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Towards an Ediacaran Time Scale: Problems, Protocols, and Prospects
Xiao, Shuhai1; Narbonne, Guy M.2; Zhou, Chuanming3; Laflamme, Marc4; Grazhdankin, Dmitriy V.5; Moczydlowska-Vidal, Malgorzata6; Cui, Huan7,8
2016-12-01
Source PublicationEPISODES
ISSN0705-3797
Volume39Issue:4Pages:540-555
AbstractThe Ediacaran Period follows the Cryogenian Period in the wake of a snowball Earth glaciation and precedes the Cambrian Period with its rising tide of animal radiation. It is also the longest among all stratigraphically defined geological periods, lasting 94 million years (635-541 Ma). Hence, a good Ediacaran time scale is essential, not only to elucidate geological time, but also to provide a temporal context for extreme climatic events and transformative evolutionary transitions. Ediacaran fossils are known from many sections and boreholes around the world, permitting ready age recognition and stratigraphic correlation of Ediacaran strata. However, the Ediacaran fossil record is colored by taphonomic biases that variously affect the preservation of the soft-bodied organisms that dominated Ediacaran marine ecosystems, and the Phanerozoic approach of defining stratigraphic boundaries using the first appearance datum (FAD) of widely distributed, rapidly evolving, easily recognizable, and readily preservable species would have limited success in the Ediacaran System. The subdivision of the Ediacaran System must therefore be founded on a holistic approach integrating biostratigraphic, chemostratigraphic, and geochronometric data for correlation. Series-level subdivision of the Ediacaran System is a challenging task, and alternative models subdividing the Ediacaran System into two or three series can be recognized. Resolving these alternatives critically depends on obtaining further data to constrain the age, duration, and global extent of the Shuram negative delta C-13 excursion, to calibrate and correlate Ediacaran acanthomorph biozones, and to determine the temporal relationship among the Shuram excursion, the Gaskiers glaciation, and Ediacaran acanthomorph biozones. Stage-level subdivisions at the bottom and top of the Ediacaran System, however, are realistic goals in the near future, and we propose that the subdivision of the Ediacaran System should initially aim at the second Ediacaran stage (SES) and the terminal Ediacaran stage (TES) where stratigraphic information is relatively rich and consensus for stratigraphic correlation is emerging. Potential stratigraphic markers for the definition of the SES include the post-glacial radiation of eukaryotes as represented by the first appearance of acanthomorph acritarchs, the termination of the cap carbonate series, or the end of the negative delta C-13 excursion (EN1 = Ediacaran negative excursion 1) associated with the cap carbonate. Terminal Ediacaran strata are well dated and host several taxa of skeletal and tubular fossils that postdate the Shuram negative delta C-13 excursion (or its probable equivalent, EN3 = Ediacaran negative excursion 3) where their stratigraphic relationship can be determined; these biostratigraphic markers may be used to define the TES in a Phanerozoic fashion. Additional Ediacaran stages between the SES and TES can be envisioned. Through collaborative efforts in the Ediacaran community, we hope that the first Precambrian stage will be established in the near future to facilitate a better understanding of the geological aftermath of snowball Earth, the redox history of global oceans, the early evolution of multicellular life, and the evolutionary fuse of the Cambrian explosion.
DOI10.18814/epiiugs/2016/v39i4/103886
Language英语
WOS KeywordPRECAMBRIAN-CAMBRIAN BOUNDARY ; CARBON-ISOTOPE EXCURSION ; NEOPROTEROZOIC SNOWBALL EARTH ; EAST EUROPEAN PLATFORM ; YANGTZE GORGES AREA ; SOUTH CHINA ; DOUSHANTUO FORMATION ; NORTHWESTERN CANADA ; FOSSIL ASSEMBLAGES ; TRACE FOSSILS
Funding ProjectInternational Commission on Stratigraphy ; National Science Foundation[EAR-1523334] ; National Science Foundation[EAR-1528553] ; NASA Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology Program[NNX15AL27G] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41272011] ; National Natural Science Foundation of China[41410104004] ; Ministry of Science and Technology of China[2013CB835005] ; Chinese Academy of Sciences[KZZD-EW-02] ; Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) ; Queen's University Research Chair ; Russian Science Foundation[14-17-00409] ; IGCP Project[587]
WOS Research AreaGeology
WOS SubjectGeosciences, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000389564100001
Funding OrganizationInternational Commission on Stratigraphy ; National Science Foundation ; NASA Exobiology and Evolutionary Biology Program ; National Natural Science Foundation of China ; Ministry of Science and Technology of China ; Chinese Academy of Sciences ; Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) ; Queen's University Research Chair ; Russian Science Foundation ; IGCP Project
PublisherGEOLOGICAL SOC INDIA
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.nigpas.ac.cn/handle/332004/12772
Collection中国科学院南京地质古生物研究所
Corresponding AuthorXiao, Shuhai
Affiliation1.Virginia Tech, Dept Geosci, Blacksburg, VA 24061 USA
2.Queens Univ, Dept Geol Sci & Geol Engn, Kingston, ON K7L 3N6, Canada
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Nanjing Inst Geol & Palaeontol, Key Lab Econ Stratig & Palaeogeog, Nanjing 210008, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
4.Univ Toronto, 3359 Mississauga Rd, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6, Canada
5.Russian Acad Sci, Siberian Branch, Trofimuk Inst Petr Geol & Geophys, Prospekt Akad Koptyuga 3, Novosibirsk 630090, Russia
6.Uppsala Univ, Dept Earth Sci, Villavagen 16, SE-75236 Uppsala, Sweden
7.Univ Wisconsin, Dept Geosci, Madison, WI 53706 USA
8.Univ Wisconsin, NASA Astrobiol Inst, Madison, WI 53706 USA
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Xiao, Shuhai,Narbonne, Guy M.,Zhou, Chuanming,et al. Towards an Ediacaran Time Scale: Problems, Protocols, and Prospects[J]. EPISODES,2016,39(4):540-555.
APA Xiao, Shuhai.,Narbonne, Guy M..,Zhou, Chuanming.,Laflamme, Marc.,Grazhdankin, Dmitriy V..,...&Cui, Huan.(2016).Towards an Ediacaran Time Scale: Problems, Protocols, and Prospects.EPISODES,39(4),540-555.
MLA Xiao, Shuhai,et al."Towards an Ediacaran Time Scale: Problems, Protocols, and Prospects".EPISODES 39.4(2016):540-555.
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