Confirmation of a Middle Jurassic age for the Eedemt Formation in Dundgobi Province, southeast Mongolia: Constraints from the discovery of new spinicaudatans (clam shrimps)

Gang Li, Hisao Ando, Hitoshi Hasegawa, Masanobu Yamamoto, Takashi Hasegawa, Tohru Ohta, Noriko Hasebe, Niiden Ichinnorov

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Abstract

Two spinicaudatan species, Triglypta eedemtensis Li sp. nov. and Dundgobiestheria mandalgobiensis Li gen. et sp. nov., are described on the basis of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging of newly collected specimens from paper-thin laminated black shale of the Eedemt Formation exposed at the Eedemt locality in the Khootiin Khotgor coal mine region of Dundgobi Province in southeast Mongolia. Triglypta eedemtensis is ornamented mainly with puncta and a punctate fine reticulum; radial lirae occur only on two or three growth bands near the venter. The small spinicaudatan Triglypta is a common component of the Middle Jurassic Euestheria ziliujingensis fauna and Sinokontikia fauna, and is a typical taxon in the Middle Jurassic lacustrine sequences of northern Hebei and the Junggar and Turpan basins of the Xinjiang Autonomous District of China; however, it does not occur in stratigraphically higher units elsewhere. Therefore, the age of the Eedemt Formation should be considered Middle Jurassic rather than Early Cretaceous. The Eedemt Formation is much older than the Early Cretaceous Shinekhudag Formation in the Shine Khudag area of southeast Mongolia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-316
Number of pages12
JournalAlcheringa
Volume38
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jul

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Keywords

  • Conchostracans
  • Dundgobi Province
  • Jurassic spinicaudatans
  • Mongolia
  • biostratigraphy
  • clam shrimps
  • lacustrine deposits
  • taxonomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Palaeontology

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