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Global climate, sea level cycles, and biotic events in the Cambrian Period

  • Loren Babcock
  • Shan-Chi Peng
  • Carlton E. Brett
  • Mao-Yan Zhu
  • Per Ahlberg
  • Michael Bevis
  • Richard A. Robison
Publishing year: 2015
Language: English
Pages: 5-15
Publication/Series: Palaeoworld
Volume: 24
Issue: 1-2
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: Elsevier

Abstract english

The developing high-resolution chronostratigraphy of the Cambrian provides an updated age model for various geologic and biotic events that occurred during this critical period of Earth history. Broad, time-specific patterns of lithofacies, such as organic-rich deposits, and biofacies appear to be consistent across all Cambrian paleocontinents. Records of important evolutionary events including first appearances of certain metazoan taxa, migrations, and extinctions, tend to coincide with changes in eustatic sea level, as do the positions of many Konservat-Lagerstatten, concretion horizons, agnostoid-rich beds, and other sedimentary features. Most of these events or horizons also show a relationship to perturbations in the global carbon cycle. The positions of organic-rich deposits bear strong relationship to both paleogeographic position and sea level history. Cambrian strata show evidence of cyclicity at multiple scales. Synchronous or near-synchronous global cyclicity is inferred to be associated with oceanographic and climatic cycles characteristic of glacial expansion and deglaciation. (C) 2015 Published by Elsevier B.V. on behalf of Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, CAS.


  • Geology
  • Climate Research
  • Cambrian
  • Chronostratigraphy
  • Glacioeustasy
  • Paleoclimate
  • Black shale


  • ISSN: 1875-5887
Per Ahlberg
E-mail: per [dot] ahlberg [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se


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