Latest Devonian to earliest Carboniferous conodont and carbon isotope stratigraphy of a shallow-water sequence in South Chinad Academic Article uri icon


  • AbstractTo improve regional and intercontinental correlation of the uppermost Devonianlowermost Carboniferous, we examined the conodont faunas and carbon isotopic records of the Tangbagou Formation in the Qilinzhai section, southern Guizhou, South China. The Tangbagou Formation is a succession of mixed carbonatesiliciclastic rocks that accumulated on a shallowwater platform under normal marine conditions. Seven conodont zones for shallowwater biofacies in South China, the Cl. gilwernensisCl. unicornis Zone, the Po. spicatus Zone, the Si. homosimplex Zone, the Si. sinensis Zone, the Si. eurylobata Zone, the Ps. multistriatus Zone and the Po. co. porcatus Zone in ascending order, are recognized in the Tangbagou Formation. Although apparently limited in its value for global correlation, this conodont zonation is more applicable to shallowwater biofacies in South China. Carbonate samples have yielded carbon isotopic signatures consistent with those recorded in Euroamerica sections, in particular showing four distinct characteristics: (1) the peak values of Hangenberg Carbon Isotope Excursion (HICE) during the latest Devonian, (2) a minor positive shift (P1) in the Si. homosimplex Zone during the early Tournaisian, (3) a second minor positive shift (P2) in the Si. sinensis Zone and (4) the middle Tournaisian Carbon Isotope Excursion (TICE) in the middle part of the Tangbagou Formation. The similarity in peak values (~5.5) and magnitude of TICE for the Qilinzhai and Belgian sections indicates that the Euroasia 13Ccarb trends may reflect the changes in global mean ocean 13CDIC, rather than having been overprinted by local carbon cycling. Integration of conodont biostratigraphy and 13C stratigraphy provides a powerful tool for stratigraphic correlation. Copyright 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Qie, W., Wang, X., Zhang, X., Ji, W., Grossman, E. L., Huang, X., Liu, J., & Luo, G.

citation count

  • 24

complete list of authors

  • Qie, Wenkun||Wang, Xiang-Dong||Zhang, Xionghua||Ji, Wenting||Grossman, Ethan L||Huang, Xing||Liu, Jiangsi||Luo, Genming

publication date

  • November 2016