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Volume 25, issue 2
J. Micropalaeontol., 25, 113–139, 2006
https://doi.org/10.1144/jm.25.2.113
© Author(s) 2006. This work is distributed under
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J. Micropalaeontol., 25, 113–139, 2006
https://doi.org/10.1144/jm.25.2.113
© Author(s) 2006. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

  01 Nov 2006

01 Nov 2006

Early and Middle Miocene dinoflagellate cyst stratigraphy of the Central Paratethys, Central Europe

Gonzalo Jiménez-Moreno1,2, Martin J. Head3, and Mathias Harzhauser4 Gonzalo Jiménez-Moreno et al.
  • 1Departamento de Estratigrafía y Paleontología, Universidad de Granada, Fuente Nueva s/n, 18002 Granada, Spain
  • 2Laboratoire PaléoEnvironnements et PaléobioSphère (UMR CNRS 5125), Université Cl. Bernard – Lyon 1, 27–43 boulevard du 11 Novembre, 69622 Villeurbanne, France (Current address: Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Northrop Hall, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131 and Center for Environmental Sciences & Education, Box 5694, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ 86011, USA (e-mail: )
  • 3Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Downing Place, Cambridge CB2 3EN, UK (Current address: Department of Earth Sciences, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 3AI, Canada
  • 4Museum of Natural History, Burgring 7, 1010, Vienna, Austria

Keywords: dinoflagellate cysts, palaeoenvironments, Miocene, Paratethys

Abstract. Marine organic-walled dinoflagellate cysts have been studied from the Early and Middle Miocene of the Central Paratethys in Austria (Vienna and eastern Alpine Foreland basins) and Hungary (Pannonian Basin), and compared with assemblages of similar age from the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. The presence of a diverse flora of 71 taxa, including such biostratigraphical markers as Apteodinium spiridoides, Cerebrocysta poulsenii, Cordosphaeridium cantharellus, Cribroperidinium tenuitabulatum, Exochosphaeridium insigne, Glaphyrocysta reticulosa s.l., Habibacysta tectata, Labyrinthodinium truncatum subsp. truncatum, Palaeocystodinium miocaenicum, and Unipontidinium aquaeductus, has allowed the establishment of five biozones that characterize the Ottnangian, Badenian and Sarmatian local stages (collectively equivalent to the mid-Burdigalian, upper Langhian and Serravallian stages). This is the first study to demonstrate the applicability of dinoflagellate cysts for detailed stratigraphic correlation and palaeoenvironmental interpretation in the Early and Middle Miocene of the Central Paratethys area.

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