Late Eocene impact-events and stepwise-mass-extinctions.

Gerta Keller

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Late Eocene extinctions are neither catastrophic nor mass extinctions, but occur stepwise in a sequence of 4 steps over a period of 3.4Ma. Closely associated with 2 of the stepwise extinction events are 3 microtektite horizons; one in the upper part of Globigerapsis semiinvoluta Zone at 38.2Ma, and 2 closely spaced layers in the lower part of Globorotalia cerroazulensis Zone at 37.3 and 37.2Ma. Species extinctions and relative species abundance declines are closely associated with microtektite layers and suggest, but do not prove, a cause-effect relationship between impact events and some of the stepwise mass extinctions.-Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)403-412
Number of pages10
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1986

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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