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A mid-Campanian marine extinction event – possible evidence from the Kristianstad Basin of southern Sweden
Lund University. (Benjamin Kear - Vertebrate Palaeontology Research Group)
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Palaeobiology.
2011 (English)In: The 2nd Wiman Meeting. Carl Wiman's Legacy: 100 Years of Swedish Palaeontology / [ed] Benjamin P. Kear and Michael Streng, 2011, 7-8 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Potential traces of a mid-Campanian (83–73 Ma) marine extinction event have been documented as sequential faunal turnover in shallow coastal calcareous sands and calcarenite strata at the Åsen locality in the Kristianstad Basin of southern Sweden. The depositional succession at Åsen is conformably divided into the latest-early Campanian Belemnellocamax mammillatus belemnite Zone (a lateral equivalent of the northern European Belemnitella mucronata senior/Gonioteuthis quadrata gracilis Zone), and an overlying earliest-late Campanian Belemnellocamax balsvikensis Zone. The stratigraphically older B. mammillatus Zone assemblages comprise storm-accumulated remains (associated with coquina beds and oyster banks) that include selachians, chimaeroids, bony fish (pachycormiforms, pycnodontids, and teleosts), dyrosaurid crocodilians, elasmosaurid and polycotylid plesiosaurs, mosasaurs (mosasaurines, halisaurines, tylosaurines, and plioplatecarpines), and cheloniid sea turtles. Coeval invertebrates comprise abundant belemnites, bivalves, brachiopods, and echinoderms. This rich biodiversity abruptly declines up-sequence through the oyster bed layer and into the B. balsvikensis Zone; this is characterised by a sandier facies, which is exceptionally poor in reptile remains and manifests only small teleosts and sharks. Benthic molluscs and brachiopods also decline in abundance while worm tracks and decapod crustaceans (crabs) make a first appearance. Although, this observed change clearly corresponds to an environmental shift, it also correlates with a recognised trans-Atlantic mid-Campanian extinction event that affected warm-temperate to sub-tropical palaeolatitudinal belt assemblages in North America, and might have been part of a broader global phenomenon.

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2011. 7-8 p.
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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-166602OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-166602DiVA: diva2:476948
The 2nd Wiman Meeting on Scandinavian-Baltic Palaeontology
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