Sclerochronology was applied to recent, Holocene and Pleistocene samples of Cladocora caespitosa. Late Pliocene samples were recrystallised and thus unsuitable for sclerochronology. Quaternary samples showed a clear, alternating banding pattern as in the living coral, confirming a marked seasonality of past climate. The computed mean annual growth rates ranged from 2.1 to 6.9 mm year-1, with highest growth rates during the warmer phase (isotope stage 5e) of the first climate cycle. It is hypothesised that the largest fossil banks of C. caespitosa grew in a coastal environment with considerable alluvial inputs and warmer temperatures than today. © 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Global and Planetary Change
Peirano, A., Morri, C., Bianchi, C. N., Aguirre, J., Antonioli, F., Calzetta, G., ... Orrù, P. (2004). The Mediterranean coral Cladocora caespitosa: A proxy for past climate fluctuations? Global and Planetary Change, 40(1-2), 195 - 200. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0921-8181(03)00110-3