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Palaeoenvironmental Interpretation of Palaeosols and Palustrine Carbonates of the Earliest Cretaceous Terrestrial Ecosystems in the Serranía de Cuenca, Iberian Ranges, Spain

  • Raúl de la HorraEmail author
  • M. Belén Muñoz-García
  • Marian Fregenal-Martínez
  • Javier Elez
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Bauxitic materials redeposited on top of the karstified Jurassic carbonates in the Serranía de Cuenca, Iberian Ranges, display palaeosols and palustrine carbonates that were deposited coevally with the sedimentation of the Rambla de las Cruces I Sequence (upper Barremian; La Huérguina Formation). This sequence contains rich micro- and macrovertebrate assemblages in the Buenache and Las Hoyas basins, to the south of the study area. Different palaeodrainage and palaeotopographic locations are responsible for the different types of palaeosols, some of which preserve vertebrate remains. This study clarifies various palaeoenvironmental aspects of the sedimentation of the La Huérguina Formation, and evaluates upper Barremian terrestrial settings as potential fossil sites.


Palaeosols Karstic bauxites Oxisols Palustrine Las Hoyas Barremian Iberian Ranges 



This is a contribution to Project CGL2009-11838/BTE of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Spain.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raúl de la Horra
    • 1
    Email author
  • M. Belén Muñoz-García
    • 1
  • Marian Fregenal-Martínez
    • 1
  • Javier Elez
    • 1
  1. 1.Departamento de EstratigrafíaUniversidad Complutense de MadridMadridSpain

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