Biodiversification of early to middle Ordovician conodonts

a case study from the Zitai Formation of Anhui Province, eastern China

Rongchang Wu*, Ian G. Percival, Renbin Zhan

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    The Lower-Middle Ordovician Zitai Formation of the South China palaeoplate consists of a succession of purple red, nodular argillaceous limestones. Palaeogeographically, it is distributed along the southeastern margin of the Yangtze Platform, and is of late Floian to Dapingian age, correlative with the Dawan Formation of the Middle and Lower Yangtze Platform. In Shitai County, Anhui Province, East China, the Zitai Formation is rich in conodonts, enabling the recognition of four biozones based on first appearance data. Detailed palaeontological and biostratigraphical study of these conodonts reveals that the Ordovician conodont radiation in the Lower Yangtze Platform attained its first diversity peak low in the Oepikodus evae Biozone. This diversification is generally consistent with macroevolutionary trends of brachiopods of South China and graptolites of the Upper Yangtze Platform, but was earlier than that of trilobites and acritarchs of the same palaeoplate. Correlation with the sea-level curve for South China suggests that conodont diversity change during the Ordovician radiation was mainly controlled by regional sea-level fluctuations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)75-86
    Number of pages12
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


    • Anhui
    • Conodont biodiversity
    • Dapingian
    • East China
    • Floian
    • Ordovician
    • Zitai Formation

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