CRETACEOUS PLANKTONIC FORAMINIFERA FROM BORNHOLM AND THEIR ZOOGEOGRAPHIC SIGNIFICANCE
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2007
Volume 2, Issue 3, pages 185–217, September 1969
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DOUGLAS, R. G. and RANKIN, C. (1969), CRETACEOUS PLANKTONIC FORAMINIFERA FROM BORNHOLM AND THEIR ZOOGEOGRAPHIC SIGNIFICANCE. Lethaia, 2: 185–217. doi: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.1969.tb01848.x
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2007
Late Cretaceous formations exposed along the south coast of Bornholm Island, Denmark, contain well preserved assemblages of planktonic foraminifera, which are described and illustrated. Two taxa, Whiteinella baltica and Hedbergella bornholmensis, are described as new. The oldest assemblage, Middle to early Upper Cenomanian in age, is essentially monospecific and indicative of a restricted pelagic environment. The overlying Lower Senonian faunules are diverse, contain large populations which are associated with other pelagic microfossils, and provide a more typical example of Boreal planktonic foraminiferal associations. Taxonomically the assemblages are largely composed of species of Hedbergella, Whiteinella, Archaeoglobigerina, Globigerinelloides, and Heterohelix and double-keeled species of Globotruncana, particularly G. marginata. These species are widely distributed in space and time. Thus Bornholm assemblages have a cosmopolitan aspect, which can be identified in microfaunas from the Western Interior of North America and Alaska. Because of the lower diversity, lack of restricted stratigraphic markers, Lower Senonian correlations between Bornholm, and probably Boreal pelagic microfaunas generally, coeval Tethyan assemblages are less precise than within the Tethys.