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Influence of the Frasnian-Famennian event on radiolarian faunas


The impact of the Frasnian-Famennian biotic mass extinction event (F-F event) on radiolarian faunas is examined in 13 sections, which belong to two types of cherty basin in South China. No appreciable decrease in radiolarian biodiversity is observed across the F-F boundary. Indeed, radiolarian faunas flourished during the Famennian. The F-F event may not have had any dramatic effect on the radiolarian faunas in deep water and the disappearance of Famennian radiolarians in shallow water platform sections may simply be a result of sea level change rather than any biotic crisis.

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Correspondence to Hui Luo.

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Wang, YJ., Luo, H. & Aitchison, J.C. Influence of the Frasnian-Famennian event on radiolarian faunas. Eclogae geol. Helv. 99, S127–S132 (2006).

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  • Radiolaria
  • Frasnian
  • Famennian
  • extinction event
  • South China