The age of the Nodular Limestone Formation (Late Cretaceous), Narmada Basin, central India

  • Susheel Kumar
  • Deo Brat PathakEmail author
  • Bindhyachal Pandey
  • Anand Kumar Jaitly
  • Jai Prakash Gautam


The age of the marine Nodular Limestone Formation of the Bagh Group is refined at Substage level through ammonoid and inoceramid index taxa. The study is based on the fresh collections from three well-defined successive intervals (Lower Karondia, Upper Karondia and Chirakhan members) of this formation having excellent exposures in different localities of the Narmada Basin, central India. The first record of the widely distributed Turonian ammonoid genera Spathites Kummel and Decker and Collignoniceras Breistroffer from the Nodular Limestone Formation constrained its age exclusively to Turonian. The Early Turonian species Spathites (Jeanrogericeras) aff. revelieranus (Courtiller) and Mytiloides labiatus (Sclotheim) occur in the lower part, while the Middle Turonian marker Collignoniceras cf. carolinum (d’Obrbigny) and Inoceramus hobetsensis (Nagao and Matsumoto) occurs in the upper part of the Karondia Member. The record of the index species Inoceramus teshioensis (Nagao and Matsumoto) in association with Placenticeras mintoi Vredenburg from Chirakhan Member allows a definite Late Turonian age. The present contribution is an attempt to resolve the controversies in the age of the Nodular Limestone Formation and also demarcation of the three divisions (Early, Middle and Late) of the Turonian Stage in the Narmada Basin, central India.


Nodular Limestone Formation ammonoids inoceramid bivalves Turonian Narmada Basin 



The authors thank the Department of Geology for providing facilities of research work. One of the authors (S K) thankfully acknowledges the CSIR, New Delhi for the financial support in the form of JRF (CSIR) and SRF (RGNF, UGC). The authors are also thankful to the two anonymous reviewers for their critical comments and suggestions, which helped them considerably in enhancing the quality of the paper.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susheel Kumar
    • 1
  • Deo Brat Pathak
    • 1
    Email author
  • Bindhyachal Pandey
    • 1
  • Anand Kumar Jaitly
    • 1
  • Jai Prakash Gautam
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Geology, Stratigraphy and Invertebrate Palaeontology Laboratory, Center of Advanced StudyBanaras Hindu UniversityVaranasiIndia

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