40Ar/39Ar age of the Kaiparowits Formation, southern Utah, and correlation of contemporaneous Campanian strata and vertebrate faunas along the margin of the Western Interior Basin

Roberts, Eric M., Deino, Alan L., and Chan, Marjorie A. (2005) 40Ar/39Ar age of the Kaiparowits Formation, southern Utah, and correlation of contemporaneous Campanian strata and vertebrate faunas along the margin of the Western Interior Basin. Cretaceous Research, 26 (2). pp. 307-318.

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Abstract

Laser-fusion 40Ar/39Ar analysis of four bentonite horizons produces the first absolute ages for the 860-m-thick Kaiparowits Formation and resolves previous age uncertainty caused by ambiguous biostratigraphy. A late Campanian (Judithian) age of ca. 76.1-74.0 Ma is determined, resulting in a high-resolution temporal framework for the richly fossiliferous formation. Detailed stratigraphic correlation reveals that the Kaiparowits Formation is contemporaneous with many of the most important vertebrate fossil-bearing formations in the Western Interior Basin, and with other well-studied strata across Utah and southeastern Wyoming, including portions of the Book Cliffs sequence. The Judithian age determination and correlations for the Kaiparowits Formation presented here provide a new chronological basis for addressing questions relating to mammal biostratigraphy, vertebrate evolution, biodiversity and paleobiogeography (e.g., dinosaur provincialism) in the Cretaceous Western Interior Basin.

Item ID: 18317
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Cretaceous; geochronology; stratigraphy; North America; Vertebrata
ISSN: 1095-998X
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2011 00:43
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0403 Geology > 040311 Stratigraphy (incl Biostratigraphy and Sequence Stratigraphy) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences @ 100%
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