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Carboniferous Period


Abstract

This page describes the Carboniferous Period, including stratigraphy, paleogeography, and famous lagerstätten, followed by a sketched outline of some of the major evolutionary events.

Keywords: Carboniferous, Carboniferous biota, fossil record, evolution

Introduction

 
 

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Further Reading
  • Ogg et al. 2008: The Concise Geologic Time Scale. Cambridge.
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      Stratigraphy

      Type Section

      Lower (Devonian–Carboniferous) Boundary

      Upper (Carboniferous–Permian) Boundary

      Chronology

      Paleogeography

      Major Tectonic Events

      Land and Sea

      Climate

      Paleontology

      General Characteristics

      Lagerstätten

      Major Evolutionary Events

      Major Taxa

      Extinctions

      New Zealand Occurrences

      Carboniferous rocks are almost unknown in New Zealand. Only four isolated conodont faunas having been reported (Campbell in Cooper 2004, p. 61), accompanied in one case by rare fish scales (Jenkins & Jenkins 1971).

      References

      Cooper, R.A. (ed.) 2004: The New Zealand geologic timescale. Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Monograph 22: 1-284.

      Jenkins, D.G.; Jenkins, B.H. 1971: First diagnostic Carboniferous fossils from New Zealand. Nature 233: 117-118.

      Ogg, J.G.; Ogg, G.; Gradstein, F.M. 2008: The Concise Geologic Time Scale. Cambridge: 1-177.


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