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The Miguasha Fossil-Fish-Lagerstätte: a consequence of the Devonian land-sea interactions

R. Cloutier
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J.N. Proust

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The evolution of vertebrate assemblages in terms of fluctuating environments has rarely been investigated for the Devonian period. Variation of biodiversity (richness, abundance and species composition) in the diverse Devonian fish assemblage of the Escuminac Formation (Quebec, Canada) is analysed in response to changes in lithofacies, depositional environment and taphonomy through time. Five sequences within an inner wave-dominated estuary show shifts in continentalisation. Although a ubiquitous fish assemblage is identified throughout the formation, species are more diversified and species composition is better structured during relative sea-level rise than during still-stand and relative sea-level fall. Konservat and Konzentrat Fossil- Lagerstätte horizons occur in the transgressive phase of the sequences.
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insu-00677487 , version 1 (08-03-2012)

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R. Cloutier, J.N. Proust, Bernadette Tessier. The Miguasha Fossil-Fish-Lagerstätte: a consequence of the Devonian land-sea interactions. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments, 2011, 91 (4), pp.293-323. ⟨10.1007/s12549-011-0058-0⟩. ⟨insu-00677487⟩
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