Articles | Volume 5, issue 2
01 Dec 1986
 | 01 Dec 1986

On the age and correlation of the St. Erth Beds, S.W. England, based on planktonic foraminifera

D. Graham Jenkins, John E. Whittaker, and R. Carlton

Abstract. The paper illustrates and describes 15 species of planktonic foraminifera from the St. Erth Beds, Cornwall, S.W. England. The overlap of the stratigraphic ranges of Globorotalia inflata (d’Orbigny), G. praehirsuta Blow, G. tosaensis Takayanagi & Saito, Pulleniatina primalis Banner & Blow, Neogloboquadrina humerosa (Takayanagi & Saito) and dextrally coiled N. pachyderma (Ehrenberg) places the age of the fauna in the Globorotalia inflata Zone, Late Pliocene. The absence of Globorotalia puncticulata (Deshayes), G. truncatulinoides (d’Orbigny) and Neogloboquadrina atlantica (Berggren) confirms this age assignment and with the presence of G. inflata (d’Orbigny), the deposition of St. Erth beds can now be accurately placed at between 2.1 and 1.9 Ma. For this paper, it has been acceped that the Pliocene-Pleistocene boundary is marked by the first evolutionary appearance of G. truncatulinoides at about 1.9 Ma.