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The Wenne river bank section– an excellent section for the Viséan – Serpukhovian boundary based on conodonts and ammonoids (Mississippian; Rhenish Mountains, Germany)

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We studied the Viséan – Serpukhovian boundary section at the Wenne river bank (northern Rhenish Mountains) in detail for its conodont and ammonoid assemblages. A total of 40 productive conodont samples show that the base of the Serpukhovian, marked by the conodont species Lochriea ziegleri, can be precisely determined and correlated to lithostratigraphic and biostratigraphic (ammonoids) marker horizons in the Neoglyphioceras suerlandense Zone. The conodont-defined boundary has a position about 0.50 metres below the base of the so-called ‘Actinopteria Shale’, which is a black shale index horizon allowing for lithological correlation in the Rhenish Mountains. For the first time, the Viséan – Serpukhovian boundary can now precisely be determined in a section in the Rhenish Mountains; this boundary has a position significantly below the traditional Viséan-Namurian boundary.
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Keywords: AMMONOID; BOUNDARY; CONODONT; RHENISH MOUNTAINS; SERPUKHOVIAN; VISÉAN

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2018

This article was made available online on March 2, 2018 as a Fast Track article with title: "The Wenne river bank section – an excellent section for the Viséan–Serpukhovian boundary based on conodonts and ammonoids (Mississippian; Rhenish Mountains, Germany)".

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