Stratigraphy and Geological Correlation

, Volume 26, Issue 7, pp 824–833 | Cite as

Distribution of Foraminiferal Indicator Groups and the Upper Tortonian–Lower Messinian (Miocene) Stratigraphy in the Gibliscemi Section, Sicily, Italy

  • M. E. BylinskayaEmail author


Planktonic and benthic foraminiferal assemblages from the upper Tortonian-lower Messinian part of the Gibliscemi section (Sicily, Italy), are described. The major stratigraphic markers recorded in the section are (1) the first occurrence of Globigerinoides extremus marking the lower boundary of the corresponding upper Tortonian zone, (2) first occurrence of Globorotalia miotumida that previously was considered as an index form of the Tortonian–Messinian boundary, and (3) the first regular occurrence of Globorotalia conomiozea recording this boundary. The distribution in the section of keeled Globorotalia and Globorotalia miotumida group is traced. The composition of the Globorotalia scitula group is analyzed and the group is proposed to be identified as one species G. praescitula. It is assumed that the Mediterranean in the Middle and Late Miocene was the site where Globigerinoides ruber survived during its complete disappearance in the Atlantic and Pacific.


Gibliscemi Tortonian Messinian Globorotaliamiotumida Globorotalia praescitula Globigerinoides ruber 



The author thanks L.A. Golovina and E.P. Radionova (Geological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences) who provided the samples for investigation and N.V. Gorkova for the scanning electron microscopy in the Geological Institute RAS.

This work was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (project no. 16-05-01032) and was partly carried out within the framework of the state topic no. AAAA-A17-117030610119-6 of the Geological Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, “Paleontological substantiation of the Upper Cenozoic stratigraphic scale of North Eurasia”.

Reviewers L.F. Kopaevich and Yu.B. Gladenkov


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geological Institute, Russian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia

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