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Estimation of palaeoenvironmental changes: can analysis of distribution of tabulae in tabulates be a tool?
Zapalski, M.K.; Hubert, B.; Mistiaen, B. (2007). Estimation of palaeoenvironmental changes: can analysis of distribution of tabulae in tabulates be a tool?, in: Álvaro, J.J. et al. (Ed.) Palaeozoic reefs and bioaccumulations: climatic and evolutionary controls. Geological Society Special Publication, 275: pp. 275-281
In: Álvaro, J.J. et al. (Ed.) (2007). Palaeozoic reefs and bioaccumulations: climatic and evolutionary controls. Geological Society Special Publication, 275. Geological Society: London. ISBN 978-1-86239-221-2. viii, 291 pp., more
In: Hartley, A.J. et al. (Ed.) Geological Society Special Publication. Geological Society of London: Oxford; London; Edinburgh; Boston, Mass.; Carlton, Vic.. ISSN 0305-8719, more
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  • Zapalski, M.K.
  • Hubert, B.
  • Mistiaen, B.

Abstract
    Growth periodicity (cyclomorphic variation) in corals is expressed by various features, among them changes in the distribution of tabulae. A method potentially useful in analysis of periodical environmental changes is proposed herein. Measurement of spaces between tabulae in tabulate corals and preparation of a histogram converted into a trend curve may show relative periodical fluctuations of the environment. Such an analysis, exemplified here on Givetian Pachyfavosites sp. from the Avesnois (northern France), shows that this method may be used as a tool for estimation of environmental changes.

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