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Palynology and age of some Cretaceous nonmarine deposits in Mongolia and China

January 1, 2006

To provide biostratigraphic and paleoecologic data for a major international project studying dinosaur trackways in eastern Asia, samples were collected for palynological analysis from the Choyr Basin of southeastern Mongolia and the Yanji Basin, Jilin Province, northeastern China. Palynologically productive samples from the Choyr Basin are from strata previously identified as either the Shinekhudag Formation or the Zuunbayan Formation but recently renamed the Khuren Dukh Formation; productive samples from the Yanji Basin are from the Tongfosi Formation. The biostratigraphically most important palynomorphs from both units are angiosperm pollen. The Khuren Dukh Formation is determined to be middle to late Albian in age. The Tongfosi Formation is determined to be early Cenomanian in age. These results conflict with some previously published interpretations of the ages of these units. Lacustrine depositional environments are indicated for both units by the presence of freshwater algae in both deposits. ?? 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Year 2006
Title Palynology and age of some Cretaceous nonmarine deposits in Mongolia and China
DOI 10.1016/j.cretres.2005.11.004
Authors D. J. Nichols, M. Matsukawa, M. Ito
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Cretaceous Research
Index ID 70030461
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse