The stratigraphical context of two Middle Pleistocene fossiliferous palaeosols from central Italy (Abruzzo and Tuscany) have been studied. Small mammals and molluscs occur in both palaeosols, which are covered by tephra layers that were analysed using an interdisciplinary approach. Application of fission-track dating to apatites separated from the Case Picconetto tephra (Pescara, Abruzzo), yielded an age of 0.48 +/- 0.04 Ma, indistinguishable from those previously determined for the Campani Quarry (Lower Valdarno, Tuscany) (0.46 +/- 0.05 Ma and 0.48 +/- 0.05 Ma). Geochemical and petrographic investigations indicate that these tephra originated from different volcanoes, the Alban Hills Volcanic Complex and the Vico Volcano (Latium) respectively. Small mammal and mollusc assemblages indicate different palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental conditions for the Case Picconetto and Campani Quarry palaeosols. Warm and humid conditions can be inferred for the Campani Quarry site, whereas open and cold conditions can be inferred for Case Picconetto. On the basis of faunal data, fission-track dates and attribution of tephra to specific volcanic eruptions, we suggest a correlation of these faunas with marine oxygen isotope stage 14 (Case Picconetto) and with marine oxygen isotope stage 11 (Campani Quarry), respectively.
|Autori interni:||ZANCHETTA, GIOVANNI|
|Autori:||Marcolini F.; Bigazzi G.; Bonadonna F.P.; Centamore E.; Cioni R.; Zanchetta G|
|Titolo:||Tephrochronology and tephrostratigraphy of two Pleistocene continental fossiliferous successions from Central Italy|
|Anno del prodotto:||2003|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1002/jqs.768|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|