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Article: Cretaceous Tethyan coral-rudist biogeography related to the evolution of the Atlantic ocean

Special Papers in Palaeontology - No. 12 - Cover Image
Publication: Special Papers in Palaeontology
Number: 12
Thematic Volume: Organisms and continents through time: a symposium
Edited By: N. F. Hughes
Publication Date: 1973
Page(s): 169 174
Authored By: A. G. Coates
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COATES, A. G. 1973. The biogeography of some Cainozoic Ostracoda. In HUGHES, N. F. (ed.). Organisms and continents through time. Special Papers in Palaeontology12, 169–174.

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The percentage of endemic coral and rudist genera is plotted for each stage of the Cretaceous in the Tethyan realm. From Neocomian to Aptian times only a Mediterranean faunal province is clearly defined by endemic genera. From Albian times a Caribbean province appears and, in general, increases in endemic coral and rudist genera up to the Maestrichtian. The separation and evolution of this province is related to geographic isolation of the Caribbean from the Mediterranean by spreading of the Atlantic Ocean.

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