Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Department of


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Published in Terra Antartica. Copyright 2000, 7(4), 443-452 Terra Antartica, Universite di Siena.


Rare calcareous nannofossils from the Cape Roberts Project drillhole CRP-2A indicate that this area was episodically invaded by marginal oceanic surface waters during the late and late early Oligocene. These depauperate assemblages lack most of the biostratigraphic index fossils for the Oligocene, but do provide two datums that aid in constraining the age of the section: the last appearance datum (LAD) of Dictyococcites bisectus (23.9 Ma) at 149.28 mbsf and the LAD of Chiasmolithus altus (26.1 Ma) at 412.25 mbsf. Calcareous nannofossil assemblages stratigraphically below c. 440 mbsf contain conspicuous evidence of reworking of older (late Eocene) specimens that renders age determination difficult.