Fauna and biostratigraphy of the Cambrian (Series 2, Stage 4; Ordian) Tempe Formation (Pertaoorrta Group), Amadeus Basin, Northern Territory

Patrick M. Smith*, Glenn A. Brock, John R. Paterson

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Abstract

Smith, P.M., Brock, G.A. & Paterson, J.R., 2015. Fauna and biostratigraphy of the Cambrian (Series 2, Stage 4; Ordian) Tempe Formation (Pertaoorrta Group), Amadeus Basin, Northern Territory. Alcheringa 39, XXX–XXX. ISSN 0311-5518.A new faunal assemblage is reported from the Tempe Formation (Cambrian Series 2, Stage 4; Ordian) retrieved from the Hermannsburg 41 drillcore, Amadeus Basin, central Australia. Two trilobite taxa, including one new species Gunnia fava sp. nov., four brachiopod taxa, including the age-diagnostic Karathele napuru (Kruse), Kostjubella djagoran (Kruse) and Micromitra nerranubawu Kruse, together with a bradoriid, helcionellids, hyoliths, echinoderms, chancelloriids, sponges and problematic tubes are described. The fauna has close links to those of the neighbouring Daly, Georgina and Wiso basins and suggests that the Tempe Formation correlates with the Australian Ordian stage (either the Redlichia forresti or Xystridura negrina assemblage zones). The Giles Creek Dolostone in the eastern Amadeus Basin, previously regarded as coeval with the Tempe Formation, has recently been reported to be of early Templetonian age in its type section. The described taxa from the Tempe Formation confirm that these two sedimentary units are not contemporaneous and that regional stratigraphic schemes should be amended.P.M. Smith [patrick-mark.smith@students.mq.edu.au] and G.A. Brock [glenn.brock@mq.edu.au] Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, New South Wales, 2109, Australia. J.R. Paterson [jpater20@une.edu.au] School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, 2351, Australia. Received 11.6.2014; revised 10.7.2014; accepted 29.7.2014.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-70
Number of pages31
JournalAlcheringa
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2015

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