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Trace Fossils from the Brioverian (Ediacaran–Fortunian) in Brittany (NW France)


Romain Gougeon, Didier Néraudeau, Marie-Pierre Dabard, Anne-Catherine Pierson-Wickmann, France Polette, Marc Poujol & Jean-Paul Saint-Martin


The Ediacaran–Fortunian ichnofauna from Central Brittany (NW France) is revised for the first time since the pioneering work by Lebesconte at the end of the 19th century. The study is based on fossils from the type-localities of the historical Brioverian taxa Montfortia (traces from Montfort-sur-Meu) and Neantia (wrinkle surfaces from Néant-sur-Yvel), and on two new outcrops from Saint-Gonlay. The ichnofossil assemblage includes Helminthoidichnites tenuis, Helminthopsis tenuis, Gordia marina, Palaeophycus tubularis, ?Neonereites uniserialis, and ?Spirodesmos archimedeus. Locally, the grazing traces are associated with wrinkle surfaces considered as microbially induced sedimentary structures (MISS). The sedimentological characteristics of these deposits correspond to a shelf marine environment. Both U-Pb datings on detrital zircon and ichnostratigraphic criteria tend toward an Ediacaran age of the fossiliferous deposits, but we cannot exclude the possibility of a Fortunian age at the present state of knowledge.

Keywords: Invertebrate ichnofauna, Ichnosystematic, Microbial mats, U-Pb dating, Brioverian, Ediacaran–Fortunian, Brittany, NW France

READ IT HERE: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10420940.2017.1308865

Lurdes Fonseca

Assistant Professor and Researcher at University of Lisbon
Sociologist (PhD), Paleontologist (Researcher in Micropaleontology), Majors in Sociology and Biology, Minor in Geology. Main interests in Paleontology: Microfossils, Molecular fossils, Paleobiology and Paleoecology. (read more about me)
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