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Taphonomic analysis of Ediacaran acritarchs and its importance for taxonomy,biostratigraphy and global correlation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Palaeobiology.
Geological Survey of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.
2008 (English)Conference paper, Poster (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In this study we analysed the taphonomic degradation history of a diverse assemblage of Ediacaran(late Neoproterozoic) acritarchs from the Centralian Superbasin and Adelaide Rift Complex inAustralia. Taphonomic features observed include compression features, folding and tearing ofvesicle walls, pitting, perforation, abrasion, exfoliation, shrinking, twisting, splitting, curling,shredding, pyritization, particle entrapment, and thermal maturation effects. The physical andchemical structure of the vesicle wall determines the degree of taphonomic damage. Consistentassociations allowed identification of degradation series which incorporate previously describedindividual species and provide a framework for taxonomic revision. Recognition of taphonomicvariants is an important first step in systematic studies, and tracking degradational pathways forparticular species resulted in more precise taxonomic identification. Other biostratigraphicallyuseful fossils are uncommon in the Neoproterozoic which means that considerable reliance willbe placed on acritarch biostratigraphy for future global correlations. It is vital, therefore, that thesignificance of taphonomic degradation, for both taxonomy and palaeoenvironmental analysis, isgiven adequate recognition. Identification of taphonomic variants is critical for taxonomic studiesand must be considered before making biostratigraphic subdivision of the Ediacaran System.

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2008. 87- p.
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Earth Science with specialization in Historical Geology and Palaeontology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-137439OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-137439DiVA: diva2:378079
The Palaeontological Association Glasgow,52nd Annual Meeting 18th–21st December2008 Department of Geographical and Earth Sciences and Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow
Available from: 2010-12-15 Created: 2010-12-15 Last updated: 2013-09-24Bibliographically approved

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