Darriwilian to Katian (Ordovician) Graptolites from Northwest China

Darriwilian to Katian (Ordovician) Graptolites from Northwest China

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Darriwilian to Sandbian (Ordovician) Graptolites from Northwest China analyzes the significance of these exquisite, mostly pyritic, graptolites of the middle to late Ordovician period from North China and Tarim, China-locations that have developed the world's most complete successions of strata and fossil records.

The book provides the first systematic account of the renowned graptolite faunas, with over 100 species belonging to 45 genera and 15 families preserved in black shale and limestone, also presenting a comprehensive accounting of the graptolites during the critical transition from the middle to late Ordovician period with important data on new morphologies, the latest conventions in classification, diversity change and evolution, refined biostratigraphy divisions, and correlation with other major regions or continents.

The book provides a key resource for paleontologists, stratigraphic specialists, petroleum geologists, and graduate students in varying fields of geology.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 370 pages
  • 216 x 276 x 27.94mm | 1,220g
  • United States
  • English
  • c40 color & 40 B/W; Illustrations, unspecified
  • 012800973X
  • 9780128009734
  • 2,161,106

Table of contents

1. Introduction 2. Biostratigraphy 3. Relations Between Darriwilian and Sandbian Conodont and Graptolite Biozones 4. A Graphic Correlation and Diversity Analysis of the Upper Darriwilian to Lower Katian Graptolites 5. A Comment on the Saergan, Yingan and Equivalent Formations as Potential Source Rocks for Petroleum 6. Systematic Palaeontology
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About Xu Chen

Member of the Subcommission on Ordovician Stratigraphy (ISOS) Xu CHEN, the former chairman of the International Sub-commission on Ordovician Stratigraphy (ISOS) and the chairman of the International Graptolite Working Group, and Academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. For his outstanding and profound work on graptolite and Early Palaeozoic stratigraphy, he won the Charles University Gold Medal of Czech Republic in 1999, Lee Sikuang Geologist Award in 1999, and the National Award of Natural Sciences of China in 2008, among his most important awards. His paper on end-Ordovician mass extinction was awarded The Annual Best Paper of Journal of Paleontology in 2005
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