Presentation on theme: "EARLY TRIASSIC (DIENERIAN) CONODONTS FROM NORTHERN THAILAND AND THEIR BEARING ON THE EVOLUTION OF MULTIELEMENT APPARATUSES Norman M. Savage Geological."— Presentation transcript:
EARLY TRIASSIC (DIENERIAN) CONODONTS FROM NORTHERN THAILAND AND THEIR BEARING ON THE EVOLUTION OF MULTIELEMENT APPARATUSES Norman M. Savage Geological Sciences, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon 97403, USA Michael J. Orchard Geological Survey of Canada, Vancouver, BC, V6B 5J3, Canada Apsorn Sardsud Department of Mineral Resources, Bangkok, Thailand 10400 Petra Lutat Palaeontological Research Centre, Mahasarakham University, Thailand 44150
Location of the Phrao field area in northwest Thailand
Fossil locality west of Phrao, northwest Thailand
aaaa a aa a aa A B Neospathodus dieneri A, Morphotype 1, B, Morphotype 2
A B Bed PR-48. Hindeodus parvus A, Side view B, Oral view
DMR Field Group: Chan, Dr. Apsorn Sardsud, New, and Oan
Conclusions Preliminary work suggests this Phrao locality comprises several horizons with important Dienerian apparatuses. The key to understanding the evolution of multielement Lower Triassic conodonts lies in Dienerian collections. The Neospathodus dieneri Sweet 1970 group were amongst the first species from Neogondolella ancestors in the early Induan and represent the major rootstock for many Olenekian conodonts. The faunas include two morphotypes of N. dieneri, plus fewer specimens of N. chii, N. concavus, and ?N. chaohuensis, all recently described from Induan- Olenekian boundary beds at Chaohu, China (Zhao et al., in press). The faunas also contain rare specimens of Neogondolella carinata and Hindeodus parvus, species that have been regarded as casualties of the end- Griesbachian extinction. The abundant Thailand material adds to our understanding of the evolving apparatuses of the Early Triassic but at this preliminary stage in the work it is difficult to confidently differentiate the apparatuses.
Thanks are extended to: Narong and Supatta for allowing access to their garden and permitting us to collect rock samples, and The Geological Survey Division of the Thailand Department of Mineral Resources, Bangkok, and the Palaeontological Research Institute, Mahasarakham University for financial and logistic support, and the drivers, field assistants, and technicians.