Integrated Stratigraphy of the Lower Aptian and Applications to Carbonate Platforms: A State of the Art

  • J.-P. Masse
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Boundaries and internal divisions (biozones) of the Lower Aptian substage are founded on the stratigraphic distribution of ammonites. Calcareous nannofossils and planktonic foraminifera tend to match this biozonation and also support the bipartition into a Lower and an Upper Bedoulian. Carbon isotopes are consistently calibrated to ammonite zones. Benthic foraminifera, mainly Orbitolinidae, and rudist bivalves possess a significant stratigraphic potential for dating Bedoulian platform carbonates, whereas their calibration to ammonite zones is still imperfect. More accurate intercalibrations, between shallow benthic with nektonic and planktonic key stratigraphie markers through carbon isotopes appears highly promissing for improving the stratigraphic resolution of the carbonate platform biota.


Lower Cretaceous Black Shale Benthic Foraminifera Planktonic Foraminifera Calcareous Nannofossil 
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  • J.-P. Masse
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  1. 1.Centre de Sédimentologie-Paléontologie — UMR CNRS 6019Université de ProvenceMarseille Cedex 03France

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