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The palynology of the Pabay Shale Formation (Lower Jurassic) of SW Raasay, northern Scotland

By Jennifer M. Brittain, Kenneth T. Higgs and James B. Riding


A thermally mature palynomorph assemblage containing significant\ud proportions of the characteristic dinoflagellate cyst Liasidium variabile Drugg 1978\ud was recovered from the Lower Jurassic Pabay Shale Formation of southwest Raasay.\ud This is the first record of this biostratigraphically important species from the Jurassic\ud of onshore Scotland. Liasidium variabile is a zonal index for the Late Sinemurian in\ud northwest Europe, and this occurrence allows a correlation to the Oxynotum Zone of\ud this substage. This is the first evidence for this chronozone on Raasay. Furthermore,\ud the presence of morphotypes A and B of Liasidium variabile indicates a probable\ud correlation to the Oxynotum Subzone of the Oxynotum Zone. This interpretation is\ud not consistent with a hiatus within the Upper Sinemurian succession on Raasay

Publisher: Geological Society of London
Year: 2010
DOI identifier: 10.1144/0036-9276
OAI identifier: oai:nora.nerc.ac.uk:9865

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