The Phanerozoic calendar of the history of the earth is composed of fundamental units called stages. A priority of the International Commission on Stratigraphy is to redefine these stages using a modern approach. This work presents a unique solution to the previously debated and diversified locations of the Campanian-Maastrichtian boundary, providing a precise correlation using the most accepted known time markers. The Campanian and the Maastrichtian are the last two stages of the Cretaceous System.

This volume includes a large amount of previously unpublished stratigraphical data. With the use of uncertainty margins for observations, established by comparison of results obtained by various experts using different approaches for the same stratigraphical tool, a new approach to stratigraphical information was employed. While most of the data have been taken from the recently rediscovered geological site at Tercis, France, data from other sections around the world have been considered. The section studied at Tercis is the best stratigraphical record on Earth for the period of several million years across the Campanian-Maastrichtian boundary.

Table of Contents

List of contributors. Preface (J. Dercourt). Foreword: Introduction to "The Campanian-Maastrichtian Stage Boundary" (G. S. Odin). Part A. Presentation of the geological site at Tercis les Bains. A1 The past of the geological site at Tercis les Bains (Landes, France) (G. S. Odin, M. A. Lamaurelle). A2 Préhistoire et protohistoire sur le territoire de Tercis les Bains (Ch. Normand, P. L. Odin, G. S. Odin). Annexe 1: Conservation actuelle du matériel préhistorique de Tercis (G. S. Odin). Annexe 2: Sur un nucléus préhistorique comportant un oursin fossile à Tercis (G. S. Odin, D. Néraudeau). A3 Contexte environnemental, intérêt, protection et développement du site géologique de Tercis les Bains (G. S. Odin, J.-M. Dubis, P. Odin). Annexe 1: Sur les oiseaux de l'environnement du site géologique de Tercis (G. S. Odin). Annexe 2: Données botaniques sur le site géologique de Tercis les Bains (J. Laporte-Cru, B. Cahuzac). Annexe 3: Gastéropodes actuels (terrestres et dulçaquicoles) du site géologique de Tercis les Bains (J.-L. Dommergues, G. S. Odin). Annexe 4: Fourmis actuelles du site géologique de Tercis les Bains (A. Lenoir, G. S. Odin). A4 Geology and Late Cretaceous palaeogeography of the geological site at Tercis les Bains (M. Bilotte, G. S. Odin, B. Vrielynck). A5 Outcrops of the geological site at Tercis les Bains (G. S. Odin, M. A. Lamaurelle). A6 The site at Tercis les Bains (Landes), stratotype of the Campanian-Maastrichtian limit: insights from tectonic studies (M. Rocher). Part B. Characterisation, equivocal correlation at Tercis les Bains. B1a Descriptive lithostratigraphy of the Camp


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About the editor

G.S. Odin

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Dépt Géologie Sedimentaire, 4, Place Jussieu, Case 119A, tour 16, 4e etage, F75252, Paris Cedex 05, France


@from:F. Robaszynski @qu:...I recommend that all stratigraphers, palaeontologists and geologists buy Volume 19 of the series 'Developments in Palaeontology and Stratigraphy'. @source:Episodes