Stratigraphic and taxonomic considerations on the Late Cretaceous rudist fauna of Aksai Chin (Western Tibet, China) from the De Filippi Collection
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S St tr ra at ti ig gr ra ap ph hi ic c a an nd d t ta ax xo on no om mi ic c c co on ns si id de er ra at ti io on ns s o on n t th he e L La at te e C Cr re et ta ac ce eo ou us s r ru ud di is st t f fa au un na a o of f A Ak ks sa ai i C Ch hi in n ( (W We es st te er rn n T Ti ib be et t, , C Ch hi in na a) ) f fr ro om m t th he e D DE E F FI IL LI IP PP PI I C Co ol ll le ec ct ti io on n Abstract: The rudist fauna collected in western Tibet in the Aksai Chin area by the DE FILIPPI
... he DE FILIPPI expedition in 1914 has been reprised and redescribed. This fauna is composed of Radiolites cf. lusitanicus, Radiolites sp., Gorjanovicia cf. endrissi, ? Sauvagesia sp., Sphaerulites sp., Durania sp., and Gyropleura sp. The rudist-bearing beds belong to the Tielongtan Group of the Tianshuihai terrane. The Turonian-? Coniacian Xiloqzung Formation (Fm.) bear the older rudists (Radiolites cf. lusitanicus, Radiolites sp., Sphaerulites sp., Durania sp.), whereas younger ages have been determined through microfossil analysis which, compared with the western Neotethys records, suggests an early-mid Campanian age. This allowed to ascribe the younger rudists of the collection (Gorjanovicia cf. endrissi, ? Sauvagesia sp., Gyropleura sp., Radiolites sp.) to the Dongloqzung Formation. Our data confirm that rudist-bearing facies in the Tielongtan Group extend at least up to the middle Campanian. The Aksai Chin rudist assemblage should belong to the Southwestern Asian assemblage of the Eastern Mediterranean Subprovince.