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Keywords:

  • conodonts;
  • biostratigraphy;
  • Cambrian;
  • Ordovician;
  • Cordillera Oriental, Argentina

A new conodont collection from the Alfarcito area of the Tilcara Range, Cordillera Oriental of northwestern Argentina, has been studied. The Santa Rosita Formation exposed in this area consists of the Tilcara, Casa Colorada, Pico de Halcón, Alfarcito, Rupasca and Humacha members, which have a combined total thickness of ca. 1100 m. The sequence is composed of interbedded shales and sandstones, including calcarenites and coquinas, mostly appearing in the upper parts of the units. An abundant fauna of conodonts (ca. 11 000 elements), associated with graptolites and trilobites, was recorded. The biostratigraphic analysis allows for the identification of the Cordylodus intermedius and C. lindstromi sensu lato zones at the base of the Alfarcito Member. The C. angulatus Zone spans the upper part of the latter unit, and the Paltodus deltifer Zone (Paltodus deltifer pristinus and P. deltifer deltifer subzones) is identified in the Rupasca and Humacha members. The new species Acanthodus raqueli, A. humachensis, Utahconus tortibasis, U. scandodiformis, U. purmamarcensis, Variabiloconus crassus, Kallidontus gondwanicus and Acodus primitivus are recorded from the two latter biozones and they are described herein. The genera Acanthodus and Variabiloconus are emended, and a new genus Tilcarodus is created to include T. humahuacensis (Albanesi and Aceñolaza). Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.