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Calcareous dinoflagellate cysts from the Pleistocene (Marine Isotope Stage 31) of the Ross Sea, Antarctica
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Palaeobiology.
Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven.
(Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven)
2011 (English)In: Antarctic Science, ISSN 0954-1020, E-ISSN 1365-2079, Vol. 23, no 6, 597-604 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Following a report of supposed fragments of calcareous dinoflagellate cysts from a Pleistocene drill core (CRP-1) recovered in the Ross Sea, Antarctica, sediments of the same core were re-investigated for their microfossil content. Besides common foraminifera and other microfossils, rare complete cysts of calcareous dinoflagellates were found. All cysts belong to the species Caracomia arctica (Gilbert & Clark, 1983) Streng, Hildebrand-Habel & Willems, 2002, a taxon characteristic of late Neogene high latitude, coldwater environments. Two morphotypes can be distinguished, C. arctica f. arctica and C. arctica f. rossensis, of which the latter is described as a new form. The presence of C. arctica strengthens diatom-based palaeoenvironmental reconstructions of periodical sea ice-free conditions at the time of deposition. Accordingly, cysts of C. arctica are interpreted as resting cysts that allow survival during harsh intervals of the high latitude environment. Previously reported calcareous dinoflagellates cyst fragments from these sediments are re-interpreted as test fragments of bilamellar foraminifera, which represent the most common group of foraminifers in the sediments.

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2011. Vol. 23, no 6, 597-604 p.
Keyword [en]
Cape Roberts project, Caracomia, cyst ultrastructure, foraminifera, palaeoenvironment, Thoracosphaera
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Other Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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Earth Science with specialization in Historical Geology and Palaeontology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-165202DOI: 10.1017/S0954102011000605ISI: 000298286200010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-165202DiVA: diva2:472434
Available from: 2012-01-03 Created: 2012-01-03 Last updated: 2012-02-02Bibliographically approved

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