Review articleOpen access
2006/01/01 Simple chapter DOI: 10.1016/B978-008045041-4.50021-3
Publisher SummaryThis chapter summarizes the correlation of biostratigraphic zones recognized from South China along with other regions of China, and with those of other paleocontinents such as Australia, Kazakhstan, Siberia, Laurentia, and Baltica. Agnostoid and polymerid trilobites permit biostratigraphic correlation of the studied interval of the Huaqiao Formation in South China with slope or shelf facies of many other regions of the Cambrian world. Intercontinental correlation of the Huaqiao Formation is based on the use of cosmopolitan agnostoid trilobites. Additional biostratigraphic information of Polymerid trilobites are also summarized in the chapter. Agnostoid biostratigraphy for northwestern Hunan and western Zhejiang suggests a precise correlation of the studied interval of the Huaqiao Formation with the Huayanshi and the basal Siyanshan formations. Correlation of the Huaqiao Formation with the equivalent interval in Baltica is principally on the basis of agnostoid biostratigraphy. Agnostoids from Kazakhstan permit precise correlation between South China and Kazakhstan.
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