Biostratigraphic Distribution of Lower Carboniferous Ammonoids in Northern Russia

  • Lydia F. Kusina


The purpose of the present paper is to show the succession and diversity of goniatites in this area. The distribution of ammonoids in northern Russia is reviewed at the generic level in terms of global ammonoid genus-zones proposed by V.E. Ruzhencev and M.F. Bogoslovskaya in 1971. The record of goniatites in the northeastern Europe commences with the Upper Tournaisian, whereas in eastern Siberia their distribution is confined mainly to Upper Visean deposits. Unequal investigation of Lower Carboniferous ammonoids in different areas makes possible only a rough correlation of Russian genus-zones with other more detailed biozonations.

Ammonoids of the Protocanites-Pericyclus and Merocanites-Ammonellipsites genus-zones in Pai-Khoy and Pre-Polar Ural are; the most diverse, and the latter zones are easily correlatable with mid-Dinantian zones of the British Isles (Riley, 1990a,b) where ammonoids from this interval are rather well represented, and some genera and species show similarity to those of Pai-Khoi and Pre-Polar Urals. Late Visean goniatites are not so abundant in northern Russia as in Central Europe, on the basis of which a detailed biozonation was elaborated. In this case, only a rough correlation is possible. Two Serpukhovian assemblages are the most abundant and diverse in reefal deposits on Berch Island.

The genera recorded are mostly cosmopolitan. The apparent endemic distribution of several genera known in mid-Dinantian deposits probably reflects the insufficient study of ammonoids from this interval in other areas.


River Basin English Summary British Isle Early Carboniferous Unequal Investigation 
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  • Lydia F. Kusina
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  1. 1.Paleontological Institute RASMoscowRussia

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