deduced, whereas intense or continued shear deformation produced a shear-banded quasi-facies from which the precursor facies cannot be deduced in all cases. A series of major slump packages (14–18 in total are interpreted, forming over 40% of the succession; debrites appear to be the most common precursor facies involved in

  18. Upper Cretaceous chalk facies and depositional history recorded in the Mona-1 core, Mona Ridge, Danish North Sea: Plate 1

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    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available The 331 m long core from the Mona-1 well in the Danish North Sea spans almost the entire Upper Cretaceous Chalk Group but only about 10% of Late Cretaceous time is represented. The succession comprises 14 facies representing pelagic deposition, turbidity flow, and mass-transport processes, including mudflow, debris flow, and slumping. Pelagic deposits vary mainly in terms of the concentration of siliciclastic material, the trace-fossil assemblage, and the presence or ab¬sence of primary sedimentary structures. Pelagic sedimentation was probably punctuated by the deposition of thin turbidites, and the resultant deposits were thoroughly bioturbated if deposited during normal oxygenation at the sea floor. Periodic benthic dysoxia resulted in the preservation of primary structures, as represented by laminated chalk which consists of thin pelagic laminae alternating with thin turbidites. In addition to the thin turbidites in the laminated chalk, four dif¬ferent turbidite facies are interpreted as representing high- to low-energy flows. Clast-supported chalk conglomerates have previously not been differentiated from other turbidites, but are here interpreted to be directly related to the down-slope evolution of debris flows. Debris flows are rep¬resented by matrix-supported conglomerates, which form one of the most common facies in the succession. High-concentration, gravity-driven suspension flows passed into dilute visco-plastic flows during the final stages of deposition and resulted in the deposition of structureless chalks. Limited shear deformation produced distinct quasi-facies from which the precursor facies can be deduced, whereas intense or continued shear deformation produced a shear-banded quasi-facies from which the precursor facies cannot be deduced in all cases. A series of major slump packages (14–18 in total are interpreted, forming over 40% of the succession; debrites appear to be the most common precursor facies involved in

  19. Palynology of "black shale" sequences near the Cenomanian/Turonian boundary (Bohemian Cretaceous Basin, Czech Republic)

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    Svobodová, Marcela

    Bratislava : Štátny geologický ústav Dionýza Štúra, 2007 - (Zlinská, A.). s. 88-88 ISBN 978-80-88974-91-8. [Paleontologická konferencia /8./. 14.06.2007-15.06.2007, Bratislava] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Cenomanian-Turonian boundary * palynomorphs * Bohemian Cretaceous Basin Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  20. A new species of Baierella from the Krasnyi Yar locality, early Cretaceous of western Transbaikalia

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    Bugdaeva, E.V.; Markevich, V.S. [Russian Academy of Science, Vladivostok (Russian Federation). Inst. of Biology & Soil Science

    2007-11-15

    Plant remains of Baierella R. Potonie (Ginkgoales) were found for the first time in the Lower Cretaceous deposits of the Khilok Formation (Buryatia Republic), where they form a thin coal bed. A new species, B. averianovii, is described from the Krasnyi Yar locality. The monodominant burial of the new species in combination with pollen grains of Ginkgocycadophytus prevailing in the relevant palynological assemblage allows the authors to reconstruct a monospecific woody wetland plant community.

  1. A new Lower Cretaceous bird from China and tooth reduction in early avian evolution

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    Zhou, Zhonghe; Li, Fucheng Zhang Zhiheng

    2009-01-01

    A new avian genus and species, Zhongjianornis yangi gen. et sp. nov., is reported from the Lower Cretaceous lacustrine deposits of the Jiufotang Formation in Liaoning, northeast China. The new taxon is characterized by possessing the following combination of features: upper and lower jaws toothless, snout pointed, humerus with large and robust deltopectoral crest, second phalanx of the major manual digit longer than the first phalanx, unguals of the alular and major digits of similar length a...

  2. Porosphaera globularis (Phillips, 1829) (Porifera, Calcarea) in the Campanian (Upper Cretaceous) of extra-Carpathian Poland

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    Jurkowska, Agata; Świerczewska-Gładysz, Ewa; Dubicka, Zofia; Olszewska-Nejbert, Danuta

    2015-03-01

    The stratigraphical distribution of Porosphaera globularis, a common calcareous sponge in the Upper Cretaceous (mostly Campanian and Maastrichtian) of Poland was studied. The presented material, both new and from museum collections, comes from the Campanian of the Miechow Synclinorium, in southern Poland, and from the Lower Campanian of Mielnik in the south-eastern part of the Mazury-Podlasie Homocline, in eastern Poland. The significance of the species in extra-regional correlation, its palaeobiogeography and stratigraphical potential is critically reviewed.

  3. Calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy and depositional history of the late Cretaceous to early Miocene sequence of Iraq

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    Starkie, S. P.

    1994-01-01

    This thesis presents a new calcareous nannofossil based zonation scheme for Iraq based upon the examination of 515 drill cutting, conventional core and bit samples from both southern and northern Iraq. This zonation consists of 13 zones and 7 subzones covering the Late Cretaceous to Early Miocene. To date no detailed nannofossil zonation scheme was available for Iraq and therefore the nannofossil zonation presented here breaks new ground. The new zonation scheme has also been successfully cor...

  4. A new family of aphids (Hemiptera, Sternorrhyncha from the Lower Cretaceous of Baissa, Transbaikalia

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    Agnieszka Homan

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available The family Rasnitsynaphididae fam. n. has a unique combination of characters: 9-segmented antennae; rhinaria arranged in many transverse rows, surrounding the antennal segments; segment IX narrower than other segments of flagellum, always without rhinaria; cubitus branches separated; ovipositor present; siphuncular pores absent. The new family comprises the genus Rasnitsynaphis gen. n. with three species, R. ennearticulata sp. n., R. coniuncta sp. n., and R. quadrata sp. n., all from the Lower Cretaceous of Transbaikalia.

  5. Biostratigraphy and microfacies of the cretaceous sediments in the Indus Basin, Pakistan

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    Khan, Suleman

    2013-01-01

    In this thesis I document the biostratigraphy of two Cretaceous sections in Pakistan, the Chichali Nala Section and the Moghal Kot Section. Furthermore, I document the stratigraphy of the so-called Oceanic Anoxic Events (OAEs) in the Moghal Kot Section. In addition, I establish potential links between the planktonic foraminiferal evolution and these OAEs in the Moghal Kot Section. Sea Surface Temperatures (SSTs) are established for the Valanginian time by using the TEX86 and δ1...

  6. Terrestrial catastrophe caused by cometary impact at the end of Cretaceous

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    Hsü, Kenneth J.

    1980-05-01

    Evidence is presented indicating that the extinction, at the end of the Cretaceous, of large terrestrial animals was caused by atmospheric heating during a cometary impact and that the extinction of calcareous marine plankton was a consequence of poisoning by cyanide released by the fallen comet and of a catastrophic rise in calcite-compensation depth in the oceans after the detoxification of the cyanide.

  7. Paleomagnetism of rocks from Sumba: tectonic implications since the late Cretaceous

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    Wensink, H.

    1994-01-01

    The island of Sumba (Southeast Indonesia) is a continental fragment that is situated in the transition zone from the Sunda Arc to the Banda Arc, between the active volcanic inner arc to the north and the locally less well developed outer arc to the south. On Sumba, rock samples for paleomagnetic research have been collected from three formations: (a) the late Cretaceous Lasipu Formation; (b) the Paleocene Massu Formation; (c) the early Miocene Jawila Formation. The sediments of the Lasipu For...

  8. A Multilocus Molecular Phylogeny of the Parrots (Psittaciformes): Support for a Gondwanan Origin during the Cretaceous

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    Wright, Timothy F.; Schirtzinger, Erin E.; Matsumoto, Tania; Eberhard, Jessica R.; Graves, Gary R; Sanchez, Juan J.; Capelli, Sara; Müller, Heinrich; Scharpegge, Julia; Geoffrey K Chambers; Robert C Fleischer

    2008-01-01

    The question of when modern birds (Neornithes) first diversified has generated much debate among avian systematists. Fossil evidence generally supports a Tertiary diversification, whereas estimates based on molecular dating favor an earlier diversification in the Cretaceous period. In this study, we used an alternate approach, the inference of historical biogeographic patterns, to test the hypothesis that the initial radiation of the Order Psittaciformes (the parrots and cockatoos) originated...

  9. Late Cretaceous marine transgressions in Ecuador and northern Peru: a refined stratigraphic framework.

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    Jaillard, Etienne; Bengtson, Peter; Dhondt, Annie V.

    2005-01-01

    Study of ammonites and bivalves along selected sections on the Andean margin of northern Peru and Ecuador has made it possible to recognize correlatable marine transgressions and to propose a refined stratigraphic framework for the Upper Cretaceous of the region. Six maximum flooding events are recognized: latest Turonian–early Coniacian (major event), late Coniacian–early Santonian, late Santonian–early Campanian, mid Campanian–early late Campanian (major event), early Maastrichtian (major e...

  10. The oldest micropepline beetle from Cretaceous Burmese amber and its phylogenetic implications (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae)

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    Cai, Chen-Yang; Huang, Di-Ying

    2014-10-01

    The staphylinid subfamily Micropeplinae includes small strongly sclerotized beetles with truncate elytra leaving the most part of abdomen exposed. Fossil micropeplines are rare and confined to Cenozoic representatives of extant genera. Here, we describe the oldest micropepline, Protopeplus cretaceus gen. and sp. n., from the Upper Cretaceous Burmese amber. Fluorescence microscope and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) were both used to reveal diagnostic features of Micropeplinae and some primitive traits that place Protopeplus very basally within Micropeplinae.

  11. Effect of Cretaceous oceanic anoxic events on the evolutionary trend of planktonic foraminifera

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    Kuroyanagi, A.; Ozaki, K.; Kawahata, H.

    2014-12-01

    It is widely thought that oceanic redox state is essential for the evolutionary history of life on the earth, and "anoxic events" have been proposed as one of the causal mechanisms for mass extinctions. During mid-Cretaceous, widely known as the extremely warm period, oceanic anoxic events (OAEs) occurred several times and they would have caused a substantial impact on the biosphere. Planktonic foraminifera are marine planktons with calcite tests and their productions constitute ~30-80% of the modern deep-marine calcite budget, thus they play an important role in the global carbon cycle. Previous study reported that planktonic foraminifera displayed the high turnover (extinction and speciation) rate at or near the major OAEs. However, the impact of Cretaceous OAEs on the evolutionary trend of planktonic foraminifera remains obscure. In this study, we investigated the role of spatiotemporal extent of anoxia on the evolutionary trend of planktonic foraminifera by assessing the extinction/speciation rate of planktonic foraminifera around Cretaceous OAEs. The number of foraminiferal species increased across the OAE1a and then showed a peak after this episode. Around OAE2, several planktonic foraminifera species became extinct and several speciated, however, long-term trends in foraminiferal evolution showed no drastic changes near the event. Therefore these results suggest that the ocean surface environment at OAEs would not have a direct effect on foraminiferal extinction/speciation. This interpretation is reinforced when considering the recent culturing results, which demonstrate that modern planktonic foraminifera have a high tolerance to extremely low dissolved oxygen levels than expected. Accumulating geochemical data also suggest a spatial heterogeneity of oceanic anoxia/euxinia during OAE2. These results lead us to conclude that Cretaceous OAEs would not directly related to planktonic foraminiferal extinction due to regional distribution of anoxia/euxinia.

  12. Rockmagnetic investigation of upper Jurassic and lower Cretaceous sediments from Nutzhof, Austria

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    Schnabl, Petr; Pruner, Petr; Lukeneder, A.

    2008-01-01

    Roč. 38, special issue (2008), s. 121-122. ISSN 1335-2806. [Paleo, Rock and Environmental Magnetism. Castle Meeting /11./. 22.06.2008-28.06.2008, Bojnice] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA205/07/1365 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Jurassic * Cretaceous boundary * rockmagnetism * Nutzhof (Austria) Subject RIV: DE - Earth Magnetism, Geodesy, Geography http://gauss.savba.sk/GPIweb/conferences/nt2008/abstr/Schnabl-1.pdf

  13. Ichnology of the Cretaceous Oceanic Red Beds (Outer Western Carpathians, Czech Republic)

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    Mikuláš, Radek; Skupien, P.; Bubík, M.; Vašíček, Zdeněk

    2009-01-01

    Roč. 60, č. 3 (2009), s. 233-250. ISSN 1335-0552 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA205/05/0917 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516; CEZ:AV0Z30860518 Keywords : Upper Cretaceous * Western Carpathians * hemipelagic * ichnofossils * ichnofabric * red beds Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 0.963, year: 2009 http://www.geologicacarpathica.sk/src/main.php

  14. Principal results of Boreal - Tethyan correlation of the Jurassic – Cretaceous boundary by magnetostratigraphy

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    Houša, Václav; Pruner, Petr; Zakharov, V.; Košťák, M.; Chadima, Martin; Rogov, M.; Šlechta, Stanislav; Mazuch, M.

    Tunis : Faculty of Sciences of Bizerte ; Faculty of Sciences of Tunis ; Tunisian Association of Natural Sciences, 2008 - (Boughdiri, M.; Soussi, M.). s. 81-82 [International Symposium of IGCP 506 /5./. 28.03.2008-31.03.2008, Hammamet] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA205/07/1365 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : magnetostratigraphy * Boreal-Tethyan correlation * Jurassic * Cretaceous boundary Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy

  15. Carbonate sedimentation in an extensional active margin: Cretaceous history of the Haymana region, Pontides

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    Okay, Aral I.; Altiner, Demir

    2016-03-01

    The Haymana region in Central Anatolia is located in the southern part of the Pontides close to the İzmir-Ankara suture. During the Cretaceous, the region formed part of the south-facing active margin of the Eurasia. The area preserves a nearly complete record of the Cretaceous system. Shallow marine carbonates of earliest Cretaceous age are overlain by a 700-m-thick Cretaceous sequence, dominated by deep marine limestones. Three unconformity-bounded pelagic carbonate sequences of Berriasian, Albian-Cenomanian and Turonian-Santonian ages are recognized: Each depositional sequence is preceded by a period of tilting and submarine erosion during the Berriasian, early Albian and late Cenomanian, which corresponds to phases of local extension in the active continental margin. Carbonate breccias mark the base of the sequences and each carbonate sequence steps down on older units. The deep marine carbonate deposition ended in the late Santonian followed by tilting, erosion and folding during the Campanian. Deposition of thick siliciclastic turbidites started in the late Campanian and continued into the Tertiary. Unlike most forearc basins, the Haymana region was a site of deep marine carbonate deposition until the Campanian. This was because the Pontide arc was extensional and the volcanic detritus was trapped in the intra-arc basins and did not reach the forearc or the trench. The extensional nature of the arc is also shown by the opening of the Black Sea as a backarc basin in the Turonian-Santonian. The carbonate sedimentation in an active margin is characterized by synsedimentary vertical displacements, which results in submarine erosion, carbonate breccias and in the lateral discontinuity of the sequences, and differs from blanket like carbonate deposition in the passive margins.

  16. Exploring the feedbacks between Cretaceous ocean circulation, oceanic redox dynamics and sediment diagenesis

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    Arndt, Sandra; Regnier, Pierre; Donnadieu, Yannick; Godderis, Yves

    2010-05-01

    The Mid-Cretaceous oceanic anoxic events (OAEs) are witnesses of major perturbations of the Earth climate, which resulted from important changes in structure of the ocean-atmosphere system and its biogeochemical functioning. They are globally well documented by the ubiquitous presence of organic carbon-rich black shale layers. However, the exact nature and functioning of the palaeo-environment that fostered the massive and almost ubiquitous deposition of organic carbon-rich sediments is still a matter of debate. Numerous outstanding questions remain, not only concerning the dependence of black shale deposition on ocean circulation and redox zonation, but also its influence on the global ocean-atmosphere system. A new version of the coupled Earth system model GEOCLIM, which combines a climate model (FOAM 3-D GCM) with a vertically resolved diffusion-advection box model of the global ocean, a pelagic biogeochemical model and a fully formulated diagenetic model (BNRS) is used to examine the feedbacks between paleocirculation, ocean redox dynamics, sediment diagenesis and global climate. Different scenarios are designed to assess the influence of the global circulation on the biogeochemical functioning of the ocean during a mid-Cretaceous OAE. Simulation results illustrate the strong feedbacks between Cretaceous ocean circulation, oceanic geochemical dynamics, bioproductivity and sediment diagenesis. A weakening of the deep ocean ventilation increases the importance of diagenetic processes on the geochemical characteristics of the ocean. Ocean anoxia/euxinia can easily develop if the sedimentary nutrient recycling is high enough to sustain enhanced primary production. Thus, the earth system model provides a rational support for a detailed quantitative understanding of the ocean's biogeochemical response to potential circulation changes during a mid-Cretaceous OAE.

  17. Was there a wind-driven Tethys Circumglobal Current in the Late Cretaceous?

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    Cousin-Rittemard, Nathalie,; Zwagers, Tom; Dijkstra, Henk,

    2002-01-01

    The problem of the existence of a Tethys Circumglobal Current (TCC) in the Late Cretaceous continental geometry (Campanian) is addressed.Within an ocean model which is expected to strongly overestimate the wind-driven TCC volume transport, a relatively weak TCC is found for the reconstructed Campanian paleogeography used. As a measure of the strength of the TCC, a Circumglobal Flow Index is introduced. This index is based on volume fluxes through meridional sections within the equatorial part...

  18. Geochemical evidence for a Cretaceous oil sand (Bima oil sand) in the Chad Basin, Nigeria

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    Bata, Timothy; Parnell, John; Samaila, Nuhu K.; Abubakar, M. B.; Maigari, A. S.

    2015-11-01

    Paleogeographic studies have shown that Earth was covered with more water during the Cretaceous than it is today, as the global sea level was significantly higher. The Cretaceous witnessed one of the greatest marine transgressions in Earth's history, represented by widespread deposition of sands directly on underlying basement. These sand bodies hold much of the world's heavy oil. Here, we present for the first time, geochemical evidence of a Cretaceous oil sand (Bima oil sand) in the Chad Basin, Nigeria. Bima oil sand is similar to other Cretaceous oil sands, predominantly occurring at shallow depths on basin flanks and generally lacking a seal cover, making the oil susceptible to biodegradation. The bulk properties and distribution of molecular features in oils from the Bima oil sand suggest that they are biodegraded. Sterane maturity parameters and the trisnorhopane thermal indicator for the oils suggest thermal maturities consistent with oils generated as conventional light oils, which later degraded into heavy oils. These oils also show no evidence of 25-norhopane, strongly suggesting that biodegradation occurred at shallow depths, consistent with the shallow depth of occurrence of the Bima Formation at the study locality. Low diasterane/sterane ratios and C29H/C30H ratios greater than 1 suggest a carbonate source rock for the studied oil. The Sterane distribution further suggests that the oils were sourced from marine carbonate rocks. The C32 homohopane isomerization ratios for the Bima oil sand are 0.59-0.60, implying that the source rock has surpassed the main oil generation phase, consistent with burial depths of the Fika and Gongila Formations, which are both possible petroleum source rocks in the basin.

  19. Paleoenvironmental analysis and correlation of a Cretaceous Islas Orcadas core from the Falkland Plateau, Southwest Atlantic

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    Ciesielski, P.F.; Sliter, W.V.; Wind, F.H.; Wise, S.W., Jr.

    1977-01-01

    A comparison of Campanian-Maestrichtian cores from two localities on opposite sides of the Maurice Ewing Bank, at the eastern end of the east-west trending Falkland Plateau (Southwest Atlantic) reveals a significant change in faunal and floral assemblage characteristics across the Plateau. These changes are probably temperature dependent, and indicate that the Plateau served as an important barrier between water masses in the South Atlantic during late Cretaceous times. ?? 1977.

