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Biostratigraphy and chemostratigraphy of the lower Cambrian Normanville Group, South Australia

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posted on 2022-03-28, 13:48 authored by Ciaran Philip Mathewson
Australia has lagged behind in constructing a workable lower Cambrian regional biostratigraphic scheme. However, recent work utilising both bio- and chemostratigraphic data has produced a robust chronostratigraphic scheme for the Arrowie Basin in South Australia. This multi-proxy approach provides independent datasets that facilitate refined chronostratigraphic correlation of Australian lower Cambrian rock packages with the global Cambrian timescale. The Kulparina rostrata Zone in the Arrowie Basin closely aligns with a significant negative δ13C (carbon-13/12 isotope ratio) excursion, the ‘SHICE’. A key prediction of this correlation was that older successions in the neighbouring Stansbury Basin should contain a significant positive δ13C isotope excursion, the ‘ZHUCE’. This study, using similar multi-proxy data for the eastern Stansbury Basin, tested the validity of this prediction. The topmost 83 m of the ‘WANG’ section was confidently correlated with the Kulparina rostrata Zone based on co-occurring, diagnostic fossil assemblages. The chemostratigraphic results closely match the global chemostratigraphic curve. The ‘SHICE’ negative excursion occurs within the upper Sellick Hill Formation. Significantly, a large positive δ13C excursion (max +5.70‰) was discovered in the lower Sellick Hill Formation; interpreted to represent the global ‘ZHUCE’ positive δ13C event which is identified from Australia for the first time, confirming previous chronostratigraphic predictions.


Table of Contents

1. Introduction -- 2. Geology and stratigraphy -- 3. Materials and methods -- 4. Results -- 5. Discussion -- 6. Conclusions -- References -- Supplementary material.


Theoretical thesis. "The body of this thesis follows the format for a manuscript submission to the international peer-review journal Geological Magazine [ISSN: 0016-7568], using the journal instructions accessed at" -- page v. Bibliography: pages 46-53

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Department of Biological Sciences

Department, Centre or School

Department of Biological Sciences

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Glenn A. Brock


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