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Trace fossils and pseudofossils from the Wealden strata (non-marine Lower Cretaceous) of southern England

Goldring, R., Pollard, J. E. and Radley, J. D. (2005) Trace fossils and pseudofossils from the Wealden strata (non-marine Lower Cretaceous) of southern England. Cretaceous Research, 26 (4). pp. 665-685. ISSN 0195-6671

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.cretres.2005.03.001

Abstract/Summary

The trace fossils of the Wealden (non-marine Lower Cretaceous) of southern England are described. Sixteen invertebrate ichnotaxa include Agrichnium fimbriatus, Beaconites antarcticus, B. barretti, Cochlichnus anguineus, Diplichnites triassicus, Diplocraterion parallelum, Lockeia siliquaria, L. serialis, Monocraterion cf. tentaculum, Palaeophycus striatus, P. tubularis, Planolites montanus, Protovirgularia rugosa, Rhizocorallium isp., Scoyenia cf. gracilis, Unisulcus minutus, insect and root traces. Tetrapod tracks and trackways include tridactyl Iguanodontipus burreyi and other ornithopods, theropod, and tetradactyl sauropod (or possibly ankylosaur), together with extensive dinosaur tramplings. Coprolites are referred to two broad types: spiral, with or without included fish scales (attributable to sharks), and elongate and irregular (possibly produced by reptiles). A skinprint and two types of pseudofossil are also included. Five environmental associations are recognised: (1) lacustrine/lagoonal; (2) brackish incursions (flooding events) into the lacustrine/lagoonal environment; (3) a marginal lacustrine association with fluvial input; (4) a fluvial (lacustrine delta) association; (5) floodplain sediments (seasonal wetlands). These associations are assigned to the fluvial-lacustrine Scoyenia Ichnofacies and the incursions to Glossifungites lchnofacies. (c) 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Divisions:Faculty of Science > School of Archaeology, Geography and Environmental Science
ID Code:3565
Uncontrolled Keywords:ichnology Cretaceous Wealden southern England ISLE-OF-WIGHT VECTIS FORMATION WESSEX SUBBASIN PALEONTOLOGY STRATIGRAPHY PALEOENVIRONMENT ICHNOCOENOSES ICHNOFOSSILS SANDSTONE DINOSAURS
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