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Limitations of the Astronomically Tuned Timescale: A Case Study from the Newark Basin

  • Lawrence H. TannerEmail author
  • Spencer G. Lucas
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An astronomically tuned timescale has been applied successfully to most of the Cenozoic record, but remains problematic for much of the Mesozoic. We examine the reliability of the cyclostratigraphy of the Upper Triassic of the Newark basin and find that a strict application of an astronomic timescale is contradicted by biostratigraphy. The greatest weakness of the application appears to be the ability, or lack thereof, to verify the completeness of the Newark stratigraphic record.


Cyclostratigraphy Newark Basin Norian Van Houten cycles McLaughlin cycles 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesLe Moyne CollegeSyracuseUSA
  2. 2.New Mexico Museum of Natural HistoryAlbuquerqueUSA

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