New palynological investigations allowed a better definition of the age of terrigenous deposits of the Monte Fonnesu tectonic Unit, exposed in the Arburese area (SW Sardinia). The section investigated consists of a coarsening upwards positive sequence, up to 10 m thick, that is made up of quartz-arenitic sandstones and light gray quartzite beds (0.5 m thick), interbedded with thin beds of black shale. In the lower part of the section, two quartzitic levels are rich in lingulids (brachiopods) shell fragments. This is the first report of macrofossils from the Monte Fonnesu Unit. Samples collected for palynological analyses in the black shale at the base and at the top of the lowest quartzitiic level yielded a Late Cambrian acritarch microflora that can be correlated with Peltura trilobite Superzone. The Late Cambrian age assigned to the lower part of the sequence allows us to define more precisely the age of Mt. Fonnesu sandstone, which in consequence is bracketed between the Late Cambrian and the Early Ordovician.
|Autori:||Ribecai C; Bagnoli G; Mazzarini F; Musumeci G|
|Titolo:||Paleontological evidence for Late Cambrian in the Arburese area, SW Sardinia|
|Anno del prodotto:||2005|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|