  20. Iridium abundance anomaly at the palynological Cretaceous-tertiary boundary in northern New Mexico

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    An iridium abundance anomaly, with concentrations up to 5000 parts per trillion over a background level of 4 to 20 parts per trillion, has been located in sedimentary rocks laid down under freshwater swamp conditions in the Raton Basin of northeastern New Mexico. The anomaly occurs at the base of a coal bed, at the same stratigraphic position at which several well-known species of Cretaceous-age pollen became extinct

  1. Permutation groups

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    2012-01-01

    This volume by a prominent authority on permutation groups consists of lecture notes that provide a self-contained account of distinct classification theorems. A ready source of frequently quoted but usually inaccessible theorems, it is ideally suited for professional group theorists as well as students with a solid background in modern algebra.The three-part treatment begins with an introductory chapter and advances to an economical development of the tools of basic group theory, including group extensions, transfer theorems, and group representations and characters. The final chapter feature

  2. Denticle-embedded ampullary organs in a Cretaceous shark provide unique insight into the evolution of elasmobranch electroreceptors

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    Vullo, Romain; Guinot, Guillaume

    2015-10-01

    Here, we report a novel type of dermal denticle (or placoid scale), unknown among both living and fossil chondrichthyan fishes, in a Cretaceous lamniform shark. By their morphology and location, these dermal denticles, grouped into clusters in the cephalic region, appear to have been directly associated with the electrosensory ampullary system. These denticles have a relatively enlarged (˜350 μm in diameter), ornamented crown with a small (˜100 μm) asterisk- or cross-shaped central perforation connected to a multi-alveolate internal cavity. The formation of such a complex structure can be explained by the annular coalescence and fusion, around an ampullary vesicle, of several developmental units still at papillary stage (i.e. before mineralization), leading to a single denticle embedding an alveolar ampulla devoid of canal. This differs from larger typical ampullae of Lorenzini with a well-developed canal opening in a pore of the skin and may represent another adaptive response to low skin resistance. Since it has been recently demonstrated that ampullary organs arise from lateral line placodes in chondrichthyans, this highly specialized type of dermal denticle (most likely non-deciduous) may be derived from the modified placoid scales covering the superficial neuromasts (pit organs) of the mechanosensory lateral line system of many modern sharks.

  3. Gladiopycnodontidae, a new family of pycnodontiform fishes from the Late Cretaceous of Lebanon, with the description of three genera

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    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The osteology of Gladiopycnodus karami gen. et sp. nov., of Monocerichthys scheuchzeri gen. et sp. nov. and of Rostropycnodus gayeti gen. et sp. nov., three new fossil fishes from the marine Cenomanian (Late Cretaceous of Lebanon, is studied in detail. Some of their cranial characters and the presence of a postcoelomic bone clearly refer these fishes to the order Pycnodontiformes. However, they differ from all other described Pycnodontiformes by two important characters. Their snout is elongated as a rostrum, formed by the enlarged prefrontal and the toothless premaxilla, with this premaxilla sutured by its upper margin to the lower margin of the prefrontal. Their pectoral fin is replaced by a strong spine articulated with the cleithrum. These two apomorphies justify the erection of a new family, the Gladiopycnodontidae. The skull of Monocerichthys scheuchzeri sp. nov. does not differ greatly from a classical pycnodontiform skull and this species seems to be the more primitive member of this new family. Gladiopycnodus karami gen. et sp. nov. and Rostropycnodus gayeti gen. et sp. nov. are much more specialized. They share some apomorphies not present in Monocerichthys scheuchzeri gen. et sp. nov., i. e., an extremely long rostrum and an elongated first anal pterygiophore that sustains with the postcoelomic bone a strong and long anal spine. Gladiopycnodontidae fam. nov. and Coccodontidae share a series of apomorphies that justify the erection of a new superfamily, Coccodontoidea, grouping these two families.

  4. Galaxy Groups

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    Tully, R. Brent

    2015-02-01

    Galaxy groups can be characterized by the radius of decoupling from cosmic expansion, the radius of the caustic of second turnaround, and the velocity dispersion of galaxies within this latter radius. These parameters can be a challenge to measure, especially for small groups with few members. In this study, results are gathered pertaining to particularly well-studied groups over four decades in group mass. Scaling relations anticipated from theory are demonstrated and coefficients of the relationships are specified. There is an update of the relationship between light and mass for groups, confirming that groups with mass of a few times {{10}12}{{M}⊙ } are the most lit up while groups with more and less mass are darker. It is demonstrated that there is an interesting one-to-one correlation between the number of dwarf satellites in a group and the group mass. There is the suggestion that small variations in the slope of the luminosity function in groups are caused by the degree of depletion of intermediate luminosity systems rather than variations in the number per unit mass of dwarfs. Finally, returning to the characteristic radii of groups, the ratio of first to second turnaround depends on the dark matter and dark energy content of the universe and a crude estimate can be made from the current observations of {{Ω}matter}˜ 0.15 in a flat topology, with a 68% probability of being less than 0.44.

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    Brent Tully, R. [Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii, 2680 Woodlawn Drive, Honolulu, HI 96822 (United States)

    2015-02-01

    Galaxy groups can be characterized by the radius of decoupling from cosmic expansion, the radius of the caustic of second turnaround, and the velocity dispersion of galaxies within this latter radius. These parameters can be a challenge to measure, especially for small groups with few members. In this study, results are gathered pertaining to particularly well-studied groups over four decades in group mass. Scaling relations anticipated from theory are demonstrated and coefficients of the relationships are specified. There is an update of the relationship between light and mass for groups, confirming that groups with mass of a few times 10{sup 12}M{sub ⊙} are the most lit up while groups with more and less mass are darker. It is demonstrated that there is an interesting one-to-one correlation between the number of dwarf satellites in a group and the group mass. There is the suggestion that small variations in the slope of the luminosity function in groups are caused by the degree of depletion of intermediate luminosity systems rather than variations in the number per unit mass of dwarfs. Finally, returning to the characteristic radii of groups, the ratio of first to second turnaround depends on the dark matter and dark energy content of the universe and a crude estimate can be made from the current observations of Ω{sub matter}∼0.15 in a flat topology, with a 68% probability of being less than 0.44.

  6. Cretaceous Volcanic Events in Southeastern Jilin Province, China: Evidence from Single Zircon U-Pb Ages

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    CHEN Yuejun; SUN Chunlin; SUN Yuewu; SUN Wei

    2008-01-01

    Mesozoic volcanic rocks in southeastern Jilin Province are an important component of the huge Mesozoic volcanic belt in the northeastern area. Study of the age of their formation is of great significance to recognize Mesozoic volcanic rule in northeastern China. Along with the research of rare Mesozoic biota and extensive Mesozoic mineralization in western Liaoning, a number of researchers have focused on Mesozoic volcanic events. The authors studied the ages of the Cretaceous volcanic rocks in southeastern Jilin Province using single Zircon U-Pb. The result shows that the Sankeyushu Formation volcanic rocks in the Tonghua area are 119.2 Ma in age, the Yingcheng Formation in the Jiutai area 113.4±3.1 Ma, the Jinjiatun Formation in Pinggang Town of Liaoyuan City and the Wufeng volcanic rocks in the Yanji area 103.2±4.7 Ma and 103.6±1 Ma, respectively. Combined with the data of recent publication on volcanic rocks ages; the Cretaceous volcanic events in southeastern Jilin Province can be tentatively subdivided into three eruption periods: 119 Ma, 113 Ma and 103 Ma. The result not only provides important chronology data for subdividing Mesozoic strata in southeastern Jilin Province, establishing Mesozoic volcanic event sequence, discussing geological tectonic background, and surveying the relation between noble metals to the Cretaceous volcanic rocks, but also otters important information of Mesozoic volcanism in northeastern China.

  7. The first record of a sauropod dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous phosphates of Morocco

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    Pereda Suberbiola, Xabier; Bardet, Nathalie; Iarochène, Mohamed; Bouya, Baâdi; Amaghzaz, Mbarek

    2004-09-01

    Sauropod dinosaur remains have been discovered recently in the Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) phosphatic deposits of the Oulad Abdoun Basin, near Khouribga (central Morocco). The material consists of right hindlimb bones (femur, tibia and fibula) from a small-sized individual. The marine associated fauna, mainly selachians, actinopterygians, turtles, mosasaurids and plesiosaurs, suggests a marine depositional environment, so that the dinosaur remains may be a remnant of a floating carcass. The femur exhibits a prominent lateral bulge on the proximal one-third, a diagnostic feature of Titanosauriformes. The Moroccan sauropod lacks synapomorphies of Titanosauria and less inclusive clades (i.e., distal tibia expanded transversely to twice mid-shaft breadth; femoral distal condyles angled dorsomedially relative to the shaft); therefore, it is here assigned to a basal titanosauriform as Titanosauriformes indet. This is the first sauropod reported from the Maastrichtian of Morocco and one of the few dinosaur records from the uppermost Cretaceous formations of northern Africa. This discovery confirms the wide geographical distribution of Titanosauriformes during the Late Cretaceous and supports their survival into the Late Maastrichtian of Africa.

  8. Global correlation for strontium isotope curve in the Late Cretaceous of Tibet and dating marine sediments

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    HUANG; Sijing; SHI; He; SHEN; Licheng; ZHANG; Meng; WU; Wen

    2005-01-01

    87Sr/86Sr ratios of marine carbonate samples collected from a sedimentary section of the Late Cretaceous in the south of Tibet were measured. Based on the absence of cathodoluminescence and a very low Mn/Sr ratio (average 0.06) of the samples, it is thought that they contain information on the original seawater strontium isotope composition. The strontium isotope evolution curve of the Late Cretaceous in Tibet we established here, is consistent with other coeval curves from Europe, North America and Antarctica, supports the notion that the strontium isotope composition of seawater is governed by global events, which provides a new approach for the inter-continental and inter-basinal correlations of Late Cretaceous in the area and is a complementarity for biostratigraphy. In addition, we attempt to determine the age of the boundaries for Campanian/Santonian and Maastrichtian/Campanian by 87Sr/86Sr ratios for Gamba section in southern Tibet. The two boundaries are located in the thickness of 217 m (83.5 Ma) and 291 m (71.3 Ma), respectively.

  9. Cretaceous plutonic rocks in the Donner Lake-Cisco Grove area, northern Sierra Nevada, California

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    Kulow, Matthew J.; Hanson, Richard E.; Girty, Gary H.; Girty, Melissa S.; Harwood, David S.

    1998-01-01

    The northernmost occurrences of extensive, glaciated exposures of the Sierra Nevada batholith occur in the Donner Lake-Cisco Grove area of the northern Sierra Nevada. The plutonic rocks in this area, which are termed here the Castle Valley plutonic assemblage, crop out over an area of 225 km2 and for the most part are shown as a single undifferentiated mass on previously published geological maps. In the present work, the plutonic assemblage is divided into eight separate intrusive units or lithodemes, two of which each consist of two separate plutons. Compositions are dominantly granodiorite and tonalite, but diorite and granite form small plutons in places. Spectacular examples of comb layering and orbicular texture occur in the diorites. U-Pb zircon ages have been obtained for all but one of the main units and range from ~120 to 114 Ma, indicating that the entire assemblage was emplaced in a narrow time frame in the Early Cretaceous. This is consistent with abundant field evidence that many of the individual phases were intruded penecontemporaneously. The timing of emplacement correlates with onset of major Cretaceous plutonism in the main part of the Sierra Nevada batholith farther south. The emplacement ages also are similar to isotopic ages for gold-quartz mineralization in the Sierran foothills west of the study area, suggesting a direct genetic relationship between the voluminous Early Cretaceous plutonism and hydrothermal gold mineralization.

  10. Stratigraphy, provenance, and diagenesis of the Cretaceous Horse Range Formation, east Otago, New Zealand

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    The Horse Range Formation is a structurally controlled late Early Cretaceous to early Late Cretaceous nonmarine unit in east Otago, South Island, New Zealand, containing immature lithic debris. Clasts are generally rounded, with only minor subangular material. The formation contains clasts derived from two principal basement sources: schist and greywacke. Schist debris is most abundant at the base of the described section, and this material is dominated (>60%) by quartz from the greenschist facies core of the Otago Schist belt. Conglomerates with >70% greywacke clasts constitute most of the upper part of the Horse Range Formation. These greywacke conglomerates have a matrix of sand derived mainly from schist. A 60 m thick wedge of quartz-rich, locally carbonaceous sand occurs interlayered with greywacke conglomerates. The Horse Range Formation rests on sub-greenschist facies semischist, which forms only a small proportion (18OSMOW near +24 permil and δ13CPDB near -2 permil, and was partly dissolved and redeposited from the immature basement debris (metamorphic calcite) and partly introduced from overlying Late Cretaceous and Teriary marine sediments by groundwater. (author). 43 refs., 11 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Galaxy Groups

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    Tully, R Brent

    2014-01-01

    Galaxy groups can be characterized by the radius of decoupling from cosmic expansion, the radius of the caustic of second turnaround, and the velocity dispersion of galaxies within this latter radius. These parameters can be a challenge to measure, especially for small groups with few members. In this study, results are gathered pertaining to particularly well studied groups over four decades in group mass. Scaling relations anticipated from theory are demonstrated and coefficients of the relationships are specified. There is an update of the relationship between light and mass for groups, confirming that groups with mass of a few times 10^12 Msun are the most lit up while groups with more and less mass are darker. It is demonstrated that there is an interesting one-to-one correlation between the number of dwarf satellites in a group and the group mass. There is the suggestion that small variations in the slope of the luminosity function in groups are caused by the degree of depletion of intermediate luminosi...

  12. Postcranial anatomy of Pissarrachampsa sera (Crocodyliformes, Baurusuchidae) from the Late Cretaceous of Brazil: insights on lifestyle and phylogenetic significance

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    Bronzati, Mario; Eltink, Estevan; Marsola, Júlio C. de A.; Cidade, Giovanne M.; Langer, Max C.; Montefeltro, Felipe C.

    2016-01-01

    The postcranial anatomy of Crocodyliformes has historically been neglected, as most descriptions are based solely on skulls. Yet, the significance of the postcranium in crocodyliforms evolution is reflected in the great lifestyle diversity exhibited by the group, with members ranging from terrestrial animals to semi-aquatic and fully marine forms. Recently, studies have emphasized the importance of the postcranium. Following this trend, here we present a detailed description of the postcranial elements of Pissarrachampsa sera (Mesoeucrocodylia, Baurusuchidae), from the Adamantina Formation (Bauru Group, Late Cretaceous of Brazil). The preserved elements include dorsal vertebrae, partial forelimb, pelvic girdle, and hindlimbs. Comparisons with the postcranial anatomy of baurusuchids and other crocodyliforms, together with body-size and mass estimates, lead to a better understanding of the paleobiology of Pissarrachampsa sera, including its terrestrial lifestyle and its role as a top predator. Furthermore, the complete absence of osteoderms in P. sera, a condition previously known only in marine crocodyliforms, suggests osteoderms very likely played a minor role in locomotion of baurusuchids, unlike other groups of terrestrial crocodyliforms. Finally, a phylogenetic analysis including the newly recognized postcranial features was carried out, and exploratory analyses were performed to investigate the influence of both cranial and postcranial characters in the phylogeny of Crocodyliformes. Our results suggest that crocodyliform relationships are mainly determined by cranial characters. However, this seems to be a consequence of the great number of missing entries in the data set with only postcranial characters and not of the lack of potential (or synapomorphies) for this kind of data to reflect the evolutionary history of Crocodyliformes. PMID:27257551

  13. The intra-oceanic Cretaceous (~ 108 Ma) Kata-Rash arc fragment in the Kurdistan segment of Iraqi Zagros suture zone: Implications for Neotethys evolution and closure

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    Ali, Sarmad A.; Ismail, Sabah A.; Nutman, Allen P.; Bennett, Vickie C.; Jones, Brian G.; Buckman, Solomon

    2016-09-01

    The Kata-Rash arc fragment is an allochthonous thrust-bound body situated near Penjween, 100 km northeast of Sulymannia city, Kurdistan Region, within the Iraqi portion of the Zagros suture zone. It forms part of the suprasubduction zone 'Upper Allochthon' terranes (designated as the Gimo-Qandil Group), which is dominated by calc-alkaline andesite and basaltic-andesite, rhyodacite to rhyolite, crosscut by granitic, granodioritic, and dioritic dykes. Previously, rocks of the Kata-Rash arc fragment were interpreted as a part of the Eocene Walash volcanic group. However, SHRIMP zircon U-Pb dates on them of 108.1 ± 2.9 Ma (Harbar volcanic rocks) and 107.7 ± 1.9 Ma (Aulan intrusion) indicate an Albian-Cenomanian age, which is interpreted as the time of igneous crystallisation. The Aulan intrusion zircons have initial εHf values of + 8.6 ± 0.2. On a Nb/Yb-Th/Yb diagram, all Kata-Rash samples fall within the compositional field of arc-related rocks, i.e. above the mid-ocean-ridge basalt (MORB)-ocean island basalt (OIB) mantle array. Primitive-mantle-normalised trace-element patterns for the Kata-Rash samples show enrichment in the large ion lithophile elements and depletion in the high-field-strength elements supporting their subduction-related character. Low Ba/La coupled with low La/Yb and Hf/Hf* temperature melt from subducted slab sediment, in an oceanic setting. This mechanism can explain the sub-DM initial εHf value, without the need to invoke melting of significantly older (continental) crust in an Andean setting. We interpret the Kata-Rash igneous rocks as a fragment of the Late Cretaceous suprasubduction zone system (named here the Kata-Rash arc) that most likely developed within the Neotethys Ocean rather than at a continental margin. Subsequently during the latest Cretaceous to Paleocene, the arc was accreted to the northern margin of the Arabian plate. The results indicate a > 3000 km continuity of Cretaceous arc activity (Oman to Cyprus), that consumed

  14. Clumped isotope geochemistry of mid-Cretaceous (Barremian-Aptian) rudist shells: paleoclimatic and paleoenvironmental implications

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    Huck, S.; Steuber, T.; Bernasconi, S.; Weissert, H.

    2012-04-01

    The Cretaceous period is generally considered to have been a time of climate warmth, but there is an ongoing dispute about the existence of Cretaceous cool episodes - including the short-termed installation of polar ice caps. The Late Barremian-Early Aptian represents a Cretaceous key interval in terms of paleoclimate and paleoceanography, as it provides evidence for (i) a cooler climate (Pucéat et al., 2003) and (ii) a considerable seasonality of sea surface temperatures (SSTs) at low latitudes (Steuber et al., 2005). The timing and significance of these cool episodes, however, are not well constrained. Recently published TEX86 data, in contrast to oxygen isotope paleotemperature estimates, now are in support of a climate scenario with equable hot (~30° C) tropical SSTs from the Early Cretaceous onwards. The aim of this project is to reconstruct the evolution of Barremian-Aptian sea-surface temperatures (SSTs) in the tropical Tethyan realm by use of a combined geochemical approach including oxygen isotope analysis and carbonate clumped-isotope thermometry. Paleotemperature proxies are based on the isotope geochemistry of low-Mg calcite of pristine rudist bivalve shells (Toucasia, Requienia) collected from different carbonate platform settings, including the Provence platform in SE France and the Adriatic Carbonate platform in Croatia. Carbonate clumped-isotope geochemistry deals with the state of ordering of rare isotopes in molecules, in particular with their tendency to form bonds with other rare isotopes (13C-18O) rather than with the most abundant ones. Carbonate clumped-isotope thermometry has been shown to allow for reconstructing (i) the temperature of carbonate mineral formation and calculating (ii) the isotopic composition of the water from which carbonate minerals were formed (by using the δ18O of the analysed carbonate sample). Our approach seeks to provide insights into possible biases in temperature estimates of different paleothermometers

  15. Preliminary magnetostratigraphy and environmental magnetism of the Lower Cretaceous from the Italian Dolomites

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    Savian, J. F.; Jovane, L.; Florindo, F.; Lukeneder, A.

