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Reboulet S.,University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 | Szives O.,Hungarian Natural History Museum | Aguirre-Urreta B.,University of Buenos Aires | Barragan R.,National Autonomous University of Mexico | And 16 more authors.
Cretaceous Research | Year: 2014

The 5th meeting of the IUGS Lower Cretaceous Ammonite Working Group (the Kilian Group) held in Ankara, Turkey, 31st August 2013, discussed the Mediterranean ammonite zonation, and its calibration with different ammonite zonal schemes of the Boreal, Austral and Central Atlantic realms. Concerning the standard zonation, that corresponds to the zonal scheme of the West Mediterranean province, some changes have been made on two stages. For the Valanginian, the Busnardoites campylotoxus Zone was abandoned; the upper part of the lower Valanginian is now characterised by the Neocomites neocomiensiformis and Karakaschiceras inostranzewi zones. For the upper Barremian, the former Imerites giraudi Zone is here subdivided into two zones, a lower I.giraudi Zone and an upper Martellites sarasini Zone. The I.giraudi Zone is now subdivided into the I.giraudi and Heteroceras emerici subzones, previously considered as horizons. The current M.sarasini and Pseudocrioceras waagenoides subzones correspond to the lower and upper parts of the M.sarasini Zone, respectively. The Anglesites puzosianum Horizon is kept. The Berriasian, Hauterivian, Aptian and Albian zonal schemes have been discussed but no change was made. The upper Hauterivian zonal scheme of the Georgian (Caucasus) region (East Mediterranean province) has been compared with the standard zonation. Discussions and some attempts at correlations are presented here between the standard zonation and the zonal schemes of different palaeobiogeographical provinces: the North-West European area for the Valanginian and Hauterivian, the Argentinean region for the Berriasian, Valanginian and Hauterivian, and the Mexican area for the Valanginian-Hauterivian and Aptian-lower Albian. The report concludes with some proposals for future work. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.

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