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New uppermost Cambrian U-Pb date from Avalonian Wales and age of the Cambrian-Ordovician boundary

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Abstract

A crystal-rich volcaniclastic sandatone in the lower Peltura scarabaeoides Zone at Ogof-odi near Criccieth, North Wales, yields a U-Pb zircon age of 491 ?? 1 Ma. This late Late Cambrian date indicates a remarkably young age for the Cambrian-Ordovician boundary whose age must be less than 491 Ma. Hence the revised duration of the post-Placentian (trilobite-bearing) Cambrian indicates that local trilobite zonations allow a biostratigraphic resolution comparble to that provided by Ordovician graptolites and Mesozoic ammonites.

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title New uppermost Cambrian U-Pb date from Avalonian Wales and age of the Cambrian-Ordovician boundary
Series title Geological Magazine
Volume 135
Issue 3
Year Published 1998
Language English
Larger Work Type Article
Larger Work Subtype Journal Article
Larger Work Title Geological Magazine
First page 303
Last page 309
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