    2011-12-01

    The Lower Cretaceous (~146 to 100 Ma) represents an enigmatic time interval for paleoclimatic, paleogeography and paleomagnetic evolution of the Earth's history. The climatic changes include global oceanic anoxic events (OAEs), biotic changes, global excursions of carbon and strontium isotopes, rises in eustatic sea level and paleotemperature. Paleoceanography was marked by a rapid rate of ocean spreading in the Atlantic. The opening of the Atlantic Ocean was wide enough to allow significant circulation of masses of waters across the equator. This period is furthermore important for the oceanographic events occurring at the base of the Aptian (Selli Level). This period also present one of the most intriguing geomagnetic events: the long normal Cretaceous superchron, lasted for almost 40 million years. We study here the lower Cretaceous deposits of the Puez section in the Dolomites (northern Italy) which represents a continuous section during this period. The samples collected represent marine sedimentary materials of the Biancone and Puez formations. The Puez section consists essentially of green-grey to red limestones and calcareous marls. We present preliminary results of integrated magnetostratigraphic analysis, including a detailed lithostratigraphy and environmental magnetism. We recognize magnetic behavior that are relative to normal polarity (the normal Cretaceous superchron), with a short reverse interval that might represent the M-1r event. We also recognize a series of normal and reverse polarities (below the normal Cretaceous superchron) which can be referred to the magnetozones M1/M5. The environmental magnetic data consists of magnetic susceptibility (χ), natural remanent magnetization (NRM), anhysteretic remanent magnetization (ARM), isothermal remanent magnetization (IRM) at 900 mT and backfield isothermal remanent magnetization (BIRM) at 100 mT and 300 mT. Derived parameters, such as S-ratio (S300=BIRM300/IRM900) and hard isothermal remanent

  16. Press/Pulse: Explaining selective terrestrial extinctions at the Cretaceous/Palaeogene boundary

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    Arens, Nan Crystal

    2010-05-01

    Single-cause mass extinction scenarios require extreme conditions to generate sufficiently strong kill mechanisms. Such dire effects are commonly at odds with the taxonomic selectivity that characterizes most extinction events. In response, some researchers have proposed that the interaction of a variety of factors typify episodes of elevated extinction. Previous work (Arens & West 2008 Paleobiology 34:456-471) has shown that a combination of press and pulse disturbances increases the probability of elevated extinction. The press/pulse contrast is borrowed from community ecology, where researchers have long recognized that the ecological response to long-term stress differs from that of an instantaneous catastrophe. Scaled to the macroevolutionary level, press disturbances alter community composition by placing multigenerational stress on populations. Press disturbances do not necessarily cause mortality, but reduce population size by a variety of mechanisms such as curtailed reproduction. Pulse disturbances are sudden catastrophic events that cause extensive mortality. Either press or pulse disturbances of sufficient magnitude can cause extinction, however elevated extinction occurs more commonly during the coincidence of lower-magnitude press and pulse events. The Cretaceous/Palaeogene (K/P) extinction is one of the best examples of a press/pulse extinction. Deccan Trap volcanism, which straddled the K/P boundary, altered atmospheric composition and climate. This episodic volcanism likely contributed to the climate instability observed in terrestrial ecosystems and exerted press stress. Pulse disturbance was produced by bolide impact, which punctuated the end of the Cretaceous. The press/pulse mechanism also more effectively explains selectivity in terrestrial vertebrate and plant extinctions at the K/P boundary than do single-mechanisms scenarios. For example, why do environmentally sensitive vertebrates such as amphibians experience no extinction? And why do

  17. Chanco formation, a potential Cretaceous reservoir, central Chile

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    Cecione, G.

    1983-07-01

    The Chanco embayment lies 300 km SSW of Santiago, Chile. The sequence within this basin above the metamorphic basement is: Chanco Formation (very clean sandstone), Quiriquina Formation (glauconitic sandstone, rich in organic matter), and Navidad Group (a very good caprock). This section thus contains reservoir, source and caprocks, and is therefore very promising for petroleum investigations. The offshore C-1 well yielded salt-water with gas shows, and two wells drilled onshore yielded shows of gas. The C-1 well lies on a gently-dipping EW-striking anticlinal structure, the presence of which makes the area very prospective.

  18. Assessment of continuous (unconventional) oil and gas resources in the Late Cretaceous Mancos Shale of the Piceance Basin, Uinta-Piceance Province, Colorado and Utah, 2016

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    Hawkins, Sarah J.; Charpentier, Ronald R.; Schenk, Christopher J.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Klett, Timothy R.; Brownfield, Michael E.; Finn, Tom M.; Gaswirth, Stephanie B.; Marra, Kristen R.; Le, Phoung A.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Pitman, Janet K.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.

    2016-01-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) completed a geology-based assessment of the continuous (unconventional) oil and gas resources in the Late Cretaceous Mancos Shale within the Piceance Basin of the Uinta-Piceance Province (fig. 1). The previous USGS assessment of the Mancos Shale in the Piceance Basin was completed in 2003 as part of a comprehensive assessment of the greater UintaPiceance Province (U.S. Geological Survey Uinta-Piceance Assessment Team, 2003). Since the last assessment, more than 2,000 wells have been drilled and completed in one or more intervals within the Mancos Shale of the Piceance Basin (IHS Energy Group, 2015). In addition, the USGS Energy Resources Program drilled a research core in the southern Piceance Basin that provided significant new geologic and geochemical data that were used to refine the 2003 assessment of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and gas in the Mancos Shale.

  19. Late Cretaceous-early Eocene counterclockwise rotation of the Fueguian Andes and evolution of the Patagonia-Antarctic Peninsula system

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    Poblete, F.; Roperch, P.; Arriagada, C.; Ruffet, G.; Ramírez de Arellano, C.; Hervé, F.; Poujol, M.

    2016-02-01

    The southernmost Andes of Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego present a prominent arc-shaped structure: the Patagonian Bend. Whether the bending is a primary curvature or an orocline is still matter of controversy. New paleomagnetic data have been obtained south of the Beagle Channel in 39 out of 61 sites. They have been drilled in Late Jurassic and Early Cretaceous sediments and interbedded volcanics and in mid-Cretaceous to Eocene intrusives of the Fuegian Batholith. The anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility was measured at each site and the influence of magnetic fabric on the characteristic remanent magnetizations (ChRM) in plutonic rocks was corrected using inverse tensors of anisotropy of remanent magnetizations. Normal polarity secondary magnetizations with west-directed declination were obtained in the sediments and they did not pass the fold test. These characteristic directions are similar to those recorded by mid Cretaceous intrusives suggesting a remagnetization event during the normal Cretaceous superchron and describe a large (> 90°) counterclockwise rotation. Late Cretaceous to Eocene rocks of the Fueguian Batholith, record decreasing counterclockwise rotations of 45° to 30°. These paleomagnetic results are interpreted as evidence of a large counterclockwise rotation of the Fueguian Andes related to the closure of the Rocas Verdes Basin and the formation of the Darwin Cordillera during the Late Cretaceous and Paleocene. The tectonic evolution of the Patagonian Bend can thus be described as the formation of a progressive arc from an oroclinal stage during the closure of the Rocas Verdes basin to a mainly primary arc during the final stages of deformation of the Magallanes fold and thrust belt. Plate reconstructions show that the Antarctic Peninsula would have formed a continuous margin with Patagonia between the Early Cretaceous and the Eocene, and acted as a non-rotational rigid block facilitating the development of the Patagonian Bend.

  20. Hydra groups

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    Dison, Will

    2010-01-01

    We give examples of CAT(0), biautomatic, free-by-cyclic, one-relator groups which have finite-rank free subgroups of huge (Ackermannian) distortion. This leads to elementary examples of groups whose Dehn functions are similarly extravagant. This behaviour originates in manifestations of Hercules-versus-the-hydra battles in string-rewriting.

  1. Reflection groups

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    In 2005, PISA organised proactive meetings of reflection groups on involvement in decision making, expert culture and ethical aspects of radiation protection.All reflection group meetings address particular targeted audiences while the output publication in book form is put forward

  2. Paleomagnetic and paleocurrent preliminary data from the Mid-Cretaceous black flysh group, Western Pyrenees: Tectonic implications

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    Agirrezabala, L. M.; Estratigrafia eta Paleontologia Saila, Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea UPV/EHU, 644 PK, 48080 Bilbo, Spain; Dinarès-Turell, J.; Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Sezione Roma2, Roma, Italia

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    Datos paleomagnéticos y de paleocorrientes preliminares correspondientes a depósitos turbidíticos en torno al monoclinal sinclinal de Aitzeta (margen norte de la Cuenca Vasco-Cantábrica) indican rotaciones de eje vertical de bloques de edad Albiense superior (Subzona C. auritus) y terciaria (?). Los datos, combinados con los rasgos estructurales del área, evidencian una rotación antihoraria de ~27º (bloque de Deba) durante la Subzona C. auritus, y rotaciones antihorarias de ~27º y...

  3. Preliminary paleomagnetic and paleocurrent data from the mid-Cretaceous Black Flysch Group, Western Pyrenees: tectonic implications

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    Agirrezabala, Luis Miguel; Dinarès Turell, Jaume

    2006-01-01

    Datos paleomagnéticos y de paleocorrientes preliminares correspondientes a depósitos turbidíticos en torno al monoclinal sinclinal de Aitzeta (margen norte de la Cuenca Vasco-Cantábrica) indican rotaciones de eje vertical de bloques de edad Albiense superior (Subzona C. auritus) y terciaria (?). Los datos, combinados con los rasgos estructurales del área, evidencian una rotación antihoraria de ~27º (bloque de Deba) durante la Subzona C. auritus, y rotaciones antihorarias de ~27º y...

  4. National Assessment of Oil and Gas Quarter-Mile Cells - Upper Cretaceous Taylor and Navarro Groups, Western Gulf Province (047)

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — Cell maps for each oil and gas assessment unit were created by the USGS to illustrate the degree of exploration, type of production, and distribution of production...

  5. National Assessment of Oil and Gas - Upper Cretaceous Taylor and Navarro Group Assessment Units, Western Gulf Province (047)

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — The Assessment Unit is the fundamental unit used in the National Assessment Project for the assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources. The Assessment Unit is...

  6. Algebraic Groups

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    2007-01-01

    The workshop continued a series of Oberwolfach meetings on algebraic groups, started in 1971 by Tonny Springer and Jacques Tits who both attended the present conference. This time, the organizers were Michel Brion, Jens Carsten Jantzen, and Raphaël Rouquier. During the last years, the subject of...... algebraic groups (in a broad sense) has seen important developments in several directions, also related to representation theory and algebraic geometry. The workshop aimed at presenting some of these developments in order to make them accessible to a "general audience" of algebraic group-theorists, and to...

  7. Group Grammar

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    Adams, Karen

    2015-01-01

    In this article Karen Adams demonstrates how to incorporate group grammar techniques into a classroom activity. In the activity, students practice using the target grammar to do something they naturally enjoy: learning about each other.

  8. Abelian groups

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    2015-01-01

    Written by one of the subject’s foremost experts, this book focuses on the central developments and modern methods of the advanced theory of abelian groups, while remaining accessible, as an introduction and reference, to the non-specialist. It provides a coherent source for results scattered throughout the research literature with lots of new proofs. The presentation highlights major trends that have radically changed the modern character of the subject, in particular, the use of homological methods in the structure theory of various classes of abelian groups, and the use of advanced set-theoretical methods in the study of undecidability problems. The treatment of the latter trend includes Shelah’s seminal work on the undecidability in ZFC of Whitehead’s Problem; while the treatment of the former trend includes an extensive (but non-exhaustive) study of p-groups, torsion-free groups, mixed groups, and important classes of groups arising from ring theory. To prepare the reader to tackle these topics, th...

  9. Progress in Late Cretaceous planktonic foraminiferal stable isotope paleoecology and implications for paleoceanographic reconstructions

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    Petrizzo, Maria Rose; Falzoni, Francesca; Huber, Brian T.; MacLeod, Kenneth G.

    2015-04-01

    Paleoecological preferences proposed for Cretaceous planktonic foraminiferal taxa have traditionally been based on morphological analogies with depth-stratified modern species, on biofacies comparison in continental margin and deepwater settings, and limited oxygen and carbon stable isotope data. These studies concluded that large-sized, keeled and heavily calcified planktonic foraminifera generally lived at deeper levels in the surface waters than small-sized, thinner-walled non-keeled species. Stable isotope data have been used to infer information on paleotemperature, paleoceanography and paleoproductivity of ancient oceans and constrain biological paleo-activities (i.e. photosymbiosis and respiration) of fossil species. These studies have suggested that the depth-distribution model based on analogy with modern taxa might not be fully applicable for Cretaceous species, and found particularly 13C-enriched values in some Maastrichtian multiserial taxa that have been related to the activity of photosymbionts. We have collected about 1500 δ18O and δ13C species-specific analyses on glassy preserved planktonic foraminifera from Tanzania (Tanzania Drilling Project TDP sites 23, 28 and 32) and well-preserved planktonic foraminifera from other mid-low latitude localities (Shatsky Rise, northwestern Pacific Ocean, ODP Leg 198 Hole 1210B; Exmouth Plateau, eastern Indian Ocean, ODP Leg 122, Hole 762C; Eratosthenes Seamount, eastern Mediterranean, ODP Leg 160, Hole 967E; Blake Nose, central Atlantic Ocean, ODP Leg 171B, holes 1050C and 1052E) to investigate Late Cretaceous species paleoecological preferences, life strategies and depth distribution in the surface water column. Our results indicates that several large-sized (> 500 μm) double-keeled species belonging to the genera Dicarinella, Marginotruncana and Contusotruncana, generally interpreted as deep to thermocline dwellers, instead occupied shallow/warm layers of the water column, whilst not all biserial species

  10. Geochemistry and tectonic evolution of the Late Cretaceous Gogher-Baft ophiolite, central Iran

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    Moghadam, Hadi Shafaii; Stern, Robert J.; Chiaradia, Massimo; Rahgoshay, Mohamad

    2013-05-01

    The Late Cretaceous Gogher-Baft ophiolite is one of the best preserved remnants of Neo-Tethyan oceanic lithospheric within the inner Zagros ophiolite belt. The ophiolite comprises from bottom to top, harzburgites, pegmatite and isotropic gabbroic lenses within the mantle sequence, pillowed to massive basalts to dacites and pyroclastic rocks associated with blocks of pelagic limestone and radiolarite. Basaltic to dacitic sills crosscut the pyroclastic rocks. The ophiolite sequence is overlain by Turonian-Maastrichtian pelagic limestones (93.5-65.5 Ma). Mineral compositions of harzburgites are similar to those of fore-arc peridotites and overlap with abyssal peridotites. Most Gogher-Baft ophiolite magmatic rocks show supra-subduction zone affinities, except for some E-MORB type lavas. The geochemical characteristics suggest that Gogher-Baft ophiolite magmatic rocks were generated during subduction initiation. These show progressive source depletion leading to the formation of MORB to boninitic magmas. Early E-MORB-type pillow lavas may have originated by melting mantle that was not affected by subduction components as the Tethyan oceanic plate began to sink beneath Eurasia as subduction began in the Late Cretaceous. Initial ɛNd (t) values range from + 2.6 to + 9 for Gogher-Baft magmatic rocks. Samples with radiogenic Nd overlap with least radiogenic MORBs and with Oman and other Late Cretaceous Tethyan ophiolitic rocks. The initial 87Sr/86Sr ratios range from 0.7048 to 0.7057, indicating modification due to seafloor alteration. Radiogenic 207Pb/204Pb isotopic compositions (systematically above the NHRL) and less radiogenic Nd isotopic compositions suggest the involvement of sediments in the mantle source in some magmatic rocks. Our results for Gogher-Baft ophiolite and the similarity of these to other Iranian Zagros ophiolites suggest a subduction initiation setting for the generation of these magmatic rocks.

  11. Mantle dynamics and Cretaceous magmatism in east-central China: Insight from teleseismic tomograms

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    Jiang, Guoming; Zhang, Guibin; Zhao, Dapeng; Lü, Qingtian; Li, Hongyi; Li, Xinfu

    2015-11-01

    Both the rich mineralization in the Lower Yangtze Block (LYB) and the post-collisional mafic rocks in the Dabie Orogen (DBO) are closely related to the Cretaceous magmatism in east-central China. Various geodynamic models have been proposed for explaining the mechanism of the Cretaceous magmatism, but these models are controversial and even contradictory with each other, especially on the mechanism of adakites. A unified geodynamic model is required for explaining the magmatism in east-central China, in particular, the spatial and temporal correlations of magmatic activity in the DBO and that in the LYB. For this purpose, we apply teleseismic tomography to study P-wave velocity structure down to 800 km depth beneath east-central China. A modified multiple-channel cross-correlation method is used to collect 28,805 high-quality P-wave arrival-time data from seismograms of distant earthquakes recorded by permanent seismic stations and our temporary stations in the study region. To remove the influence of crustal heterogeneity on the mantle tomography, we used the CRUST1.0 model to correct the teleseismic relative residuals. Our tomography revealed distinct high-velocity (high-V) anomalies beneath the DBO and two flanks of the LYB, and low-velocity (low-V) anomalies above the high-V zones. Combining our tomographic images with previous geological, geochemical and geophysical results, we infer that these high-V and low-V anomalies reflect the detached lithosphere and upwelling asthenospheric materials, respectively, which are associated with the Late Mesozoic dynamic process and the Cretaceous magmatism. We propose a double-slab subduction model that a ridge subduction yielded the adakitic rocks in the LYB during 150-135 Ma and the subsequent Pacific Plate subduction played a crucial role in not only the formation of igneous rocks in the LYB but also remelting of the subducted South China Block beneath the DBO during 135-101 Ma.

  12. Variation on Foraminiferal Composition in Cretaceous Black-Gray-Red Bed Sequence of Southern Tibet, China

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    Wan Xiaoqiao; Si Jialiang

    2004-01-01

    An Upper Cretaceous black-gray-red bed sequence was deposited in the Tethys-Himalayan Sea where abundant foraminifera,especially planktons,were yielded. In the shallow shelf to the upper slope on the north margin of Indian plate was recorded an extinction-recovery-radiation cycle of foraminiferal fauna highly sensitive to paleoceanographical changes. The black unit, consisting of the Late Cenomanian-earliest Turonian beds, displays a major extinction, with keeled planktonic and many benthic species as the principal victims at the end of the Cenomanian when existed only low diversity, surface water-dwelling foraminifera. The gray unit spans a long-term recovery interval from the Turonian to the early Santonian with keeled planktonic foraminifera returning stepwise to the water column. The planktonic biota in the red unit, extremely abundant, indicate a biotic radiation during the Late Santonian and the Early Campanian, implying that the high oxygen levels had returned to all the oceanic depth levels, and that the water stratification disappeared, followed by the radiation of all depth-dwellers. The variation on foraminiferal faunas from the whole sequence refers to the extreme warm climate that appeared in the Middle Cretaceous and to the declined temperature toward the late epoch. Substantial deposits for this warming and cooling zones represent the black shales in the Middle Cretaceous and the red beds in the later period of the southern Tibet. The change in the foraminiferal composition corresponded to the formation of dysaerobic facies and to the development of high-oxidized circumstances.

  13. Constraints on deformation of the Southern Andes since the Cretaceous from anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility

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    Maffione, Marco; Hernandez-Moreno, Catalina; Ghiglione, Matias C.; Speranza, Fabio; van Hinsbergen, Douwe J. J.; Lodolo, Emanuele

    2015-12-01

    The southernmost segment of the Andean Cordillera underwent a complex deformation history characterized by alternation of contractional, extensional, and strike-slip tectonics. Key elements of southern Andean deformation that remain poorly constrained, include the origin of the orogenic bend known as the Patagonian Orocline (here renamed as Patagonian Arc), and the exhumation mechanism of an upper amphibolite facies metamorphic complex currently exposed in Cordillera Darwin. Here, we present results of anisotropy of magnetic susceptibility (AMS) from 22 sites in Upper Cretaceous to upper Eocene sedimentary rocks within the internal structural domain of the Magallanes fold-and-thrust belt in Tierra del Fuego (Argentina). AMS parameters from most sites reveal a weak tectonic overprint of the original magnetic fabric, which was likely acquired upon layer-parallel shortening soon after sedimentation. Magnetic lineation from 17 sites is interpreted to have formed during compressive tectonic phases associated to a continuous ~ N-S contraction. Our data, combined with the existing AMS database from adjacent areas, show that the Early Cretaceous-late Oligocene tectonic phases in the Southern Andes yielded continuous contraction, variable from ~ E-W in the Patagonian Andes to ~ N-S in the Fuegian Andes, which defined a radial strain field. A direct implication is that the exhumation of the Cordillera Darwin metamorphic complex occurred under compressive, rather than extensional or strike-slip tectonics, as alternatively proposed. If we agree with recent works considering the curved Magallanes fold-and-thrust belt as a primary arc (i.e., no relative vertical-axis rotation of the limbs occurs during its formation), then other mechanisms different from oroclinal bending should be invoked to explain the documented radial strain field. We tentatively propose a kinematic model in which reactivation of variably oriented Jurassic faults at the South American continental margin

  14. Orbital control on the timing of oceanic anoxia in the Late Cretaceous

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    Batenburg, Sietske; De Vleeschouwer, David; Sprovieri, Mario; Hilgen, Frederik; Gale, Andrew; Singer, Brad; Koeberl, Christian; Cocioni, Rodolfo; Claeys, Philippe; Montanari, Alessandro

    2015-04-01

    The oceans of the Cenomanian-Turonian transition, at the height of the Cretaceous greenhouse, were abruptly disturbed by a period of oceanic anoxia. This led to the brief but widespread deposition of black organic-rich shales in the world's oceans, such as the Livello Bonarelli in the Umbria-Marche Basin (Italy). However, the origin and exact timing of the onset of oceanic anoxia are debated. We present a 6-Myr-long astronomically-tuned timescale across the Cenomanian-Turonian Oceanic Anoxic Event 2 (OAE2), obtained from the Furlo and Bottaccione sections in the Umbria-Marche Basin. The cyclic climatic imprint on lithological, geophysical and stable isotope records allows us to decipher the relationship between orbital forcing and the Late Cretaceous carbon cycle. The deposition of black shales and cherts, as well as the onset of oceanic anoxia, is related to maxima in the 405-thousand year cycle of eccentricity modulated precession. In this study, we also present a new radioisotopic Ar/Ar age for the Thatcher bentonite occurring within the mid-Cenomanian carbon isotope event in the Western Interior of the USA. We correlate our astrochronology from the Umbria-Marche Basin to this new and recent radioisotopic ages, and we come to an unprecedented age control for European successions. The most likely tuned age for the Livello Bonarelli base is 94.22 Ma, however a 405-kyr older age cannot be excluded due to increasing uncertainties in stratigraphic correlation, radioisotopic dating, and orbital configuration. Although volcanism was probably the ultimate driver of OAE2, the cyclicity of the Umbria-Marche successions reveals that the exact timing of carbon cycle perturbations in the Late Cretaceous was determined by orbital periodicities.

  15. Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary in the Antarctic: Climatic cooling precedes biotic crisis

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    Stott, Lowell D.; Kennett, James P.

    1988-01-01

    Stable isotopic investigations were conducted on calcareous microfossils across two deep sea Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary sequences on Maud Rise, Weddell Sea, Antarctica. The boundary is taken at the level of massive extinctions in calcareous planktonic microfossils, and coincides with a sharp lithologic change from pure calcareous ooze to calcareous ooze with a large volcanic clay component. The uppermost Maestrichtian is marked by a long-term decrease in delta value of 0 to 18 which spans most of the lower and middle A. mayaroensis Zone and represents a warming trend which culminated in surface water temperatures of about 16 C. At approximately 3 meters below the K-T boundary this warming trend terminates abruptly and benthic and planktonic isotopic records exhibit a rapid increase in delta value of 0 to 18 that continues up to the K-T boundary. The trend towards cooler surface water temperatures stops abruptly at the K-T boundary and delta value of 0 to 18 values remain relatively stable through the Paleocene. Comparison of the Antarctic sequence with the previously documented deep sea records in the South Atlantic reveal shifts of similar magnitude in the latest Maestrichtian. It is indicated that the Southern Ocean underwent the most significant, and apparently permanent, climatic change. The latest Cretaceous oxygen isotopic shift recorded at Maud Rise and other deep sea sites is similar in magnitude to large positive delta valve of 0 to 18 shifts in the middle Eocene, at the Eocene/Oligocene boundary and in the middle Miocene that marked large scale climatic transitions which ultimately lead to cryospheric development of the Antarctic. The climatic shift at the end of the Cretaceous represents one of the most significant climatic transitions recorded in the latest Phanerozoic and had a profound effect on global climate as well as oceanic circulation.

  16. Group dynamics.

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    Scandiffio, A L

    1990-12-01

    Group dynamics play a significant role within any organization, culture, or unit. The important thing to remember with any of these structures is that they are made up of people--people with different ideas, motivations, background, and sometimes different agendas. Most groups, formal or informal, look for a leader in an effort to maintain cohesiveness of the unit. At times, that cultural bond must be developed; once developed, it must be nurtured. There are also times that one of the group no longer finds the culture comfortable and begins to act out behaviorally. It is these times that become trying for the leader as she or he attempts to remain objective when that which was once in the building phase of group cohesiveness starts to fall apart. At all times, the manager must continue to view the employee creating the disturbance as an integral part of the group. It is at this time that it is beneficial to perceive the employee exhibiting problem behaviors as a special employee, as one who needs the benefit of your experience and skills, as one who is still part of the group. It is also during this time that the manager should focus upon her or his own views in the area of power, communication, and the corporate culture of the unit that one has established before attempting to understand another's point of view. Once we understand our own motivation and accept ourselves, it is then that we may move on to offer assistance to another. Once we understand our insecurities recognizing staff dysfunction as a symptom of system dysfunction will not be so threatening to the concept of the manager that we perceive ourselves to be. It takes a secure person to admit that she or he favors staff before deciding to do something to change things. The important thing to know is that it can be done. The favored staff can find a new way of relating to others, the special employee can find new modes of behavior (and even find self-esteem in the process), the group can find new ways

  17. Paleoecology and Paleoenvironmental Interpretations of the Late Cretaceous Lower Cantwell Formation, Denali National Park, Alaska

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    Tomsich, C. S.; Salazar Jaramillo, S.; Jacobus, R. T.; McCarthy, P. J.; Fowell, S. J.; Fiorillo, A. R.

    2010-12-01

    The level of diversity of an ancient high-latitude fauna or flora is of interest not just for the study of species evolution and paleogeographic migration patterns, but also for the imminent response to an amplified climate change rate. Climate modelers thus focus increasingly on proxies of Polar Regions. A rich floral and faunal record indicative of a warm high-latitude paleoclimate is presently emerging from the late Campanian-Maastrichtian lower Cantwell Formation in Denali National Park, south-central Alaska. This thick (up to 4000m) alluvial fan succession was deposited during the latest accretionary phase of the Wrangellia terrane to the former southern margin of Alaska. Facies descriptions from outcrops near Sable Mountain and Polychrome Mountain record heterogeneous and laterally discontinuous lithologies characteristic of alluvial and marginal alluvial fan environments: braided channel, sandy channel, crevasse splay, sheetflood, floodplain, and lacustrine. Trace and plant fossils occur predominantly at lithological boundaries. The vertebrate fossil record encompasses tracks that can be attributed to fishes, pterosaurs, large and small non-avian theropods, birds, hadrosaurs, and ceratopsians. Hadrosaur footprints are abundant and record populations with multiple generations present. The pterosaur tracks constitute the northernmost fossil occurrence for these flying reptiles. Bird traces range from small, shore-wading bird tracks to those of a large crane-like bird. Diverse invertebrate tracks include freshwater bivalve, ostracode and gastropod trails, crayfish burrows, beetle and mole cricket tracks, wood borings and feeding traces on angiosperm leaves. Plant impression fossils represent dicotyledonous angiosperm leaves referable to nymphaealean, menispermoid, platanoid, trochodendroid and higher hamamelid groups; magnoliid seeds; diverse broad-leaved and blade-like monocot leaf fragments; the leafy shoots, leaves, cones, seeds and wood of cupressaceous and

  18. Geochemical characteristics of Cretaceous basaltic rocks in South China and constraints on Pacific plate subduction

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    CHEN Weifeng; CHEN Peirong; XU Xisheng; ZHANG Min

    2005-01-01

    Middle-Late Cretaceous Basaltic rocks (85―110 Ma) are distributed in the contemporaneous downfaulted red basins and volcanic-sedimentary basins in South China (including Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangdong, Fujian, Zhejiang provinces). They are geographically divided into two groups delimited by Wuyishan Range, namely the west area basaltic rocks (WABs) distributing over the west of Wuyishan Range and the east area basaltic rocks (EABs) distributing over the east of Wuyishan Range, and observed having distinct geochemical and isotopic characters.WABs are characterized by relatively low in K2O (0.44%―3.17%), alkalis (K2O+Na2O= 3.27%―6.80%) and Al2O3 (13.08%―16.75%) contents, but high in MgO (5.13%―8.78%) and TiO2 (1.12%―3.35%) contents. WABs are similar to ocean-island basalts (OIB) or intraplate basalts on trace elements and isotopes: no negative Nb and Ta anomalies, relatively low (REE (74.66 μg/g―287.72 μg/g) and LaN/YbN (4.49―22.10), low (87Sr/86Sr)I (average ratio is 0.704679), high εNd(t) (-1.81―8.00). In contrast, EABs display relatively high in K2O (0.55%―4.86%), alkalis (K2O+Na2O=2.95%―7.55%) and Al2O3 (15.80%―21.10%) contents, but low in MgO (2.63%―6.28%) and TiO2 (1.19%―1.86%) contents, strong negative Nb and Ta anomalies, enrichment in LILE (K, Rb, Ba and Th), relatively high ∑REE (79.68 μg/g―327.61 μg/g) and LaN/YbN (5.25―26.37), high (87Sr/86Sr)I (average ratio is 0.707658) and negative εNd(t) (-8.50― -1.22), similar to that of IAB (island arc basalts) or CAB (continental arc basalts). Accordingly, WABs were probably generated under continental rifting tectonic setting related to asthenosphere upwelling, and hence their source was characterized by mixing between EMⅡ with DM. Source of EABs may be enriched lithoshperic mantle which had ever undergone the metasomatism of fluid/melt derived from the subducted Pacific plate.This indicates that subduction of a paleo-Pacific plate (Kula) beneath the Eurasian continent had

  19. A new Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystem from Gondwana with the description of a new sauropod dinosaur

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    Jorge O. Calvo; Juan D. Porfiri; Bernardo J. González-Riga; ALEXANDER W. A. KELLNER

    2007-01-01

    A unique site at the northern area of Patagonia (Neuquén, Argentina) reveals a terrestrial ecosystem preserved in a detail never reported before in a Late Cretaceous deposit. An extraordinary diversity and abundance of fossils was found concentrated in a 0.5 m horizon in the same quarry, including a new titanosaur sauropod, Futalognkosaurus dukei n.gen., n.sp, which is the most complete giant dinosaur known so far. Several plant leaves, showing a predominance of angiosperms over gymnosperms t...

  20. Seawater strontium isotopes, acid rain, and the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary

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    Macdougall, J. D.

    1988-01-01

    A large bolide impact at the end of the Cretaceous would have produced significant amounts of nitrogen oxides by shock heating of the atmosphere. The resulting acid precipitation would have increased continental weathering greatly and could be an explanation for the observed high ratio of strontium-87 to strontium-86 in seawater at about this time, due to the dissolution of large amounts of strontium from the continental crust. Spikes to high values in the seawater strontium isotope record at other times may reflect similar episodes.

  1. Traces of a large crocodylian from the Lower Cretaceous Sousa Formation, Brazil

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    Campos, Herbert B.N.; da Silva, Rafael C.; Milàn, Jesper

    2010-01-01

    Body imprints and tracks attributed to large crocodylians from the Lower Cretaceous Sousa Formation of Brazil are described and interpreted as having been produced in a subaqueous environment. In addition to the crocodylian tracks, the assemblage also comprises isolated tracks from medium......-sized theropods. The studied crocodylian traces are interpreted as subaqueous traces possibly produced by Mesoeucrocodylia crocodyles, during half-swimming and resting next to the margin of a lake. This is the first record of crocodylian traces in Brazil and confirms the potential for finds of new ichnosites in...... the Rio do Peixe basins of northeastern Brazil....

  2. Cyclostratigraphic calibration of cretaceous magnetic polarity events (Cismon, Southern Alps, Italy)

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    Mayer, H.

    1994-01-01

    In an introductory section the problems of constructing a geologic time scale and the role of magnetic reversals and Milankovitch cycles in geochronology are outlined. Results of a detailed cyclostratigraphic and magnetostratigraphic study of the Valanginian/Hauterivian part of the pelagic limestone section at Cismon in the Southern Alps are presented and used in conjunction to estimate the duration of magnetic subchrons between CM10N and CM8. The new estimates are shorter than in most published time scales by a factor of two to three. More research along these lines may make a revision of the Early Cretaceous time scale necessary. ?? 1994 International Association for Mathematical Geology.

  3. An archaic crested plesiosaur in opal from the Lower Cretaceous high-latitude deposits of Australia

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    Kear, Benjamin P.; Schroeder, Natalie I; Michael S Y Lee

    2006-01-01

    Umoonasaurus demoscyllus gen. et sp. nov. is a new small-bodied (approx. 2.5 m) pliosauroid plesiosaur from the Lower Cretaceous (Aptian–Albian) of southern Australia. It is represented by several partial skeletons (one with a near complete skull is the most complete opalized vertebrate fossil yet known), and is unique in having large crests on the skull midline and above the orbits. Umoonasaurus is surprisingly archaic despite its relatively late age (approx. 115 Myr ago)—being simultaneousl...

  4. Using Ichthyoliths to Determine the Fish Response to the End-Cretaceous Mass Extinction

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    Sibert, E. C.; Norris, R. D.; Hull, P. M.

    2012-12-01

    Ichthyoliths are the small calcium phosphate fossil teeth, scales, and bone shards of fish and sharks. While it is extremely rare to find full body-fossils of fish, ichthyoliths are relatively abundant in oceanic sediments, with 10s to 100s of identifiable ichthyoliths in a few grams of sediment, most in the ocean. Rather, despite widespread extinction and upheaval in lower trophic levels, the earliest Paleocene ocean, in some regions of the planet, appears to have had ecosystems capable of supporting levels of fish comparable to or even above those of the Late Cretaceous.

  5. The upper Jurassic-lower cretaceous siliciclastic system in the Morocco offshore - Prevenance, transport and deposition

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    Bertotti, G.; Arantegui, A.; Charton, R.; Luber, T.; Redfern, J

    2015-01-01

    The Morocco segment of the Central Atlantic passive continental margin experienced km-scale exhumation during the early post-rift (late Jurassic-Early Cretaceous). In the Meseta and the High Atlas this led to the development of a N-S trending ridge sourcing terrigenous sediments which were brought to the Atlantic sea via wide rivers flowing on fairly flat plains. In correspondence with the W termination of the High Atlas, waters were deeper and no terrigenous sediments are found in the Lower ...

  6. Paleomagnetism of basalts from Alborz: Iran part of Asia in the Cretaceous

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    Wensink, H.; Varekamp, J.C.

    1980-01-01

    Paleomagnetic results are reported from 20 sites within three units of volcanic rocks of Cretaceous age from the Central Albon Mountains, Iran. After application of progressive demonetization either with alternating magnetic fields or with heating, the mean characteristic remanence direction is found to be Ilt = 33.3O, I = 4’7.5O (+s = 7.2’). Both the paleomagnetic analyses and the inspection of polished thin sections of the lavas point to magnetite as the main carrier of remanence. The paleo...

  7. The tectonic evolution of Southeast Asia through accretionary and extensional episodes since the Cretaceous

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    Seton, M.; Zahirovic, S.; Müller, R.

    2012-12-01

    Although a number of tectonic reconstructions exist that document the development of the present-day complex assemblage of exotic terranes in Southeast Asia, very few describe the continuously evolving plate boundaries and the geodynamic driving forces in the region. We propose a plate motion model that attempts to reconcile evidence from both surface geology and the subsurface mantle structure, and implement continuously closing plate polygons using our open-source plate reconstruction software, GPlates, for the eastern Asian margin and eastern Tethyan domain since the Cretaceous. We link the change from a compressional to an extensional regime along eastern Asia in the Late Cretaceous as the likely opening of the Proto South China Sea in a back-arc setting to account for obducted ophiolite sections on Palawan that are Cretaceous in age, with a likely Miocene emplacement resulting from subduction of the Proto South China Sea crust. Such an interpretation is also consistent with the timing of accretionary episodes along northern Borneo and the upper mantle slab visible in P-wave seismic tomography models. The development of Sundaland is also intricately linked to the opening of the Proto South China Sea and the accretion of Gondwana-derived micro-continental blocks, including East Java and West Sulawesi, in the Cretaceous. Whether Sundaland behaved as a rigid cohesive block, or whether Borneo rotated and moved relative to Sundaland has been a matter of debate due to inconsistencies between paleomagnetic and structural data. Paleomagnetic results indicate significant rotations of Borneo that are accommodated by oroclinal bending without the need for bounding transform faults, which are not obvious in both seismic and potential field data. In the absence of preserved seafloor, we use geological evidence such as ophiolite emplacements, magmatic episodes, paleomagnetic constraints, structural reactivation and deformation as proxies to build a self-consistent plate

  8. Boreal- Tethyan Correlation of the Jurassic – Cretaceous Boundary Interval by Magneto- and Biostratigraphy

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    Houša, Václav; Pruner, Petr; Zakharov, V. A.; Košťák, M.; Chadima, Martin; Rogov, M. A.; Šlechta, Stanislav; Mazuch, M.

    2007-01-01

    Roč. 15, č. 3 (2007), s. 63-75. ISSN 0869-5938 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA205/07/1365; GA ČR(CZ) GA205/06/0842 Grant ostatní: Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RU) 03-05-64297; Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RU) 06-05-64284 Program no. 14 of the Earthscience Division RAS Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Jurassic- Cretaceous boundary * Boreal and Tethyan deposits * magnetostratigraphy * biostratigraphy * Northern Siberia Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 0.682, year: 2007

  9. Cap-shaped gastropods from Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous deposits of northern East Siberia

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    Guzhov, A. V.; Zakharov, V. A.

    2015-09-01

    Cap-shaped gastropods are first identified in Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous sections of northern East Siberia. They belong to three new genera of the subclass Pectinibranchia ( Boreioconus gen. nov., Nixepileolus gen. nov., and Taimyroconus gen. nov.), which are identified at the species level ( B. bojarkensis sp. nov., N. depressus sp. nov., T. zakharovi sp. nov.), and several species with the open nomenclature. The genus Taimyroconus attributed to the family Calyptraeidae is considered as an ancestral form of the genus Crepidula. The stratigraphic position of each taxon is determined for several sections. The facies confinement, habitat conditions, and ethology of defined genera are considered with the analysis of their geographic distribution.

  10. Bio markers from oil shales in the upper cretaceous Amman formation, N W Jordan

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    The presence of bio markers such as ho panes in oil shales from the upper cretaceous Amman Formation of N W Jordan indicaters the presence of immature organic mater. This is also suggested by predominance of 17 trisnorneohopane over 18 hopane. Sterane s, which are traced by GC/MS at m/z = 217, indicate a source input of organic matter derived predominantly from higher marine organisms such as fich. Also, the relatively high proportion of sterance compounds shows that the palaeoenvironmet in which the formation was deposited was mainly estuarine to open marine. (authors)

  11. Preservation of ancestral Cretaceous microflora recovered from a hypersaline oil reservoir

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    Gales, Grégoire; Tsesmetzis, Nicolas; Neria, Isabel; Alazard, Didier; Coulon, Stéphanie; Lomans, Bart P.; Morin, Dominique; Ollivier, Bernard; Borgomano, Jean; Joulian, Catherine

    2016-03-01

    Microbiology of a hypersaline oil reservoir located in Central Africa was investigated with molecular and culture methods applied to preserved core samples. Here we show that the community structure was partially acquired during sedimentation, as many prokaryotic 16S rRNA gene sequences retrieved from the extracted DNA are phylogenetically related to actual Archaea inhabiting surface evaporitic environments, similar to the Cretaceous sediment paleoenvironment. Results are discussed in term of microorganisms and/or DNA preservation in such hypersaline and Mg-rich solutions. High salt concentrations together with anaerobic conditions could have preserved microbial/molecular diversity originating from the ancient sediment basin wherein organic matter was deposited.

