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Mesozoic (Late Jurassic) palynomorphs and charcoal from a sandstone pebble from Quaternary glacial deposits of the North Sea

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  • Haytham El Atfy,

    1. Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    2. Geology Department, Faculty of Science, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt
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  • Dieter Uhl,

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    1. Senckenberg Centre for Human Evolution and Palaeoenvironment, Fachbereich Geowissenschaften, Universität Tübingen, Tübingen, Germany
    • Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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  • Bernhard Stribrny

    1. Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
    2. Biodiversität und Klima-Forschungszentrum BiK F, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
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Correspondence to: Dieter Uhl, Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut und Naturmuseum, Senckenberganlage 25, 60325 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. E-mail: dieter.uhl@senckenberg.de

Abstract

The palynological contents as well as macroscopic charcoal fragments from a calcareous sandstone pebble from Quaternary glacial deposits of the North Sea (80 km SW of the Dogger Bank) are described. The taxonomic composition of the palynoflora points to a Late Jurassic (or Late Jurassic/Early Cretaceous) age of the sandstone. The charcoal is interpreted as direct evidence of palaeo-wildfire occurring during this period in the source area of the sediments of this particular sandstone. This finding, together with already published data on Mesozoic deposits, allows to conclude that wildfires were obviously widespread during this period in the area of the modern day North Sea and adjacent areas. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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