Chieseiceras dolomiticum n. sp. (Ammonoidea) and its significance for the calibration of the Triassic platform interior stratigraphy at Latemar (Southern Alps, Italy)

  • Peter BrackEmail author
  • Hans Rieber
Regular Research Article


The species Chieseiceras dolomiticum n. sp. along with other ammonoid species (Latemarites latemarensis, Halilucites rusticus) helps constraining the age of the cyclic platform interior portion at Latemar (Dolomites, northern Italy). The comparison of ammonoids from the Latemar platform with the fossil record in basinal successions in the Southern Alps (including the Ladinian GSSP section at Bagolino) and Hungary suggests that the entire rhythmically bedded Latemar interval is entirely late Anisian in age. More than 400 stratigraphical metres of bedded shallow water carbonates at Latemar are found to correspond to less than 5 m of siliceous nodular limestone in the pelagic succession at Bagolino. The refined correlation will be significant for the reassessment of the cyclic Latemar stratigraphy in the light of new geochronological calibration of the South Alpine Middle Triassic.


Middle Triassic Dolomites Latemar Carbonate platforms Ammonoids 



This article is a late outcome of a fruitful collaboration between the authors and members of the geological Institute of the University of Heidelberg. In July 2000 Thilo Bechstädt and Rainer Zühlke guided us to the fossil locality on the very top of Cimon del Latemar. There the group was lucky not only to identify the site, but also to survive a heavy thunderstorm and lightning. The article benefitted from suggestions made by three anonymous reviewers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departement ErdwissenschaftenETH ZürichZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.Paläontologisches Institut und MuseumUniversität ZürichZurichSwitzerland

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