  12. First Record of Anisoptera (Insecta: Odonata) from mid-Cretaceous Burmese Amber.

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    Schädel, Mario; Bechly, Günter

    2016-01-01

    The fossil dragonfly Burmalindenia imperfecta gen. et sp. nov. is described from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber as the first record of the odonate suborder Anisoptera for this locality and one of the few records from amber in general. The inclusion comprises two fragments of the two hind wings of a dragonfly. The fossil can be attributed to a new genus and species of the family Gomphidae, presumably in the subfamily Lindeniinae, and features a strange teratological phenomenon in its wing venation. PMID:27394756

  13. Early Cretaceous ribbed aptychi - a proposal for a new systematic classification

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    Měchová, L.; Vašíček, Zdeněk; Houša, Václav

    2010-01-01

    Roč. 85, č. 2 (2010), s. 219-274. ISSN 1214-1119 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30860518; CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : Late Jurassic * J/K boundary * Early Cretaceous * aptychi Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 1.202, year: 2010 http:// apps .isiknowledge.com/full_record.do?product=WOS&search_mode=GeneralSearch&qid=6&SID=Z1P9aiFnKb7Ka2PiKmk&page=1&doc=2

  14. Exploring Early Angiosperm Fire Feedbacks using Coupled Experiments and Modelling Approaches to Estimate Cretaceous Palaeofire Behaviour

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    Belcher, Claire; Hudpsith, Victoria

    2016-04-01

    Using the fossil record we are typically limited to exploring linkages between palaeoecological changes and palaeofire activity by assessing the abundance of charcoals preserved in sediments. However, it is the behaviour of fires that primarily governs their ecological effects. Therefore, the ability to estimate variations in aspects of palaeofire behaviour such as palaeofire intensity and rate of spread would be of key benefit toward understanding the coupled evolutionary history of ecosystems and fire. The Cretaceous Period saw major diversification in land plants. Previously, conifers (gymnosperms) and ferns (pteridophytes) dominated Earth's ecosystems until flowering plants (angiosperms) appear in the fossil record of the Early Cretaceous (~135Ma). We have created surface fire behaviour estimates for a variety of angiosperm invasion scenarios and explored the influence of Cretaceous superambient atmospheric oxygen levels on the fire behaviour occurring in these new Cretaceous ecosystems. These estimates are then used to explore the hypothesis that the early spread of the angiosperms was promoted by the novel fire regimes that they created. In order to achieve this we tested the flammability of Mesozoic analogue fuel types in controlled laboratory experiments using an iCone calorimeter, which measured the ignitability as well as the effective heat of combustion of the fuels. We then used the BehavePlus fire behaviour modelling system to scale up our laboratory results to the ecosystem scale. Our results suggest that fire-angiosperm feedbacks may have occurred in two phases: The first phase being a result of weedy angiosperms providing an additional easily ignitable fuel that enhanced both the seasonality and frequency of surface fires. In the second phase, the addition of shrubby understory fuels likely expanded the number of ecosystems experiencing more intense surface fires, resulting in enhanced mortality and suppressed post-fire recruitment of gymnosperms

  15. An Early Cretaceous Avialian Bird, Shenzhouraptor sinensis from Western Liaoning, China

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    2003-01-01

    This paper describes an avialian bird from the Early Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation in Yixian county,western Liaoning, China, which is named as Shenzhouraptor sinensis by Ji et al. on July 15, 2002. Shenzhouraptor sinensis is characterized by no teeth in its mouth, the forelimbs longer than the hindlimbs, a long tail with more than 23 caudal vertebrae, U-shaped wishbone, and remiges longer than the total length of ulna and manus. It is certain that the new avialian bird is really capable of powerful flight, representing a missing link between theropod dinosaurs and birds.

  16. Group representations

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    Karpilovsky, G

    1994-01-01

    This third volume can be roughly divided into two parts. The first part is devoted to the investigation of various properties of projective characters. Special attention is drawn to spin representations and their character tables and to various correspondences for projective characters. Among other topics, projective Schur index and projective representations of abelian groups are covered. The last topic is investigated by introducing a symplectic geometry on finite abelian groups. The second part is devoted to Clifford theory for graded algebras and its application to the corresponding theory

  17. Group Anonymity

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    Chertov, Oleg; 10.1007/978-3-642-14058-7_61

    2010-01-01

    In recent years the amount of digital data in the world has risen immensely. But, the more information exists, the greater is the possibility of its unwanted disclosure. Thus, the data privacy protection has become a pressing problem of the present time. The task of individual privacy-preserving is being thoroughly studied nowadays. At the same time, the problem of statistical disclosure control for collective (or group) data is still open. In this paper we propose an effective and relatively simple (wavelet-based) way to provide group anonymity in collective data. We also provide a real-life example to illustrate the method.

  18. Salar de Atacama basin: A record of compressional tectonics in the central Andes since the mid-Cretaceous

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    Arriagada, Cesar; Cobbold, Peter R.; Roperch, Pierrick

    2006-02-01

    The Salar de Atacama basin lies in the inner fore arc of northern Chile. Topographically and structurally, it is a first-order feature of the central Andes. The sedimentary fill of the basin constrains the timing and extent of crustal deformation since the mid-Cretaceous. We have studied good exposures along the western edge of the basin and have correlated them with seismic reflection sections and data from an exploration well. Throughout most of its history, the basin developed in a foreland setting, during periods of thin-skinned and thick-skinned thrusting. Growth strata provide evidence for coeval sedimentation and thrust motions during mid-Cretaceous, Paleogene, and Neogene times. Pre-Neogene deformation was significant in the basin and in surounding areas of the early central Andes. Models that attempt to explain the current thickness of the central Andes should consider Late Cretaceous and Paleogene shortening, as well as the more obvious Neogene and Quaternary shortening.

  19. Application of the Sequence Stratigraphy in the Study of Cretaceous Tertiary of the Tarim Basin, Xinjiang, China

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    DING Xiaozhong; GUO Xianpu; PENG Yang; JI Yunlong; WANG Yineng

    2001-01-01

    According to the comprehensive study of the depositional sequence of the outcrop sections from Cretaceous to Tertiary of the Tarim Basin, and the analyses of the seismic sequence and drilling data,the strata of Cretaceous-Tertiary of the Tarim Basin can be subdivided into 30 3rd-order depositional sequences in the southwestern depression and 22 3rd-order dpositional sequences in the northwestern depression. This indicates that the 3rd-order sequences can not be correlated directly one by one because of their different tectonic settings and sedimentary environments. Whereas, based on the study of 2nd-order supersequence, the strata from Cretaceous to Tertiary can be divided into 4 supersequences and correlated isochronously in these two areas of the Tarim Basin.

  20. The eastern Black Sea-Caucasus region during the Cretaceous: New evidence to constrain its tectonic evolution

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    Sosson, Marc; Stephenson, Randell; Sheremet, Yevgeniya; Rolland, Yann; Adamia, Shota; Melkonian, Rafael; Kangarli, Talat; Yegorova, Tamara; Avagyan, Ara; Galoyan, Ghazar; Danelian, Taniel; Hässig, Marc; Meijers, Maud; Müller, Carla; Sahakyan, Lilit; Sadradze, Nino; Alania, Victor; Enukidze, Onice; Mosar, Jon

    2016-01-01

    We report new observations in the eastern Black Sea-Caucasus region that allow reconstructing the evolution of the Neotethys in the Cretaceous. At that time, the Neotethys oceanic plate was subducting northward below the continental Eurasia plate. Based on the analysis of the obducted ophiolites that crop out throughout Lesser Caucasus and East Anatolides, we show that a spreading center (AESA basin) existed within the Neotethys, between Middle Jurassic and Early Cretaceous. Later, the spreading center was carried into the subduction with the Neotethys plate. We argue that the subduction of the spreading center opened a slab window that allowed asthenospheric material to move upward, in effect thermally and mechanically weakening the otherwise strong Eurasia upper plate. The local weakness zone favored the opening of the Black Sea back-arc basins. Later, in the Late Cretaceous, the AESA basin obducted onto the Taurides-Anatolides-South Armenia Microplate (TASAM), which then collided with Eurasia along a single suture zone (AESA suture).

  1. Geochemical characteristics and the provenance of cretaceous basic dikes in Zhongdong area of Xiazhuang uranium ore field

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    The NWW-extending Cretaceous amphibolic diabase dikes are developed in Xiazhuang uranium ore field, Northern Guangdong province. Geochemical characteristics and the provenance of Cretaceous amphibolic diabases from Xiazhuang area have been studied from the aspects of major and trace elemental geochemistry. It can be concluded that the amphibolic diabases formed at internal plate tectonic setting with less crustal rocks assimilation during their intrusion and evolution, which mostly represent the primary magma from the mantle. The rocks are enriched in LREE, LILE, incompatible elements (K, Rb, Ba, Th,Ta, Ce, et al), have no Nb, Ta, Zr and Hf anomalies and Eu depletion compared with that of OIB basalts. Trace elements ratios and discrimination diagrams indicate that the amphibolic diabases came from the enriched mantle (EMI and EMII) and related to activities of Cretaceous hotspots (mantle plume) in Xiazhuang district. (authors)

  2. Intercontinental correlation of organic carbon and carbonate stable isotope records: evidence of climate and sea-level change during the Turonian (Cretaceous)

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    Jarvis, I.; Trabucho-Alexandre, João; Gröcke, D.R.; Uličný, D.; Laurin, J.

    2015-01-01

    Carbon (d13Corg, d13Ccarb) and oxygen (d18Ocarb) isotope records are presented for an expanded Upper Cretaceous (Turonian–Coniacian) hemipelagic succession cored in the central Bohemian Cretaceous Basin, Czech Republic. Geophysical logs, biostratigraphy and stable carbon isotope chemostratigraphy pr

  3. Survival of Theriosuchus (Mesoeucrocodylia: Atoposauridae) in a Late Cretaceous archipelago: a new species from the Maastrichtian of Romania

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    Martin, Jeremy E.; Rabi, Márton; Csiki, Zoltán

    2010-09-01

    Small terrestrial non-eusuchian mesoeucrocodylians are common components of Cretaceous assemblages of Gondwanan provinces with notosuchians and araripesuchids as flagship taxa in South America, Africa and Madagascar, well into the Late Cretaceous. On the other hand, these are exceedingly rare in Laurasian landmasses during the Late Cretaceous. Small terrestrial mesoeucrocodylians from Europe were often referred to the genus Theriosuchus, a taxon with stratigraphic range extending from the Late Jurassic to the late Early Cretaceous. Theriosuchus is abundantly reported from various European localities, although Asiatic and possibly North American members are also known. It has often been closely associated with the first modern crocodilians, members of the Eusuchia, because of the presence of procoelous vertebrae, a widespread key character diagnosing the Eusuchia. Nevertheless, the relationships of Theriosuchus have not been explored in detail although one species, Theriosuchus pusillus, has been extensively described and referred in numerous works. Here, we describe a new basal mesoeucrocodylian, Theriosuchus sympiestodon sp. nov. from the Maastrichtian of the Haţeg Basin, Romania, suggesting a large temporal gap (about 58 myr) in the fossil record of the genus. Inclusion of the new taxon, along with Theriosuchus guimarotae, in a phylogenetic analysis confirms its referral to the genus Theriosuchus, within a monophyletic atoposaurid clade. Although phylogenetic resolution within this clade is still poor, the new taxon appears, on morphological grounds, to be most closely related to T. pusillus. The relationships of Atoposauridae within Mesoeucrocodylia and especially to Neosuchia are discussed in light of the results of the present contribution as well as from recent work. Our results raise the possibility that Atoposauridae might not be regarded as a derived neosuchian clade anymore, although further investigation of the neosuchian interrelationships is needed

  4. U-Pb circon ages from the Milford Orthogneiss, Milford Sound, northern Fiordland : Paleozoic igneous emplacement and Early Cretaceous metamorphism

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    Milford Orthogneiss is an extensive hornblende-metadiorite/gabbro unit centred on Milford Sound, northern Fiordland. U-Pb TIMS data from zircon indicate both Paleozoic and Early Cretaceous age components, but cannot distinguish between a Palozoic or Early Cretaceous age for the igneous protolith. U-Pb zircon ion probe analyses, guided by cathodoluminescence images of the internal structure of the zircons, indicate that individual grains are either essentially Paleozoic (355 +/-10 Ma oscillaroty zoned igneous grains) or Early Cretaceous (134 +/-2 Ma patchy/sector zoned grains) in age. Rare grains show patchy/'sector' zones apparently overprinting and replacing oscillatory zonation. In most cases both types of grain are also rimmed by low-U zircon (120 +/-2 Ma) that may date the breakdown of a Zr-containing mafic phase during a second phase of prograde metamorphism. Other than the low U-rims, a (igneous) Cretaceous overgrowth over a Paleozoic core is not observed. We interpret these data to indicate that the protolith of the Milford Orthogneiss was emplaced at ∼360 Ma and subsequently metamorphosed in two distinct events in the Early Cretaceous (∼134 and ∼120 Ma. Thus 1) the Milford Orthogneiss cannot represent the metamorphic equivalent of the high-level Darran Complex (138 Ma) to the east, despite lithological and chemical similarities, and a major shear zone is confirmed between these two units; 2) Paleozoic 'cover' rocks in Fiordland may have suffered high-pressure metamorphism in the Cretaceous; 3) annealing or recrystallisation of zircon at ∼134 Ma is believed to record a high-pressure metamorphic event possibly related to subduction of the continental margin; and 4) Milford Orthogneiss may represent McCulloch et al.'s (1987) hypothesised source from which the Western Fiordland Orthogneiss was derived. (author). 36 refs., 9 figs., 2 tabs

  5. Tectaria group

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    Holttum, R.E.

    1991-01-01

    Polypodiaceae subfam. Dryopteridoideae section A, auct.: C. Chr. in Verdoorn, Man. Pteridol. (1938) 543, p.p. Aspidiaceae tribe Aspidieae auct.: Ching, Sunyatsenia 5 (1940) 250, excl. Lomariopsis and related genera. — Aspidiaceae, group of Ctenitis Copel., Gen. Fil. (1947) 153. Aspidiaceae auct.: Pi

  6. Group Learning.

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    Black, Susan

    1992-01-01

    Research suggests that cooperative learning works best when students are first taught group-processing skills, such as leadership, decision making, communication, trust building, and conflict management. Inadequate teacher training and boring assignments can torpedo cooperative learning efforts. Administrators should reassure teachers with…

  7. Ginkgoites myrioneurus sp nov and associated shoots from the Lower Cretaceous of the Jixi Basin, Heilongjiang, China

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    2004-10-01

    Ginkgoalean leaves attributed to Ginkgoites myrioneurus sp. nov. and associated long and dwarf shoots were collected from the Lower Cretaceous coal-bearing Muling Formation of the Jixi Basin, eastern Heilongjiang, China. The common characteristic feature of the various leaves is the dense venation. The species may be distinguished from other known species of Ginkgoites from the Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous of eastern Asia in having 8-18 closely arranged oblanceolate segments each with 6-16 veins. The fragmentary long and dwarf shoots are similar to those of extant Ginkgo biloba in gross morphology. They are considered to belong to the same tree as that which produced Ginkgoites myrioneurus.

  8. A Titanosaurian Sauropod Dinosaur with Opisthocoelous Caudal Vertebrae from the Early Late Cretaceous of Liaoning Province, China

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    YOU Hailu; JI Qiang; Matthew C. LAMANNA; LI Jinglu; LI Yinxian

    2004-01-01

    We describe a new titanosaurian sauropod dinosaur, Borealosaurus wimani gen. et sp. nov., based on a distinctive mid-distal caudal vertebra from the early Late Cretaceous Sunjiawan Formation exposed in the Shuangmiao village of Beipiao in Liaoning, China. We provisionally refer an isolated tooth crown, a middle caudal vertebra, and a right humerus from the same locality and horizon to this taxon. Borealosaurus is distinguished from other sauropods in its possession of opisthocoelous mid-distal caudal vertebrae. The occurrence of opisthocoelous caudals in Borealosaurus and the Mongolian sauropod Opisthocoelicaudia raises the possibility that these taxa pertain to an as-yet unrecognized titanosaurian subclade endemic to the Cretaceous Asia.

  9. Petrology and Sr-Nd-Pb isotope geochemistry of Late Cretaceous continental rift ignimbrites, Kap Washington peninsula, North Greenland

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    Thorarinsson, Sigurjon B.; Holm, Paul M.; Duprat, Helene I.; Tegner, Christian

    2012-03-01

    The Late Cretaceous-Palaeocene (71-61 Ma) Kap Washington Group (KWG) volcanic sequence is exposed at the north coast of Greenland. The sequence is bimodal and was erupted in a continental rift setting during the opening of the Arctic Ocean. The succession exposed on the Kap Washington peninsula, which forms the bulk of the KWG sequence (> 5 km thick), has been sampled along four traverses with a combined stratigraphic thickness of ca. 1500 m. The sampled sequence is dominated by silicic ignimbrites (69-79 wt.% SiO2) showing geochemical features typical of ferroan, A-type granitoids. The ignimbrites range from sparsely phyric, mildly peraluminous compositions [ASI = Al2O3/(CaO + Na2O + K2O) = 1.05-1.20] to feldspar + quartz ± sodic amphibole ± Fe-Ti oxide phyric peralkaline compositions [PI = (Na2O + K2O)/Al2O3 = 1.00-1.40]. The peraluminous ignimbrites appear to overlie the peralkaline ignimbrites, although stratigraphy is complicated by faulting. Fiamme imbrication indicates that both types were erupted from a vent area located north of the Kap Washington peninsula. The peralkaline ignimbrites have Sr-Nd-Pb isotopic compositions which overlap with the compositions of KWG basalts, indicating a dominantly basaltic source. The more peralkaline compositions were generated by up to ca. 50% fractional crystallisation of alkali feldspar-quartz-dominated assemblages from mildly peralkaline parental magmas, themselves probably derived by fractionation of trachytic magmas. The peraluminous ignimbrites have slightly negative ɛNd(i) and more radiogenic 207Pb/204Pbi and 208Pb/204Pbi. Modelling indicates that they are not cogenetic with the peralkaline ignimbrites and they are inferred to have originated by partial melting of hybridised mafic crust. Petrographic evidence suggests that magma mixing was an important process and variations in Nd-Pb isotopes and trace element ratios indicate mixing between peralkaline and peraluminous magma batches.

  10. A new pterosaur (Pterodactyloidea: Azhdarchidae from the Upper Cretaceous of Morocco.

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    Full Text Available The Kem Kem beds in South Eastern Morocco contain a rich early Upper (or possibly late Lower Cretaceous vertebrate assemblage. Fragmentary remains, predominantly teeth and jaw tips, represent several kinds of pterosaur although only one species, the ornithocheirid Coloborhynchus moroccensis, has been named. Here, we describe a new azhdarchid pterosaur, Alanqa saharica nov. gen. nov. sp., based on an almost complete well preserved mandibular symphysis from Aferdou N'Chaft. We assign additional fragmentary jaw remains, some of which have been tentatively identified as azhdarchid and pteranodontid, to this new taxon which is distinguished from other azhdarchids by a remarkably straight, elongate, lance-shaped mandibular symphysis that bears a pronounced dorsal eminence near the posterior end of its dorsal (occlusal surface. Most remains, including the holotype, represent individuals of approximately three to four meters in wingspan, but a fragment of a large cervical vertebra, that probably also belongs to A. saharica, suggests that wingspans of six meters were achieved in this species. The Kem Kem beds have yielded the most diverse pterosaur assemblage yet reported from Africa and provide the first clear evidence for the presence of azhdarchids in Gondwana at the start of the Late Cretaceous. This, the relatively large size achieved by Alanqa, and the additional evidence of variable jaw morphology in azhdarchids provided by this taxon, indicates a longer and more complex history for this clade than previously suspected.

