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Terminal Maastrichtian ammonites from the Cretaceous-Paleogene Global Stratotype Section and Point, El Kef, Tunisia
Goolaerts, S.; Kennedy, W.J.; Dupuis, C.; Steurbaut, E. (2004). Terminal Maastrichtian ammonites from the Cretaceous-Paleogene Global Stratotype Section and Point, El Kef, Tunisia. Cretac. Res. 25(3): 313-328. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cretres.2004.01.002
In: Cretaceous Research. Elsevier: London; New York. ISSN 0195-6671, more
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Keywords
Author keywords
    Tunisia; El Kef GSSP; terminal Maastrichtian; ammonites

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  • Goolaerts, S., more
  • Kennedy, W.J.
  • Dupuis, C.
  • Steurbaut, E., more

Abstract
    Ammonites are described for the first time from the terminal Maastrichtian in the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K/P) Global Stratotype Section and Point at El Kef, Tunisia. A rich assemblage, consisting of at least 17 taxa, occurs in the interval from 7 to 2 in below the K P boundary. They co-occur with a diverse macrofauna, which also includes rudists. All fossils are pyritic, and the ammonites are all nuclei, mostly <20 mm in diameter. The dominance of Indoscaphites suggests open connections with southern India along the Southern Tethys. No ammonites have been recovered from the 2-m interval below the K/P boundary in the Tunisian basin. although other macrofossil groups, including some originally aragonitic bivalve taxa, persist up to the boundary and are also present in the basal Paleogene.

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