The structure and distribution of the European Cretaceous brachiopod assemblages with emphasis on the Tethyan fauna

  • Jozef Michalik
Part of the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften Schriftenreihe der Erdwissenschaftlichen Kommissionen book series (ERDWISSENSCHAFT, volume 9)


The Cretaceous was a time of decline for brachiopods, which tried unsuccessfully to re-occupy lost niches in the neritic communities. The structure of the Cretaceous brachiopod assemblages was much simpler than that of the Paleozoic ones. Nevertheless, the analysis of the quantitative composition of these assemblages provides an instructive view of their development, which is characterized by frequent opportunism and interruptions of the evolution of assemblages. Fluctuations in distribution are also typical for Cretaceous brachiopod paleobiogeography, making the exact delimitation of the mutual boundaries between a Tethyan, a Jura and a Boreal realm problematic, if not speculative in detail.


Lower Cretaceous Early Cretaceous Acta Geol Paris Basin Tethyan Realm 
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  • Jozef Michalik
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  1. 1.Geological InstituteSlovakian Academy of SciencesBratislavaCzecho-Slovakia

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