  11. The bivalve Anopaea (Inoceramidae) from the Upper Jurassic-lowermost Cretaceous of Mexico

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    Zell, Patrick; Crame, J. Alistair; Stinnesbeck, Wolfgang; Beckmann, Seija

    2015-07-01

    In Mexico, the Upper Jurassic to lowermost Cretaceous La Casita and coeval La Caja and La Pimienta formations are well-known for their abundant and well-preserved marine vertebrates and invertebrates. The latter include conspicuous inoceramid bivalves of the genus Anopaea not formally described previously from Mexico. Anopaea bassei (Lecolle de Cantú, 1967), Anopaea cf. stoliczkai (Holdhaus, 1913), Anopaea cf. callistoensis Crame and Kelly, 1995 and Anopaea sp. are rare constituents in distinctive Tithonian-lower Berriasian levels of the La Caja Formation and one Tithonian horizon of the La Pimienta Formation. Anopaea bassei was previously documented from the Tithonian of central Mexico and Cuba, while most other members of Anopaea described here are only known from southern high latitudes. The Mexican assemblage also includes taxa which closely resemble Anopaea stoliczkai from the Tithonian of India, Indonesia and the Antarctic Peninsula, and Anopaea callistoensis from the late Tithonian to ?early Berriasian of the Antarctic Peninsula. Our new data expand the palaeogeographical distribution of the high latitude Anopaea to the Gulf of Mexico region and substantiate faunal exchange, in the Late Jurassic-earliest Cretaceous, between Mexico and the Antarctic Realm.

  12. Endolithic fungi: A possible killer for the mass extinction of Cretaceous dinosaurs

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    2008-01-01

    Mycelium-like structures found under ESEM within radial sections of fragmental dinosaur eggshells would be the endolithic fungi coexistent with dinosaur eggs in the upper part of the Late Cretaceous Hugang Formation from the Wenjiaping section of Wenxian, Danjiangkou, northwestern Hubei, Central China. The endolithic fungi selectively occurred in the bad biomineral zone within the columnar layer of the eggshells, where the crowded endolithic fungi penetrated the columnar layer at near-vertical or near-horizontal angles. The endolithic fungi are needle-like, ribbon-like and silk-like, and 5-18 μm long, 0.3-0.5 μm wide at their base, with pointed tip, and are unbranched. The hyphae are mainly composed of oxygen, carbon and calcium, and are with minor sodium, potassium, chlorine and sulfur. The en-dolithic fungi and host have the same characters in lithification, fracture and main chemical composi-tion. We suggested that the episode endolithic fungi invading dinosaur eggs may have taken place in the interval between after formation of dinosaur eggshells and before their petrifaction and that dino-saur eggs invaded by endolithic fungi would not be normally incubated or would only be incubated into venerable and pathologic baby dinosaurs to be easily to aborted and contributed to the mass extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of Cretaceous.

  13. Late Cretaceous - early Tertiary dextral transpression in north Sinai: Reactivation of the Tethyan Continental Margin

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    Moustafa, A.R.; Khalil, M.H. (Ain Shams Univ., Cairo (Egypt))

    1988-08-01

    Detailed photogeologic study and field checks indicate the North Sinai folds are associated with northwest-dipping upthrusts, especially on their southeastern steeply dipping flanks. These northeast-southwest-plunging folds include both large folded ranges (tens of kilometers long, e.g., Gebels Yelleq, El Maghara, and El Halal) and smaller folds (2-10 km long). The smaller folds have right-stepping en echelon arrangement and define six east-northeast elongated belts which were probably formed by right-lateral wrenching in Late Cretaceous-early Tertiary time. These belts are called the G, El Amrar belt, the G. El Mistan belt, the G. Um Latiya belt, the G. Falig belt, the El Giddi Pass-G. El Minsherah-G. El Burqa belt, and the Mitla Pass-G. Kherim-G. Araif El Naq belt. The existence of northwest-dipping upthrusts within and between these en echelon fold belts probably indicates the wrenching was convergent. The en echelon fold belts are proposed to overlie pre-existing deep-seated faults which could have been formed by the Late Triassic-Liassic rifting of north Africa-Arabia to form the southern passive continental margin of the Tethys sea. Mesozoic rocks thicken across these faults. Late Cretaceous-early Tertiary reactivation of these faults by dextral transpression probably resulted from the oblique movement between Africa and Eurasia to close the Tethys sea.

  14. Endolithic fungi: A possible killer for the mass extinc-tion of Cretaceous dinosaurs

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    GONG YiMing; XU Ran; HU Bi

    2008-01-01

    Mycelium-like structures found under ESEM within radial sections of fragmental dinosaur eggshells would be the endolithic fungi coexistent with dinosaur eggs in the upper part of the Late Cretaceous Hugang Formation from the Wenjiaping section of Wenxian, Danjiangkou, northwestern Hubei, Central China. The endolithic fungi selectively occurred in the bad biomineral zone within the columnar layer of the eggshells, where the crowded endolithic fungi penetrated the columnar layer at near-vertical or near-horizontal angles. The endolithic fungi are needle-like, ribbon-like and silk-like, and 5-18 μm long, 0.3-0.5 μm wide at their base, with pointed tip, and are unbranched. The hyphae are mainly composed of oxygen, carbon and calcium, and are with minor sodium, potassium, chlorine and sulfur. The en-dolithic fungi and host have the same characters in lithification, fracture and main chemical composi-tion. We suggested that the episode endolithic fungi invading dinosaur eggs may have taken place in the interval between after formation of dinosaur eggshells and before their petrifaction and that dino-saur eggs invaded by endolithic fungi would not be normally incubated or would only be incubated into venerable and pathologic baby dinosaurs to be easily to aborted and contributed to the mass extinction of the dinosaurs at the end of Cretaceous.

  15. Low-magnesium calcite produced by coralline algae in seawater of Late Cretaceous composition.

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    Stanley, Steven M; Ries, Justin B; Hardie, Lawrence A

    2002-11-26

    Shifts in the MgCa ratio of seawater driven by changes in midocean ridge spreading rates have produced oscillations in the mineralogy of nonskeletal carbonate precipitates from seawater on time scales of 10(8) years. Since Cambrian time, skeletal mineralogies of anatomically simple organisms functioning as major reef builders or producers of shallow marine limestones have generally corresponded in mineral composition to nonskeletal precipitates. Here we report on experiments showing that the ambient MgCa ratio actually governs the skeletal mineralogy of some simple organisms. In modern seas, coralline algae produce skeletons of high-Mg calcite (>4 mol % MgCO(3)). We grew three species of these algae in artificial seawaters having three different MgCa ratios. All of the species incorporated amounts of Mg into their skeletons in proportion to the ambient MgCa ratio, mimicking the pattern for nonskeletal precipitation. Thus, the algae calcified as if they were simply inducing precipitation from seawater through their consumption of CO(2) for photosynthesis; presumably organic templates specify the calcite crystal structure of their skeletons. In artificial seawater with the low MgCa ratio of Late Cretaceous seas, the algae in our experiments produced low-Mg calcite (MgCO(3)), the carbonate mineral formed by nonskeletal precipitation in those ancient seas. Our results suggest that many taxa that produce high-Mg calcite today produced low-Mg calcite in Late Cretaceous seas. PMID:12399549

  16. Biogeochemical significance of pelagic ecosystem function: an end-Cretaceous case study.

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    Henehan, Michael J; Hull, Pincelli M; Penman, Donald E; Rae, James W B; Schmidt, Daniela N

    2016-05-19

    Pelagic ecosystem function is integral to global biogeochemical cycling, and plays a major role in modulating atmospheric CO2 concentrations (pCO2). Uncertainty as to the effects of human activities on marine ecosystem function hinders projection of future atmospheric pCO2 To this end, events in the geological past can provide informative case studies in the response of ecosystem function to environmental and ecological changes. Around the Cretaceous-Palaeogene (K-Pg) boundary, two such events occurred: Deccan large igneous province (LIP) eruptions and massive bolide impact at the Yucatan Peninsula. Both perturbed the environment, but only the impact coincided with marine mass extinction. As such, we use these events to directly contrast the response of marine biogeochemical cycling to environmental perturbation with and without changes in global species richness. We measure this biogeochemical response using records of deep-sea carbonate preservation. We find that Late Cretaceous Deccan volcanism prompted transient deep-sea carbonate dissolution of a larger magnitude and timescale than predicted by geochemical models. Even so, the effect of volcanism on carbonate preservation was slight compared with bolide impact. Empirical records and geochemical models support a pronounced increase in carbonate saturation state for more than 500 000 years following the mass extinction of pelagic carbonate producers at the K-Pg boundary. These examples highlight the importance of pelagic ecosystems in moderating climate and ocean chemistry. PMID:27114586

  17. Late Cretaceous paleomagnetism and clockwise rotation of the Silver Bell Mountains, south central Arizona

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    Hagstrum, J.T.; Sawyer, D.A.

    1989-01-01

    Late Cretaceous ash flow volcanism in the Silver Bell Mountains of southern Arizona (32.3??N, 248.5??E) was associated with caldera formation and porphyry copper mineralization. Oriented samples from 34 sites in volcanic, volcaniclastic, and intrusive units related to this episode of igneous activity (73-69 Ma) yield a mean paleomagnetic direction of (I = 61.2??, D = 24.0??, ??95 = 7.6??. Previously determined paleomagnetic data for southeastern Arizona suggest that this apparent clockwise rotation in the Silver Bell Mountains is a local phenomenon. Although preliminary, the average paleomagnetic direction for Oligocene and lower Miocene rocks in the Silver Bell area (I = 43.8??, D = 357.3??, ??95 = 16.5??) is similar to that calculated for stable North America (I = 50.2??, D = 352.2??, ??95 = 3.9??), implying that the observed rotation in the Silver Bell Mountains occurred before 26 Ma and was most likely associated with dextral strike-slip movement along the Ragged Top and related WNW trending faults bounding the Silver Bell Mountain block. These data, in conjunction with plate reconstructions and other paleomagnetic data from southwestern North America, imply that WNW trending strike-slip faults may have played an important role during Late Cretaceous to early Tertiary deformation in southern Arizona. -Authors

  18. A new saurolophine dinosaur from the latest cretaceous of far Eastern Russia.

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    Pascal Godefroit

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Four main dinosaur sites have been investigated in latest cretaceous deposits from the Amur/Heilongjiang Region: Jiayin and Wulaga in China (Yuliangze Formation, Blagoveschensk and Kundur in Russia (Udurchukan Formation. More than 90% of the bones discovered in these localities belong to hollow-crested lambeosaurine saurolophids, but flat-headed saurolophines are also represented: Kerberosaurus manakini at Blagoveschensk and Wulagasaurus dongi at Wulaga. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Herein we describe a new saurolophine dinosaur, Kundurosaurus nagornyi gen. et sp. nov., from the Udurchukan Formation (Maastrichtian of Kundur, represented by disarticulated cranial and postcranial material. This new taxon is diagnosed by four autapomorphies. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: A phylogenetic analysis of saurolophines indicates that Kundurosaurus nagornyi is nested within a rather robust clade including Edmontosaurus spp., Saurolophus spp., and Prosaurolophus maximus, possibly as a sister-taxon for Kerberosaurus manakini also from the Udurchukan Formation of Far Eastern Russia. The high diversity and mosaic distribution of Maastrichtian hadrosaurid faunas in the Amur-Heilongjiang region are the result of a complex palaeogeographical history and imply that many independent hadrosaurid lineages dispersed without any problem between western America and eastern Asia at the end of the Cretaceous.

  19. Carbon isotope geochemistry of the Cretaceous-Tertiary section of the Wasserfallgraben, Lattengebirge, southeast Germany

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    Arneth, J.-D.; Matzigkeit, U.; Boos, A.

    1985-09-01

    Carbonates and organic matter in sediments of the Cretaceous-Tertiary (C/T) section of the Wasserfallgraben, Lattengebirge (Bavaria) have been investigated. All parameters—the carbonate content (C carb), its isotopic composition ( δ 13C carb, δ 18O carb) as well as the organic carbon content (C org), its isotopic composition ( δ 13C org) and the H/C ratio of the sedimentary organic matter—display systematic variations across the C/T boundary which cannot be attributed to a single cause. The boundary zone as a whole is tectonically disturbed and shows significant features of detrital contaminations. Unidirectional shift in δ 13C carb and δ 13C org are observed when directly comparing Maastrichtian (latest Cretaceous) and Danian (earliest Tertiary) sediments. These synchronous isotope displacements towards more negative readings are interpreted to reflect the reduced photosynthetic activity as consequence of the mass extinction at the C/T boundary. The results may have some bearings on other C/T profiles investigated where measurements on the reduced carbon species are still lacking.

  20. Petrochemistry and tectonic significance of Lower Cretaceous Barros Arana Formation basalts, southernmost Chilean Andes

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    Stern, C. R.; Mohseni, P. P.; Fuenzalida, P. R.

    The Lower Cretaceous Barros Arana Formation (Albian, hornblende KAr age of 104 Ma), in the Magallanes region of Chile, consists of a sequence of spilitized clinopyroxene- and amphibole-bearing mafic dikes and lavas, and volcaniclastic breccias, occurring within the sedimentary infill of the Rocas Verdes marginal basin and its eastward extension onto the Cretaceous continental platform. Although the original alkali and alkaline earth element concentrations of the basaltic lavas and dikes have been altered by spilitization, the presence of relict pargasitic amphibole phenocrysts, the absence of orthopyroxene, and high LREE contents and LREE/HREE ratios imply mildly alkaline affinities for these basalts. Their low TiO 2 and HFSE (Zr, Nb, Ta, and Hf) contents and high LREE/HFSE ratios suggest affinities with convergent plate boundary arc magmas. The Barros Arana basalts are interpreted as mafic members of the mildly alkaline shoshonitic rock suite of subduction-related arcs. They may have formed as subduction geometry began to undergo the changes (flattening) that ultimately led to the initiation of the closure, deformation, and uplift of the Rocas Verdes basin by the late or post-Albian. The low initial 87Sr/ 86Sr (0.7031) and high initial 143Nd/ 144Nd (0.51277) of the basalts indicate that a generally extensional tectonic regime east of the main calc-alkaline arc allowed eruption of these mafic shoshonites without interaction with continental crust (in contrast to the contemporaneous plutons of the Patagonian batholith).

  1. The first freshwater mosasauroid (Upper Cretaceous, Hungary and a new clade of basal mosasauroids.

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    László Makádi

    Full Text Available Mosasauroids are conventionally conceived of as gigantic, obligatorily aquatic marine lizards (1000s of specimens from marine deposited rocks with a cosmopolitan distribution in the Late Cretaceous (90-65 million years ago [mya] oceans and seas of the world. Here we report on the fossilized remains of numerous individuals (small juveniles to large adults of a new taxon, Pannoniasaurus inexpectatus gen. et sp. nov. from the Csehbánya Formation, Hungary (Santonian, Upper Cretaceous, 85.3-83.5 mya that represent the first known mosasauroid that lived in freshwater environments. Previous to this find, only one specimen of a marine mosasauroid, cf. Plioplatecarpus sp., is known from non-marine rocks in Western Canada. Pannoniasaurus inexpectatus gen. et sp. nov. uniquely possesses a plesiomorphic pelvic anatomy, a non-mosasauroid but pontosaur-like tail osteology, possibly limbs like a terrestrial lizard, and a flattened, crocodile-like skull. Cladistic analysis reconstructs P. inexpectatus in a new clade of mosasauroids: (Pannoniasaurus (Tethysaurus (Yaguarasaurus, Russellosaurus. P. inexpectatus is part of a mixed terrestrial and freshwater faunal assemblage that includes fishes, amphibians turtles, terrestrial lizards, crocodiles, pterosaurs, dinosaurs and birds.

  2. Evidence of temporary mining in the Cretaceous fossil mine assemblage of Negev,Israel

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    Valentin A.Krassilov

    2008-01-01

    Temporary mining is a peculiar behavioral trait in leaf parasites requiring adaptations of consecutive larval stages to the endophytic and ectophytic life.The first fossil evidence for the origin of the trait comes from the Cretaceous (Turonian) plant-insect locality of the Negev Desert containing rich trace assemblages of leaf parasites,including blotch mines with leaf pieces cut out for case construction,as well as attached larval cases.The host plants are deciduous broadleafs or aquatic angiosperms with emergent leaves,suggesting that initial acquisition of the habit might have been related to leaf abscission and the risk for the larva being chocked in the mine during floods.Unlike tracks of permanent miners,temporary mines never co-occur on leaves with other type mines,which attests to their effect of enhancing plant resistance.Mine predation appears to have been widespread in the Cretaceous biotic community,suggesting a possibility of top-down regulation of mining habits at this early stage of their evolutionary development.

  3. Metamorphic history and geodynamic significance of the Early Cretaceous Sabzevar granulites (Sabzevar structural zone, NE Iran

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    M. Nasrabady

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available The Iranian ophiolites are part of the vast orogenic suture zones that mark the Alpine-Himalayan convergence zone. Few petrological and geochronological data are available from these ophiolitic domains, hampering a full assessment of the timing and regimes of subduction zone metamorphism and orogenic construction in the region. This paper describes texture, geochemistry and the pressure-temperature path of the Early Cretaceous granulites that occur within the Tertiary Sabzevar suture zone of NE Iran. The geochemical data set document that the granulites are remnants of a MORB-type oceanic crust and thus of a (Early Cretaceous ? back-arc basin formed in the upper plate of the Neotethyan subduction and thus interpreted as portions of a dismembered dynamothermal sole formed during oceanic subduction. The metamorphic history of the granulites suggests an anticlockwise pressure-temperature loop, compatible with burial in a hot subduction zone followed by cooling during exhumation. This is interpreted as the evidence of a nascent subduction zone formed at the expenses of hot and hence young oceanic lithosphere. These data point to diachronous and independent tectonic evolutions of the different ophiolitic domains of central Iran, for which a growing heterogeneity in the timing of metamorphic equilibration and of pressure-temperature paths can be expected with further investigations.

  4. Jurassic–cretaceous deformational phases in the Paraná intracratonic basin, southern Brazil

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    A. J. Strieder

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper examines the domes and basins, regional arcs and synclines, and brittle structures of the Paraná Basin flood volcanism to characterize the deformational phases in its Jurassic to Cretaceous history. First-stage fieldwork revealed brittle structures, extensional joints, and strike-slip faults, and second-stage fieldwork investigated the connections of the brittle structures to both open folds and dome-and-basin features. Fault-slip data inversion was performed using two different techniques to distinguish local and remote stress/strain. Geometric and kinematic analyses completed the investigations of the deformation, which characterized two deformational phases for the Jurassic to Cretaceous periods in the Paraná Basin. Both developed under regional bi-directional constrictional (σ1 ≥ σ2 ≫ σ3 stress regimes that produced a number of non-cylindrical folds. A D1 deformational phase produced the N–S and E–W orthogonally oriented domes and basins. The D2 arcs and synclines are oriented towards the NW and NE and indicate a clockwise rotation (35–40° of both horizontal principal stress tensors. The extensional joints and strike-slip faults characterize the local stress field in the outer rim of the orthogonally buckled single volcanic flow, whereas the inner rim of the buckled single flow supported constriction and thus, developed the local arcuate folds.

  5. A New Family of Sauropod Dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous of Tianzhen, Shanxi Province, China

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    2000-01-01

    A new gigantic sauropod, Huabeisaurus allocotus gen. et sp. nov., about 20 m in length and 5 m in height, was discovered in the Upper Cretaceous Huiquanpu Formation, Tianzhen County,Shanxi Province. It is notably different from Diplodocidae, Titanosauridae and Nemegtosauridae in the following aspects: the teeth are strong, peg-like with a length ratio of the tooth crown to tooth root at about 3 to 1; the cervical vertebrae are long with forked spines; the spines in dorsal vertebrae are relatively high, unbifurcated; the caudal vertebrae are amphicoelous, with anterior neural spines and unbifurcated spines and chevrons; the femur is straight and long, narrow and flat and the tibia and fibula are long and flat. These characters show that the described genus should represent a new family, Huabeisauridae fam. nov. The discovery enriches the sauropod dinosaur record in China, and is quite significant to the study of the taxonomy, evolution, migration, extinction and palaeobiogeographic provincialism of the Late Cretaceous sauropod dinosaurs.

  6. Group play

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    Tychsen, Anders; Hitchens, Michael; Brolund, Thea;

    2008-01-01

    Role-playing games (RPGs) are a well-known game form, existing in a number of formats, including tabletop, live action, and various digital forms. Despite their popularity, empirical studies of these games are relatively rare. In particular there have been few examinations of the effects of the...... various formats used by RPGs on the gaming experience. This article presents the results of an empirical study, examining how multi-player tabletop RPGs are affected as they are ported to the digital medium. Issues examined include the use of disposition assessments to predict play experience, the effect...... of group dynamics, the influence of the fictional game characters and the comparative play experience between the two formats. The results indicate that group dynamics and the relationship between the players and their digital characters, are integral to the quality of the gaming experience in...

