Late Devonian (Frasnian–Famennian) palynomorphs from the Padeha and Bahram Formations of Shahzadeh Mohammad section, northwest of Kerman, Iran
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Department of Geology, Faculty of Earth Science, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
ELKH-MTM-ELTE, Research Group for Paleontology, PO Box 137, Budapest, H-1431 Hungary
Online publication date: 2022-12-16
Publication date: 2022-12-16
Acta Palaeobotanica 2022; 62(2): 144-161
  • We have studied the Upper Devonian Padaha and Bahram formations.
  • We present a diverse microphytoplankton assemblage from Central Iran
  • Our results might provide new data to a better understanding of a particular important Paleozoic extinction event and the Paleozoic paleogeography of the northern coastline of Gondwana
A diverse and well-preserved microphytoplankton assemblage is reported from a measured section of Frasnian–Famennian (Upper Devonian) Padeha and Bahram Formations in Shahzadeh Mohammad area, northwestern Kerman, southeast Iran. The palynoflora assemblage contains 17 genera and 23 species of acritarchs, chitinozoa, scolecodont and rich miospore taxa. 57 species (25 genera) of miospores were identified and 5 assemblage biozones were defined from the Shahzadeh Mohammad section. The miospore composition is similar to neighboring localities in Southern and Northern Iran, but it shows significant similarities with palynoflora from more distant localities, e.g. Saudi Arabia, Western Australia or Algeria. This implies a close relationship between the Iranian platform and other areas of the Northern Gondwana and southern Laurentia Domain during the late Devonian. The investigated section was deposited in a shallow marine environment with tropical conditions during the Frasnian-Famennian period.
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