A potential global boundary stratotype section and point (GSSP) for the Tarentian Stage, Upper Pleistocene, from the Taranto area (Italy): Results and future perspectives

Alessandra Negri, Alessandro Amorosi, Fabrizio Antonioli, Adele Bertini, Fabio Florindo, Pontus C. Lurcock, Stefano Marabini, Giuseppe Mastronuzzi, Eleonora Regattieri, Veronica Rossi, Daniele Scarponi, Marco Taviani, Giovanni Zanchetta, Gian Battista Vai

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Abstract

We present new data collected at the Fronte composite section near Taranto, where the Upper Pleistocene marine sedimentary succession is continuously exposed. Above a fossiliferous calcarenite yielding the "Senegalese" fauna, and abundant Cladocora, the230Th/U age of which is consistent with Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 5, a 6.25 m thick pelitic unit is characterized by lithologically homogeneous marine sediments in which stable oxygen isotope, micropaleontological and palynological analyses suggest a long and undisturbed sedimentary interval across the Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 5.5 peak (plateau). High sedimentation rates and a successful paleomagnetic pilot study indicate the probability of locating brief chronostratigraphic events useful for correlation with both continental and marine successions elsewhere. These results show the composite section to be a very promising candidate in the search for the Upper Pleistocene global boundary stratotype section and point (GSSP).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145 - 157
Number of pages13
JournalQuaternary International
Volume383
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Negri, A., Amorosi, A., Antonioli, F., Bertini, A., Florindo, F., Lurcock, P. C., Marabini, S., Mastronuzzi, G., Regattieri, E., Rossi, V., Scarponi, D., Taviani, M., Zanchetta, G., & Vai, G. B. (2015). A potential global boundary stratotype section and point (GSSP) for the Tarentian Stage, Upper Pleistocene, from the Taranto area (Italy): Results and future perspectives. Quaternary International, 383, 145 - 157. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2014.08.057