  7. Group therapy

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    Full text: In his review 'Genesis of Unified Gauge Theories' at the symposium in Honour of Abdus Salam (June, page 23), Tom Kibble of Imperial College, London, looked back to the physics events around Salam from 1959-67. He described how, in the early 1960s, people were pushing to enlarge the symmetry of strong interactions beyond the SU(2) of isospin and incorporate the additional strangeness quantum number. Kibble wrote - 'Salam had students working on every conceivable symmetry group. One of these was Yuval Ne'eman, who had the good fortune and/or prescience to work on SU(3). From that work, and of course from the independent work of Murray Gell- Mann, stemmed the Eightfold Way, with its triumphant vindication in the discovery of the omega-minus in 1964.' Yuval Ne'eman writes - 'I was the Defence Attaché at the Israeli Embassy in London and was admitted by Salam as a part-time graduate student when I arrived in 1958. I started research after resigning from the Embassy in May 1960. Salam suggested a problem: provide vector mesons with mass - the problem which was eventually solved by Higgs, Guralnik, Kibble,.... (as described by Kibble in his article). I explained to Salam that I had become interested in symmetry. Nobody at Imperial College at the time, other than Salam himself, was doing anything in groups, and attention further afield was focused on the rotation - SO(N) - groups. Reacting to my own half-baked schemes, Salam told me to forget about the rotation groups he taught us, and study group theory in depth, directing me to Eugene Dynkin's classification of Lie subalgebras, about which he had heard from Morton Hamermesh. I found Dynkin incomprehensible without first learning about Lie algebras from Henri Cartan's thesis, which luckily had been reproduced by Dynkin in his 1946 thesis, using his diagram method. From a copy of a translation of Dynkin's thesis which I found in the British Museum Library, I

  8. COMMUNICATIONS GROUP

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    The CMS Communications Group, established at the start of 2010, has been busy in all three areas of its responsibility: (1) Communications Infrastructure, (2) Information Systems, and (3) Outreach and Education. Communications Infrastructure There are now 55 CMS Centres worldwide that are well used by physicists working on remote CMS shifts, Computing operations, data quality monitoring, data analysis and outreach. The CMS Centre@CERN in Meyrin, is the centre of the CMS offline and computing operations, hosting dedicated analysis efforts such as during the CMS Heavy Ion lead-lead running. With a majority of CMS sub-detectors now operating in a “shifterless” mode, many monitoring operations are now routinely performed from there, rather than in the main Control Room at P5. The CMS Communications Group, CERN IT and the EVO team are providing excellent videoconferencing support for the rapidly-increasing number of CMS meetings. In parallel, CERN IT and ...

  9. Geochemical transition shown by Cretaceous granitoids in southeastern China: Implications for continental crustal reworking and growth

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    Chen, Jing-Yuan; Yang, Jin-Hui; Zhang, Ji-Heng; Sun, Jin-Feng

    2014-05-01

    Zircon U-Pb ages and in-situ trace elements and Hf-O isotope compositions, together with whole rock geochemical and Sr-Nd-Hf isotopic data, are presented for Cretaceous granitoids in southeastern (SE) China in order to establish their origin and the evolution of the underlying lithosphere during the Late Mesozoic. Two stages of Cretaceous magmatism, with contrasting geochemical features, have been identified: an earlier adakite-like biotite granite as represented by the Shangying pluton and a later enclave-bearing monzogranite as represented by the Zaoshan pluton. The Shangying biotite granites have a zircon U-Pb age of 99 ± 1 Ma. They have relatively low Y and Yb contents, with high La/Yb and Sr/Y ratios, showing geochemical features of adakite. Their Sr-Nd-Hf isotope compositions are similar to those of Early Cretaceous mafic rocks in the same area, indicating that they were generated by partial melting of juvenile granulitic crust at a depth of about 40 km. The source was formed by underplating of enriched lithosphere mantle-derived magmas. In contrast, the Zaoshan calc-alkaline monzogranites, their enclaves and associated dolerite dykes from the Zaoshan pluton have an emplacement age of ~ 88 ± 1 Ma. The dolerites have high MgO contents, relatively low SiO2 concentrations and low La/Yb ratios, and depleted Hf isotope compositions. All these geochemical features suggest that they were derived from a depleted spinel Iherzolite mantle source. The enclaves have high SiO2 contents, indicating that they were derived from a crustal source. They have variable zircon Hf and O isotope compositions, suggesting that two components, i.e., a high ɛHf(t) and a low δ18O component and a low ɛHf(t) and high δ18O component, were involved in their origin. The high zircon ɛHf(t) values and low δ18O values are similar to those of the dolerites, indicating a common source. Thus, we suggest that the enclaves were generated by partial melting of newly underplated depleted mantle

  10. “The Upper Turonian of the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin (Czech Republic) exemplified by the Úpohlavy working quarry: integrated stratigraphy and palaeoceanography of a gateway to the Tethys” [Cretaceous Research 25 (2004) 329–352] – Discussion

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    Laurin, Jiří

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 26, č. 4 (2005), s. 733-735. ISSN 0195-6671 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30120515 Keywords : Upper Turonian * Bohemian Cretaceous Basin * stratigraphy Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 0.981, year: 2005

  11. First multilocus and densely sampled timetree of trevallies, pompanos and allies (Carangoidei, Percomorpha) suggests a Cretaceous origin and Eocene radiation of a major clade of piscivores.

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    Santini, Francesco; Carnevale, Giorgio

    2015-02-01

    Carangoid fishes (trevallies, pompanos, jacks, dolphinfishes, cobias and remoras) include about 159 species of marine fishes found in tropical and temperate waters worldwide (Froese and Pauly, 2014). Many carangoids are powerful swimmers and active piscivores in and around coral-reef ecosystems. Some carangoid lineages, such as dolphinfishes, have evolved a pelagic lifestyle, while remoras spend their adult life attached to cetaceans, sharks, manta rays and large teleosts, feeding off skin parasites or leftovers from their host's meals. In spite of their taxonomic diversity, ecological dominance, economic importance to humans, and a rich fossil record dating to the Paleogene, relatively little is currently known about the tempo of evolution of this group. Here we present the results of the first time calibration study of carangoid fishes. Using a fossil-calibrated molecular timetree that includes 133 species of carangoids (∼85% of extant species), we show that this group originated in the Late Cretaceous and that several major lineages were already present before the K-Pg extinction. All major clades were in existence by the end of the Eocene, even though significant diversification has continued to occur throughout the history of this group. PMID:25450104

  12. Lego Group

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    Møller Larsen, Marcus; Pedersen, Torben; Slepniov, Dmitrij

    2010-01-01

    The last years’ rather adventurous journey from 2004 to 2009 had taught the fifth-largest toy-maker in the world - the LEGO Group - the importance of managing the global supply chain effectively. In order to survive the largest internal financial crisis in its roughly 70 years of existence, the...... phase out the entire sourcing collaboration with Flextronics. This sudden change in its sourcing strategy posed LEGO management with a number of caveats. Despite the bright forecasts, the collaboration did not fulfill the initial expectations, and the company needed to understand why this had happened...

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    The CMS Communications Group has been busy in all three areas of its responsibility: (1) Communications Infrastructure, (2) Information Systems, and (3) Outreach and Education. Communications Infrastructure The 55 CMS Centres worldwide are well used by physicists working on remote CMS shifts, Computing operations, data quality monitoring, data analysis and outreach. The CMS Centre@CERN in Meyrin, is the centre of the CMS Offline and Computing operations, and a number of subdetector shifts can now take place there, rather than in the main Control Room at P5. A new CMS meeting room has been equipped for videoconferencing in building 42, next to building 40. Our building 28 meeting room and the facilities at P5 will be refurbished soon and plans are underway to steadily upgrade the ageing equipment in all 15 CMS meeting rooms at CERN. The CMS evaluation of the Vidyo tool indicates that it is not yet ready to be considered as a potential replacement for EVO. The Communications Group provides the CMS-TV (web) cha...

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    The CMS Communications Group, established at the start of 2010, has been strengthening the activities in all three areas of its responsibility: (1) Communications Infrastructure, (2) Information Systems, and (3) Outreach and Education. Communications Infrastructure The Communications Group has invested a lot of effort to support the operations needs of CMS. Hence, the CMS Centres where physicists work on remote CMS shifts, Data Quality Monitoring, and Data Analysis are running very smoothly. There are now 55 CMS Centres worldwide, up from just 16 at the start of CMS data-taking. The latest to join are Imperial College London, the University of Iowa, and the Università di Napoli. The CMS Centre@CERN in Meyrin, which is now full repaired after the major flooding at the beginning of the year, has been at the centre of CMS offline and computing operations, most recently hosting a large fraction of the CMS Heavy Ion community during the lead-lead run. A number of sub-detector shifts can now take pla...

  15. Field trip quide. Stratigraphy, sedimentology and paleogeography of Cretaceous sequences in western part of the Western Carpathians

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    Aubrecht, R.; Borza, V.; Houša, Václav; Marschalko, R.; Mišík, M.; Salaj, J.; Vašíček, Z.

    Bratislava: Geologický ústav SAV Komenského univerzita, 1994, s. 57-67. [Annual Assembly IGCP Project No. 362 Tethyan and Boreal Cretaceous. Smolenice (SK), 03.10.1994-09.10.1994] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IA31363

  16. Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources in Cretaceous-Tertiary Coal Beds of the Gulf Coast Region, 2007

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    Warwick, Peter D.

    2007-01-01

    Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated a mean of 4.06 trillion cubic feet of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas in Cretaceous-Tertiary coal beds of the onshore lands and State waters of the Gulf Coast.

  17. Biostratigraphy and paleoecology of the Lower Cretaceous sediments in the Outer Western Carpathians (Silesian Unit, Czech Republic)

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    Svobodová, Marcela; Švábenická, L.; Skupien, P.; Hradecká, L.

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 62, č. 4 (2011), s. 309-332. ISSN 1335-0552 R&D Projects: GA ČR GA205/01/1582 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30130516 Keywords : microfossils * paleoecology * biostratigraphy * Lower Cretaceous * Outer Western Carpathians * Silesian Unit Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 0.787, year: 2011

  18. Diversity of flora and vegetation of the sandstone areas in the Bohemian Cretaceous Basin (Czech Republic/Germany/Poland)

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    Sádlo, Jiří; Härtel, Handrij; Marková, I.

    Praha : Academia, 2007 - (Hartel, H.; Cílek, V.; Herben, T.; Jackson, A.; Williams, R.), s. 161-176 ISBN 978-80-200-1577-8 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60050516 Keywords : biodiversity * Bohemian Cretaceous Basin * pseudokras Subject RIV: EF - Botanics

  19. Lower Cretaceous succession and biostratigraphy near overthrust plane of Silesian Nappe (Ostravice River Channel, Outer Western Carpathians, Czech Republic)

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    Halasová, E.; Vašíček, Zdeněk; Jansa, L.; Reháková, D.; Skupien, P.

    2012-01-01

    Roč. 87, č. 2 (2012), s. 383-406. ISSN 1214-1119 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z30860518 Keywords : Silesian Unit * Lower Cretaceous * thin sections * calcareous nannofossils * dinoflagellates Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 1.141, year: 2012 http://www.geology.cz/bulletin/fulltext/1326_Halasova.pdf

  20. Terebella phosphatica Leriche (Polychaeta) associated with phosphatic crusts and particles (Lower Turonian, Bohemian Cretaceous Basin, Czech Republic)

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    Žítt, Jiří; Vodrážka, R.

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 41, April (2013), s. 111-126. ISSN 0195-6671 Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : Terebella phosphatica tubes * Atreta-Bdelloidina encrusting community * Faecal pellet accumulations * phosphogenesis * Lower Turonian * Bohemian Cretaceous Basin Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 2.390, year: 2013

  1. 15N/14N variations in Cretaceous Atlantic sedimentary sequences: implication for past changes in marine nitrogen biogeochemistry

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    Rau, G.H.; Arthur, M.A.; Dean, W.E.

    1987-01-01

    At two locations in the Atlantic Ocean (DSDP Sites 367 and 530) early to middle Cretaceous organic-carbon-rich beds ("black shales") were found to have significantly lower ??15N values (lower 15N/14N ratios) than adjacent organic-carbon-poor beds (white limestones or green claystones). While these lithologies are of marine origin, the black strata in particular have ??15N values that are significantly lower than those previously found in the marine sediment record and most contemporary marine nitrogen pools. In contrast, black, organic-carbon-rich beds at a third site (DSDP Site 603) contain predominantly terrestrial organic matter and have C- and N-isotopic compositions similar to organic matter of modern terrestrial origin. The recurring 15N depletion in the marine-derived Cretaceous sequences prove that the nitrogen they contain is the end result of an episodic and atypical biogeochemistry. Existing isotopic and other data indicate that the low 15N relative abundance is the consequence of pelagic rather than post-depositional processes. Reduced ocean circulation, increased denitrification, and, hence, reduced euphotic zone nitrate availability may have led to Cretaceous phytoplankton assemblages that were periodically dominated by N2-fixing blue-green algae, a possible source of this sediment 15N-depletion. Lack of parallel isotopic shifts in Cretaceous terrestrially-derived nitrogen (Site 603) argues that the above change in nitrogen cycling during this period did not extend beyond the marine environment. ?? 1987.

  2. Reservoir attributes of a hydrocarbon-prone sandstone complex: case of the Pab Formation (Late Cretaceous) of Southwest Pakistan

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    Umar, Muhammad; Khan, Abdul Salam; Kelling, Gilbert;

    2016-01-01

    Links between the architectural elements of major sand bodies and reservoir attributes have been explored in a field study of the hydrocarbon-yielding Late Cretaceous Pab Formation of southwest Pakistan. The lithofacies and facies associations represented in the Pab Formation are the main...

  3. Geochemical evolution of Cenozoic-Cretaceous magmatism and its relation to tectonic setting, southwestern Idaho, U.S.A

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    Magmatism in the western United States spanned a change in tectonic setting from Mesozoic and early Tertiary plate convergence to middle and late Tertiary crustal extension. This paper presents new major element, trace element, and isotopic (Sr, Nd, Pb) data on a diverse suite of Cretaceous to Neogene igneous rocks from the Owyhee area of southwestern Idaho to evaluate possible relationships between the evolving tectonic regime and temporal changes in igneous activity. The oldest studied rocks are Cretaceous granitic intrusives that probably formed by large-scale mixing of Precambrian crust with subduction-related magmas. Silicic Eocene tuffs are also rich in crustal components, but have isotopic compositions unlike the Cretaceous intrusives. These data require at least two crustal sources that may correspond to domains of significantly different age (Archean vs. Proterozoic). The oldest mafic lavas in the study area are Oligocene andesites and basalts compositionally similar to subduction-related magmas derived from asthenospheric mantle and erupted through thick continental crust. Direct crustal involvement during oligocene time was limited to minor interaction with the mafic magmas. Miocene activity produced bimodal basalt-rhyolite suites and minor volumes of hybrid lavas. Compositions of Miocene basalts demonstrate the decline of subduction-related processes, and increased involvement of subcontinental lithospheric mantle as a magma source. Crustally-derived Miocene rhyolites have isotopic compositions similar to those of the Cretaceous granitic rocks but trace element abundances more typical of within-plate magmas. (orig./WB)

  4. Quantification of a greenhouse hydrologic cycle from equatorial to polar latitudes: The mid-Cretaceous water bearer revisited

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    Suarez, M.B.; Gonzalez, Luis A.; Ludvigson, Greg A.

    2011-01-01

    This study aims to investigate the global hydrologic cycle during the mid-Cretaceous greenhouse by utilizing the oxygen isotopic composition of pedogenic carbonates (calcite and siderite) as proxies for the oxygen isotopic composition of precipitation. The data set builds on the Aptian-Albian sphaerosiderite ??18O data set presented by Ufnar et al. (2002) by incorporating additional low latitude data including pedogenic and early meteoric diagenetic calcite ??18O. Ufnar et al. (2002) used the proxy data derived from the North American Cretaceous Western Interior Basin (KWIB) in a mass balance model to estimate precipitation-evaporation fluxes. We have revised this mass balance model to handle sphaerosiderite and calcite proxies, and to account for longitudinal travel by tropical air masses. We use empirical and general circulation model (GCM) temperature gradients for the mid-Cretaceous, and the empirically derived ??18O composition of groundwater as constraints in our mass balance model. Precipitation flux, evaporation flux, relative humidity, seawater composition, and continental feedback are adjusted to generate model calculated groundwater ??18O compositions (proxy for precipitation ??18O) that match the empirically-derived groundwater ??18O compositions to within ??0.5???. The model is calibrated against modern precipitation data sets.Four different Cretaceous temperature estimates were used: the leaf physiognomy estimates of Wolfe and Upchurch (1987) and Spicer and Corfield (1992), the coolest and warmest Cretaceous estimates compiled by Barron (1983) and model outputs from the GENESIS-MOM GCM by Zhou et al. (2008). Precipitation and evaporation fluxes for all the Cretaceous temperature gradients utilized in the model are greater than modern precipitation and evaporation fluxes. Balancing the model also requires relative humidity in the subtropical dry belt to be significantly reduced. As expected calculated precipitation rates are all greater than modern

  5. Cretaceous black shale and the oceanic red beds:Process and mechanisms of oceanic anoxic events and oxic environment

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    Zhenguo ZHANG; Nianqiao FANG; Lianfeng GAO; Baoling GUI; Muhua CUI

    2008-01-01

    The Cretaceous is an important period in which many geological events occurred,especially the OAEs (oceanic anoxic events) which are characterized by black shale,and the oxic process characterized by CORBs (Cretaceous oceanic red beds).In this paper,the causative mechanism behind the formation of black shale and the oceanic red beds are described in detail.This may explain how the oceanic environment changed from anoxic to oxic in the Cretaceous period.It is suggested that these two different events happened because of the same cause.On the one hand,the large-scale magma activities in Cretaceous caused the concentration of CO2,the release of the inner energy of the earth,superficial change in the ocean-land,and finally,the increase of atmospheric temperature.These changes implied the same tendency as the oceanic water temperature show,and caused the decrease in O2 concentration in the Cretaceous ocean,and finally resulted in the occurrence of the OAEs.On the other hand,violent and frequent volcanic eruptions in the Cretaceous produced plenty of Fe-enriched lava on the seafloor.When the seawater reacted with the lava,the element Fe became dissolved in seawater.Iron,which could help phytoplankton grow rapidly,is a micronutrient essential to the synthesis of enzymes required for photosynthesis in the oceanic environment.Phytoplankton,which grows in much of the oceans around the world,can consume carbon dioxide in the air and the ocean.Meanwhile,an equal quantity of oxygen can be produced by the phytoplankton during its growth.Finally,the oxic environment characterized by red sediment rich in Fe3+appeared.The anoxic and oxic conditions in the Cretaceous ocean were caused by volcanic activities,but they stemmed from different causative mechanisms.The former was based on physical and chemical processes,while the latter involved more complicated bio-oceanic-geochemical processes.

  6. Cardiovascular group

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    Blomqvist, Gunnar

    1989-01-01

    As a starting point, the group defined a primary goal of maintaining in flight a level of systemic oxygen transport capacity comparable to each individual's preflight upright baseline. The goal of maintaining capacity at preflight levels would seem to be a reasonable objective for several different reasons, including the maintenance of good health in general and the preservation of sufficient cardiovascular reserve capacity to meet operational demands. It is also important not to introduce confounding variables in whatever other physiological studies are being performed. A change in the level of fitness is likely to be a significant confounding variable in the study of many organ systems. The principal component of the in-flight cardiovascular exercise program should be large-muscle activity such as treadmill exercise. It is desirable that at least one session per week be monitored to assure maintenance of proper functional levels and to provide guidance for any adjustments of the exercise prescription. Appropriate measurements include evaluation of the heart-rate/workload or the heart-rate/oxygen-uptake relationship. Respiratory gas analysis is helpful by providing better opportunities to document relative workload levels from analysis of the interrelationships among VO2, VCO2, and ventilation. The committee felt that there is no clear evidence that any particular in-flight exercise regimen is protective against orthostatic hypotension during the early readaptation phase. Some group members suggested that maintenance of the lower body muscle mass and muscle tone may be helpful. There is also evidence that late in-flight interventions to reexpand blood volume to preflight levels are helpful in preventing or minimizing postflight orthostatic hypotension.

