Zhou Chuanming1; Yuan Xunlai1; Xiao Shuhai2; Chen Zhe3; Hua Hong4
Source Publicationsciencechinaearthsciences
AbstractEdiacaran successions occur widely in various depositional facies in South China and yield a series of fossil Lagerstatten, providing a complete fossil record for the evolution of marine ecosystems after the terminal Cryogenian global glaciation. Carbonate-dominated Ediacaran successions in shallow water facies in South China record a nearly complete C-13 profile that may reflect variations of marine carbon isotopic composition during the Ediacaran Period. The Ediacaran fossils and C-13 profiles from South China permit stratigraphic correlation and subdivision of the Ediacaran strata. Based on biostratigraphic, chemostratigraphic, and geochronometric data from the Ediacaran successions in South China, we propose that the Ediacaran System in China can be subdivided into two series, with three stages in each series. The lower series is characterized by acanthomorphic acritarchs and the upper series by Ediacara-type macrofossils, and the two series are separated by the declining limb of a pronounced C-13 negative excursion (EN3) in the upper Doushantuo Formation. The basal boundary of Stage 1 is the same as the basal boundary of Ediacaran System, which has been defined at the base of the cap carbonate unit. Stage 2 represents the first radiation of Ediacaran microscopic organisms, with C-13 feature representing by positive values (EP1). The base of the Stage 2 is placed at the first appearance level of a spiny acritarch species. Stage 3 is characterized by the occurrence of more diverse acritarchs and C-13 feature EP2, with its basal boundary defined by a C-13 negative excursion (EN2) occurring in the middle Doushantuo Formation. The basal boundary of Stage 4 is the same as the upper series. Stage 5 is marked by the occurrence of macrfossils of Miaohe biota, and its lower boundary can be placed at the level where C-13 values transition from positive to negative in MNE, or the first appearance level of macrofossils of the Miaohe biota. Stage 6 is characterized by the occurrences of Ediacara-type Shibantan biota and Gaojiashan biota, with its lower boundary defined by the first appearance level of Conotubus hemiannulatus. The formal establishment of the aforementioned series and stages requires further and more detailed integrative stratigraphic study on the Ediacaran successions in China. Some of the Ediacaran successions in South China have great potential to become global standards in Ediacaran subdivision.
Funding Project[Strategic Priority Research Program (B) of Chinese Academy of Sciences] ; [National Natural Science Foundation of China]
Document Type期刊论文
First Author Affilication中国科学院南京地质古生物研究所
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Zhou Chuanming,Yuan Xunlai,Xiao Shuhai,et al. ediacaranintegrativestratigraphyandtimescaleofchina[J]. sciencechinaearthsciences,2019,62(1):7.
APA Zhou Chuanming,Yuan Xunlai,Xiao Shuhai,Chen Zhe,&Hua Hong.(2019).ediacaranintegrativestratigraphyandtimescaleofchina.sciencechinaearthsciences,62(1),7.
MLA Zhou Chuanming,et al."ediacaranintegrativestratigraphyandtimescaleofchina".sciencechinaearthsciences 62.1(2019):7.
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