Early Eocene to early Miocene radiolarian biostratigraphy for the low-latitude Pacific Ocean

Shin Ichi Kamikuri, Theodore C. Moore, Kaoru Ogane, Noritoshi Suzuki, Heiko Pälike, Hiroshi Nishi

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A total of 226 early Eocene to early Miocene radiolarian datum events are identified and correlated with the geochronologic time scale at Sites U1331, U1332, and U1333 in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. Seven new radiolarian subzones are proposed for the low-latitude Oligocene: Eucyrtidium diaphanes Interval Subzone (RP22b); Calocycletta (Calocycletta) robusta Interval Subzone (RP22a); Lychnocanoma apodora Interval Subzone (RP21b); Theocyrtis annosa Interval Subzone (RP21a); Eucyrtidium plesiodiaphanes Interval Subzone (RP20c); Dorcadospyris pseudopapilio Interval Subzone (RP20b); Lithocyclia angusta Interval Subzone (RP20a). These subzones significantly improve the biostratigraphic resolution within the Oligocene (an average of one subzone per 1.6 million years [my]). Our study corroborates previous studies, which inferred that primary Oligocene datums were synchronous in the low-latitude Pacific. Four Eocene zones, Cryptocarpium ornatum (RP19), Calocyclas bandyca (RP18), Phormocyrtis striata striata (RP9), and Buryella clinata (RP8) are emended. Two new species/subspecies, Lychnocanoma klausi and Theocorys anaclasta clasta, are described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-108
Number of pages32
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Oct 24

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  • Palaeontology


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