Small shelly fauna from the upper Lower Cambrian Bastion and Ella Island Formations, North-East Greenland

Christian B. Skovsted

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    Abstract

    A diverse and well-preserved fauna of shelly fossils from the upper Lower Cambrian Bastion and Ella Island Formations of North-East Greenland contains more than 90 species. The fauna is the most diverse shelly fauna yet discovered in the Lower Cambrian of Laurentia and includes many fossils previously known only from other continental blocks. It enhances correlation of the North-East Greenland succession into Laurentia, most notably with the Browns Pond Formation of New York State, but also with other important Early Cambrian continents, in particular with Australia, Antarctica, and Siberia. A middle Dyeran age is most probable for both the Bastion and Ella Island Formation, and the rich fossil assemblage facilitates correlation with the Botoman Stage of Siberia and its equivalents. One new taxon is described, the disc-shaped problematicum Tunudiscus duovittarius n. gen. and sp.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1087-1112
    Number of pages26
    JournalJournal of Paleontology
    Volume80
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

    Keywords

    • shelly fauna fossils
    • Lower Cambrian Bastion
    • Ella Island Formation
    • North-East Greenland
    • Tunudiscus duovittarius

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