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Quantitative conodont-based approaches for correlation of the Late Devonian Kellwasser anoxic events

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We present the trends of absolute conodont abundance, relative genera abundance, and conodont morphometrics across the Late Devonian Kellwasser horizons at three northern Gondwanan epicontinental seaway locations. At three contrasting depositional settings, the Kellwasser events are characterized by a decrease in conodont abundance, high percentage of the conodont genus Icriodus and morphological change of the conodont genus Palmatolepis. These changes can be identified in sections where the events are expressed as interbedded anoxic and oxic deposits as well as in settings characterized by continuous anoxic sediment accumulation. Hence, these changes are interpreted as global and synchronous and can be thus used for event correlation. The paradox of these results is that despite quite similar isotopic signals, faunal change during the Lower Kellwasser event was less than during the Upper Kellwasser event. We interpret that this discrepancy is due to an unconformity (including topmost Frasnian to earliest Famennian) at several F/F sections which removed the record of peak paleoenvironmental change.

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hal-00174703 , version 1 (25-09-2007)

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Catherine Girard, Sabrina Renaud. Quantitative conodont-based approaches for correlation of the Late Devonian Kellwasser anoxic events. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 2007, 250, pp.114-125. ⟨10.1016/j.palaeo.2007.03.007⟩. ⟨hal-00174703⟩
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