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Article: Ammonoids and the Triassic/Jurassic boundary in the Himalayas of southern Tibet

Publication: Palaeontology
Volume: 50
Part: 3
Publication Date: May 2007
Page(s): 711 737
Author(s): Jiarun Yin, Paul L. Smith, József Pálfy and Raymond Enay
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YIN, J., SMITH, P. L., PÁLFY, J., ENAY, R. 2007. Ammonoids and the Triassic/Jurassic boundary in the Himalayas of southern Tibet. Palaeontology50, 3, 711–737.

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The sections of Germig in the Nyalam area, southern Tibet, provide a continuous exposure of ammonoid-bearing, uppermost Triassic and basal Jurassic strata. Eighteen species (three of them new) are described and illustrated: Choristoceras marshi Hauer, C. aff. marshi, C. cf. nobile Mojsisovics, C. nyalamense sp. nov., Eopsiloceras germigense sp. nov., Pleuroacanthites aff. biformis (Sowerby), Rhacophyllites sp., Nevadaphyllites cf. psilomorphus (Neumayr), Neophyllites sp. indet., Neophyllites cf. biptychus (Lange), Psiloceras tibeticum sp. nov., P. calliphyllum (Neumayr), Euphyllites cf. struckmanni (Neumayr), Discamphiceras pleuronotum (Canavari), Alsatites spp., Kammerkarites frigga, and K. sp. The ammonoid fauna shows a strong affinity to that of the Northern Calcareous Alps, although diversity in the Calliphyllum Zone is markedly lower. The ammonoid succession across the Triassic/Jurassic boundary is subdivided into four zones: the Rhaetian Marshi, the basal Hettangian Tibeticum, the lower Hettangian Calliphyllum, and the middle Hettangian Pleuronotum zones. It is the only known succession across the Triassic/Jurassic boundary in the Tethyan Realm that is not condensed. The Marshi and Calliphyllum zones are correlated with the same zones in the Northern Calcareous Alps. The Tibeticum Zone, a new local zone, is transitional between the Marshi and the Calliphyllum zones in that it yields both choristoceratids and psiloceratids. Its base is taken to mark the base of the Jurassic System in the eastern Tethys.
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