Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments

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Palaeoecology of Famennian-Tournaisian (Late Devonian-Early Carboniferous) bryozoans from central and southern regions of Russia

Original Paper


The palaeoecology of Famennian-Tournaisian (Late Devonian-Early Carboniferous) bryozoans from central and southern regions of Russia is analysed. Famennian-Tournaisian bryozoans associations of the Altai-Sayan Folded Area and the south-western region of the West-Siberian plate was a shallow-middle shelf according to our own and literature data. Robust branching-fenestrate-bilaminar bryozoan associations are found in locations of warm water, transitional low-high water energy, normal salinity and changing sedimentation rate. Bryozoan associations from South Urals and the central part of the Russian plate are characterised by a low number of species and specimens. Encrusting unilaminar and delicate branching growth habits are dominate in the Russian Plate and indicate an environmental setting in close proximity to strandline.


Bryozoa Palaeoenvironments Palaeozoic Growth habit 



We are grateful to G.A. Mizens, Yekaterinburg, for providing core material from boreholes of Western Siberia. Zoya Tolokonnikova thanks the Paleontological Society for financial support (Sepkoski Grant 2016, project 3000-16-62576-1). Part of the work was supported by the Russian Government Program of Competitive Growth of Kazan Federal University.

The authors would like to thank Steve Hageman and an anonymous reviewer whose comments and suggestions improved this paper. Many thanks to Patrick Wyse Jackson for English corrections and helpful comments.

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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  1. 1.Kuban State UniversityKazan Federal UniversityKrasnodarRussia
  2. 2.Instituts für GeologieUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany

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