  7. Paleomagnetism of Jurassic-Cretaceous basalts from the Franz Josef Land Archipelago: tectonic implications

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    Abashev, Victor; Mikhaltsov, Nikolay; Vernikovsky, Valery

    2015-04-01

    New paleomagnetic data were obtained from a total of 158 oriented samples collected from the Jurassic magmatic complexes exposed on the Franz Joseph Land Archipelago (FJL). The field work was conducted during 2011 field season. Present study was focused on the tholeiitic basaltic lava flows that crop out on the Hooker Island. The samples were subjected to a detailed step-wise thermal demagnetization in temperatures up to 600 deg C or alternating field demagnetization with maximum filed up to 140 mT. Natural remanent magnetization (NRM) was measured with a 2G cryogenic magnetometer or a JR-6A spin-magnetometer housed in a magnetically shielded room at the Institute of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics, Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences. The main NRM carriers in the FJL samples are titanomagnetites with varying Ti-content. Magnetic remanence was unblocked in temperatures of 350-400 deg C. Some samples are characterized by unblocking temperatures of 560 deg C. The new paleomagnetic data were combined with those previously obtained from the early Cretaceous volcanics exposed on the FJL. A new mean paleomagnetic direction for the Jurassic rocks was calculated as D=78.3 deg, I=74.7 deg, a95=3.1 deg, k=194.3, N=13. A corresponding paleomagnetic pole is now located at Plat=62.1 deg; Plon=136.5 deg, A95=5.5 deg, K=63.6. New results suggest that the JFL occupied a significantly different position from that of the present day. However, in early Cretaceous the JFL was already located close to its present day position. We propose a rifting event between the North Barentz terrane (FJL and possibly Svalbard) and the counterpart of European tectonic domain. The rifting occurred during Early-Middle Jurassic. This event was accompanied by a significant shift of the FJL to the north-east for approximately 500 km. New results are in good agreement with a hypothesis that the FJL was passing over the Icelandic-Siberian hot spot during the Jurassic-Cretaceous time

  8. Recycled gabbro signature in Upper Cretaceous Magma within Strandja Massif: NW Turkey

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    Ulusoy, Ezgi; Kagan Kadioglu, Yusuf

    2016-04-01

    Basic magma intrusions within plate interiors upwelling mantle plumes have chemical signatures that are distinct from mid-ocean ridge magmas. When a basic magma interact with continental crust or with the felsic magma, the compositions of both magma changes, but there is no consensus as to how this interaction occurs. Here we analyse the mineral behavior and trace element signature of gabbroic rocks of the samples collected from the Strandja Massif. Srednogorie magmatic arc is a part of Apuseni- Banat-Timok-Srednogorie magmatic belt and formed by subduction and closure of the Tethys Ocean during Upper Cretaceous times. Upper Cretaceous magmatic rocks cutting Strandja Massif in NW Turkey belong to eastern edge of Srednogorie Magmatic arc. Upper Cretacous magmatic rocks divided into four subgroup in Turkey part of Strandja massif: (I) granitic rocks, (II) monzonitic rock, (III) syenitic rocks and (IV) gabbroic rocks. Gabbroic rocks outcropped around study area in phaneritic - equigranular texture. According to mineralogic - petrographic studies gabbros have mainly holocrystalline texture and ophitic to subophitic texture composed of plagioclase, amphibole, pyroxene, and rarely olivine and opaque minerals. Also because of special conditions there have been pegmatitic texture on mafic minerals with euhedral form up to 3 cm in size and orbicular texture which reach 15cm in size and rounded - elliptical form. Confocal Raman Spectroscopy studies reveals that plagioclase are ranging in composition from labradorite to bytownite, the pyroxene are ranging in composition from diopside to augite acting with uralitization processes and the olivine are generally in the composition of forsterite. Petrographic and mineralogical determination reveals some metasomatic magmatic epidote presence. Confocal Raman Spectroscopy studies on anhydrous minerals within gabbroic rocks shows affect of hydrous process because of magma mixing. The gabbroic rocks have tholeiitic and changed towards

  9. A Late Cretaceous Orogen Triggering the Tertiary Rifting of the West Sunda Plate; Andaman Sea Region

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    Sautter, B.; Pubellier, M. F.; Menier, D.

    2015-12-01

    Rifted Basins often develop in internal zones of orogenic belts, although the latter may not be easy to unravel. We chose the example of the super-stretched Andaman sea region affected by several stages of rifting in the internal zone of a composite collage of allochthonous terranes. We made use of a set of geophysical, geochronological and structural data to analyze the rifting evolution and reconstruct the previous compressional structures. - Starting in the late Oligocene the East Andaman Basin opened as a back arc in a right-lateral pull- apart. The rifting propagated Westward to the central Andaman basin in the Middle Miocene, and to the oceanic spreading stage in the Pliocene. - An early extension occurred in the Paleogene, marked by widespread opening of isolated continental basins onshore Malay Peninsula and offshore Andaman Shelf and Malacca Straits. The rifting was accommodated by LANF's along preexisting weakness zones such as hinges of folds and granitic batholiths. Continuous extension connected the isolated basins offshore, whereas onshore, the grabens remained confined. There, AFT data show an uplift phase around 30Ma. In the Late Cretaceous, a major deformation occurred oblique to the pre-existing Indosinian basement fabrics. The convergence was partitioned into thrusting and uplift of the Cretaceous volcanic arc in Thailand and Myanmar, inversion of Mesozoic basins, and coeval wrenching responsible for large phacoid-shaped crustal slivers bounded by wide strike slip fault zones. The slivers share similar characteristics: a thick continental core of lower Paleozoic sedimentary basins units surrounded by Late Cretaceous granitoids. Radiometric data and fission tracks indicate a widespread thermal anomaly in all West Sunda Plate synchronous to a strong uplift. In the Latest Mesozoic, the Western Margin of Sunda plate was subjected to a major E-W compression, accommodated by oblique conjugate strike slip faults, leading to the formation of a large

  10. Paired Magnetic Susceptibility Cyclostratigraphy and Revised Magnetostratigraphy with Late Cretaceous Euler Pole from Forbes Formation, Sand Creek, Sacramento Valley, California

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    Slotznick, S. P.; Raub, T.; Mitchell, R. N.; Ward, P. D.; Kirschvink, J. L.

    2012-12-01

    Magnetostratigraphy in Upper Cretaceous rocks of Sacramento Valley has successfully complemented biostratigraphy for correlating between circum-Pacific basins. Most paleomagnetic measurements were done pre-1990 using alternating field demagnetization only, due to oxidation accompanying thermal demagnetization. We present paleomagnetic data collected via thermal demagnetization in a flowing nitrogen atmosphere from 223 cores collected over a 130m of section of Forbes Formation in Sand Creek, CA spanning upper Dobbins Shale, Forbes Unit 2 and lower Unit 3. These results uniformly indicate Reversed Chron 33R, contra previously published magnetostratigraphy of the area (Ward et al. 1983, Verosub et al. 1989). Additionally, these paleomagnetic results yield a tightly-constrained paleolatitude for Forbes Formation of 31±3°, which varies significantly from previous APWP models ca. 83 Ma (Besse and Courtillot, 2002) suggesting an unaccounted-for deficiency in reconstructions of North America at this time. This discrepancy might indicate an inaccurate cratonic reference pole, underestimated intrabatholithic or distributed plate boundary deformation, and/or true polar wander. As opposed to other units yielding anomalous late Cretaceous paleolatitudes from outboard terranes, Forbes Formation in Sacramento Valley laps unambiguously onto the North American continent. A 25m AW34 core was collected using a Winkie drillrig near the top of Dobbins Shale Mbr. Paleomagnetic measurements on subsamples from the Winkie core, unaffected by surface weathering, combine with the surficial dataset, and we propose a new set of Euler pole solutions potentially quantifying Basin and Range extension and late Cretaceous intra-Sierran shear. Through magnetic susceptibility measurements of the Winkie core, we were able to resolve orbital cycles which, paired with rock magnetic measurements, constrain basin subsidence and sedimentation rate off the Sierran arc at its age of termination. Re

  11. The stratigraphy of cretaceous mudstones in the eastern Fuegian Andes: new data from body and trace fossils

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    Eduardo B. Olivero

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available The stratigraphy of Cretaceous marine mudstones in the Fuegian Andes, roughly equivalent to Charles Darwin's clay-slate formation, remains a still unsolved problem. Previous records of Albian, Turonian-Coniacian, and Santonian-Campanian bivalves are combined with new findings of the Late Albian inoceramid Inoceramus anglicus Woods, and the Maastrichtian ammonites Diplomoceras sp., Anagaudryceras sp., Maorites densicostatus (Kilian and Reboul, Maorites sp., and Pachydiscus (Neodesmoceras sp. to further constrain the Cretaceous stratigraphy of the eastern Fuegian Andes. In addition, new records of distinctive trace fossils and ichnofabric are meaningful for stratigraphic division and delineation of paleoenvironmental settings in these Cretaceous mudstones. The Lower Cretaceous ichnoassemblage of Chondrites targioni (Brongniart and Zoophycos isp. is consistent with the inferred slope-volcaniclastic apron settings of the Yahgan Formation; Nereites missouriensis (Weller reflects distal basin plain depositional settings for the Beauvoir Formation. In the Upper Cretaceous, the "Estratos de Buen Suceso" record the earliest extensively bioturbated horizons, reflecting prolonged well-oxygenated bottom conditions. In the Bahía Thetis Formation, organic-rich, channel margin or distal basin slaty mudstones record the last occurrence of inoceramid bivalves in the Austral Basin; the generalized absence of trace fossils is consistent with dysoxic bottom conditions. The thoroughly bioturbated Policarpo Formation, records a marked change in paleoceanographic conditions. The strong contrast in the intensity of bioturbation between the Upper Campanian-Maastrichtian Bahía Thetis Formation, almost devoid of trace fossils, and the highly bioturbated Maastrichtian-Danian Policarpo Formation reflects a change from dysoxic-anoxic to well ventilated conditions, probably associated with a cooling trend of bottom waters in the austral deep oceans.

  12. Late Cretaceous remagnetization of Proterozoic mafic dikes, southern Highland Mountains, southwestern Montana: A paleomagnetic and 40Ar/39Ar study

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    Harlan, S.S.; Geissman, J.W.; Snee, L.W.; Reynolds, R.L.

    1996-01-01

    Paleomagnetic results from Early Proterozoic metabasite sills and Middle Proterozoic diabase dikes from the southern Highland Mountains of southwestern Montana give well-defined, dual-polarity magnetizations that are statistically identical to those from a small Late Cretaceous pluton that cuts the dikes. The concordance of paleomagnetic directions from rocks of three widely separated ages indicates that the Proterozoic rocks were remagnetized, probably during Late Cretaceous time. Paleomagnetic, rock magnetic, and petrographic observations from the metabasite and diabase samples indicate that remanence is carried primarily by low-Ti magnetite. Combining virtual geomagnetic poles from metabasite sills, diabase dikes, and the Late Cretaceous pluton, we obtain a paleomagnetic pole at 85.5??N, 310.7??E (K = 19.9, A95 = 9.1??, N = 14 sites) that is similar to a reference pole from the 74 Ma Adel Mountain Volcanics of western Montana. Biotite and hornblende 40Ar/39Ar isotopic dates from host basement geneiss and a hornblende from a remagnetized metabasite sill yield ages of ca. 1800 Ma; these dates probably record cooling of the southern Highland Mountains following high-grade metamorphism at 1.9-1.8 Ga. The gneiss and metabasite age spectra show virtually no evidence of disturbance, indicating that the basement rocks were never heated to temperatures sufficient to cause even partial resetting of their argon systems. Thus, the overprint magnetization of the Highland Mountains rocks is not a thermoremanent magnetization acquired during conductive cooling of nearby Late Cretaceous plutons. Remagnetization of the metabasite sills and diabase dikes was probably caused by localized thermochemical and thermoviscous effects during circulation of Late Cretaceous hydrothermal fluids related to epithermal mineralization. The absence of significant disturbance to the 40Ar/39Ar age spectrum from the remagnetized metabasite hornblende indicates that some secondary magnetizations may

  13. Depositional sequence architecture and filling response model of the Cretaceous in the Kuqa depression, the Tarim basin

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    LIN; Changsong; WANG; Qinghua; XIAO; Jianxin; WANG; Guoli

    2004-01-01

    The Cretaceous system of the Kuqa depression is a regional scale (second order) depositional sequence defined by parallel unconformities or minor angular unconformities. It can be divided into four third-order sequence sets, eleven third-order sequences and tens of fourth- and fifth-order sequences. It consists generally of a regional depositional cycle from transgression to regression and is composed of three sets of facies associations: alluvial-fluvial, braided river-deltaic and lacustrine-deltaic facies associations. They represent the lowstand, transgressive and highstand facies tracts within the second-order sequence. The tectonic subsidence curve reconstructed by backstripping technique revealed that the Cretaceous Kuqa depression underwent a subsidence history from early accelerated subsidence, middle rapid subsidence and final slower subsidence phases during the Cretaceous time, with the correspondent tectonic subsidence rates being 30-35 m/Ma, 40-45 m/Ma and 5-10 m/Ma obtained from northern foredeep. This is likely attributed to the foreland dynamic process from early thrust flexural subsidence to late stress relaxation and erosion rebound uplift. The entire sedimentary history and the development of the three facies tracts are a response to the basin subsidence process. The slower subsidence foreland gentle slope was a favorable setting for the formation of braided fluvial deltaic systems during the late period of the Cretaceous, which comprise the important sandstone reservoirs in the depression. Sediment records of impermanent marine transgression were discovered in the Cretaceous and the major marine horizons are correctable to the highstands of the global sea level during the period.

  14. Group evaporation

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    Shen, Hayley H.

    1991-01-01

    Liquid fuel combustion process is greatly affected by the rate of droplet evaporation. The heat and mass exchanges between gas and liquid couple the dynamics of both phases in all aspects: mass, momentum, and energy. Correct prediction of the evaporation rate is therefore a key issue in engineering design of liquid combustion devices. Current analytical tools for characterizing the behavior of these devices are based on results from a single isolated droplet. Numerous experimental studies have challenged the applicability of these results in a dense spray. To account for the droplets' interaction in a dense spray, a number of theories have been developed in the past decade. Herein, two tasks are examined. One was to study how to implement the existing theoretical results, and the other was to explore the possibility of experimental verifications. The current theoretical results of group evaporation are given for a monodispersed cluster subject to adiabatic conditions. The time evolution of the fluid mechanic and thermodynamic behavior in this cluster is derived. The results given are not in the form of a subscale model for CFD codes.

  15. COMMUNICATIONS GROUP

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    L. Taylor

    2010-01-01

    The recently established CMS Communications Group, led by Lucas Taylor, has been busy in all three of its main are areas of responsibility: Communications Infrastructure, Information Systems, and Outreach and Education Communications Infrastructure The damage caused by the flooding of the CMS Centre@CERN on 21st December has been completely repaired and all systems are back in operation. Major repairs were made to the roofs, ceilings and one third of the floor had to be completely replaced. Throughout these works, the CMS Centre was kept operating and even hosted a major press event for first 7 TeV collisions, as described below. Incremental work behind the scenes is steadily improving the quality of the CMS communications infrastructure, particularly Webcasting, video conferencing, and meeting rooms at CERN. CERN/IT is also deploying a pilot service of a new videoconference tool called Vidyo, to assess whether it might provide an enhanced service at a lower cost, compared to the EVO tool currently in w...

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    2011-01-01

    Communications Infrastructure The 55 CMS Centres worldwide are well used by physicists working on remote CMS shifts, Computing operations, data quality monitoring, data analysis and outreach. The CMS Centre@CERN in Meyrin is particularly busy at the moment, hosting about 50 physicists taking part in the heavy-ion data-taking and analysis. Three new CMS meeting room will be equipped for videoconferencing in early 2012: 40/5B-08, 42/R-031, and 28/S-029. The CMS-TV service showing LHC Page 1, CMS Page 1, etc. (http://cmsdoc.cern.ch/cmscc/projector/index.jsp) is now also available for mobile devices: http://cern.ch/mcmstv. Figure 12: Screenshots of CMS-TV for mobile devices Information Systems CMS has a new web site: (http://cern.ch/cms) using a modern web Content Management System to ensure content and links are managed and updated easily and coherently. It covers all CMS sub-projects and groups, replacing the iCMS internal pages. It also incorporates the existing CMS public web site (http:/...

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      Outreach and Education We are fortunate that our research has captured the public imagination, even though this inevitably puts us under the global media spotlight, as we saw with the Higgs seminar at CERN in December, which had 110,000 distinct webcast viewers. The media interest was huge with 71 media organisations registering to come to CERN to cover the Higgs seminar, which was followed by a press briefing with the DG and Spokespersons. This event resulted in about 2,000 generally positive stories in the global media. For this seminar, the CMS Communications Group prepared up-to-date news and public material, including links to the CMS results, animations and event displays [http://cern.ch/go/Ch8thttp://cern.ch/go/Ch8t]. There were 44,000 page-views on the CMS public website, with the Higgs news article being by far the most popular item. CMS event displays from iSpy are fast becoming the iconic media images, featuring on numerous major news outlets (BBC, CNN, MSN...) as well as in the sci...

  18. A New Ornithocheirid from the Early Cretaceous of Liaoning Province, China

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    L(U) Junchang; JI Qiang

    2005-01-01

    Based on a nearly complete skeleton with skull from the Early Cretaceous of Liaoning Province, a new omithocheirid pterosaur: Boreopterus cuiae gen. et sp. nov. is erected. Boreopterus cuiae is different from other pterosaurs preserved with skulls known from the western Liaoning Province and its neighboring areas. This new pterosaur has more and larger teeth than those in other ornithocheirids. Its anterior nine pairs of teeth are larger than other teeth. The fourth pair of upper and lower teeth are slightly larger than the third pair. Overall, Boreopterus cuiae shows much small range of tooth size variation than Anhanguerapiscator and Coloborhynchus robustus. The new taxon shares with other ornithocherids in having a relatively large size of the third and fourth pairs of teeth.

  19. New Eoenantiornithid Bird from the Early Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation of Western Liaoning, China

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    2006-01-01

    Enantionithine birds are the most blooming branch of early birds and have distinct diversities. A large number of enantionithine birds have been reported from the Early Cretaceous Jiufotang Formation in western Liaoning, China. Recently, we discovered a new eoenantiornithid bird from the Jiufotang Formation in Dapingfang Town, western Liaoning. A new eoenantiornithid bird,Dapingfangornis sentisorhinus gen. et sp. nov., is erected based on this complete skeleton with a skull.The new bird is distinguished from other known Mesozoic birds in a medium to small size, a distinct thorn-like process on the nasals, a sternum with a long and a short lateral processes. The thorn-like process on the nasal has not been discovered among known fossil birds, thus the discovery also provides new materials on the diversities of early birds.

  20. Mosasaurs (Reptilia) from the late Maastrichtian (Late Cretaceous) of northern Patagonia (Río Negro, Argentina)

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    Fernández, Marta; Martin, James; Casadío, Silvio

    2008-03-01

    A diverse assemblage of mosasaurs was recently recovered from the Jagüel Formation (late Maastrichtian) exposed at three localities of northern Patagonia (Río Negro, Argentina). Four taxa (three mosasaurines and a plioplatecarpine) have been identified, and three of these marine reptiles can be identified at lower taxonomic levels: Mosasaurus sp. aff. M. hoffmanni, Plioplatecarpus sp., and Prognathodon sp. These occurrences are significant because they represent the first diagnostic material at generic level exhumed from Patagonia and include one of the youngest mosasaurs found worldwide. One of the specimens described herein was found only 1.5 m below the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary. Only mosasaurs from Antarctica found within a meter of the boundary are known to occur higher in the geologic section.