Lena, L.; López-Martínez, R.; Lescano, M.; Aguirre-Urrreta, B.; Concheyro, A.; Vennari, V.; Naipauer, M.; Samankassou, E.; Pimentel, M.; Ramos, V.A.; Schaltegger, U. "High-precision U-Pb ages in the early Tithonian to early Berriasian and implications for the numerical age of the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary" (2019) Solid Earth. 10(1):1-14
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The numerical age of the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary has been controversial and difficult to determine. In this study, we present high-precision U-Pb geochronological data around the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary in two distinct sections from different sedimentary basins: the Las Loicas, Neuquén Basin, Argentina, and the Mazatepec, Sierra Madre Oriental, Mexico. These two sections contain primary and secondary fossiliferous markers for the boundary as well as interbedded volcanic ash horizons, allowing researchers to obtain new radioisotopic dates in the late Tithonian and early Berriasian. We also present the first age determinations in the early Tithonian and tentatively propose a minimum duration for the stage as a cross-check for our ages in the early Berriasian. Given our radioisotopic ages in the early Tithonian to early Berriasian, we discuss implications for the numerical age of the boundary. © Author(s) 2019.All Rights Reserved.


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Título:High-precision U-Pb ages in the early Tithonian to early Berriasian and implications for the numerical age of the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary
Autor:Lena, L.; López-Martínez, R.; Lescano, M.; Aguirre-Urrreta, B.; Concheyro, A.; Vennari, V.; Naipauer, M.; Samankassou, E.; Pimentel, M.; Ramos, V.A.; Schaltegger, U.
Filiación:Department of Earth Sciences, University of Geneva, Geneva, 1205, Switzerland
Instituto de Geología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, Ciudad de Mexico, 04510, Mexico
Instituto de Estudios Andinos Don Pablo Groeber (UBA-CONICET), Universidad de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, 1428, Argentina
Instituto de Geociências, Universidade de Brasilia, Brasilia, DF, 70910-900, Brazil
Palabras clave:Binary alloys; Geochronology; Lead alloys; Volcanoes; Age determination; Cross check; High-precision; Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary; Sedimentary basin; Two section; U-Pb ages; Volcanic ash; Uranium alloys; age determination; geochronology; Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary; radionuclide; sedimentary basin; uranium-lead dating; Argentina; Mexico [North America]; Neuquen Basin; Sierra Madre Oriental; Sierra Madre [Mexico]
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Lena, L., López-Martínez, R., Lescano, M., Aguirre-Urrreta, B., Concheyro, A., Vennari, V., Naipauer, M.,..., Schaltegger, U. (2019) . High-precision U-Pb ages in the early Tithonian to early Berriasian and implications for the numerical age of the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary. Solid Earth, 10(1), 1-14.
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Lena, L., López-Martínez, R., Lescano, M., Aguirre-Urrreta, B., Concheyro, A., Vennari, V., et al. "High-precision U-Pb ages in the early Tithonian to early Berriasian and implications for the numerical age of the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary" . Solid Earth 10, no. 1 (2019) : 1-14.
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Lena, L., López-Martínez, R., Lescano, M., Aguirre-Urrreta, B., Concheyro, A., Vennari, V., et al. "High-precision U-Pb ages in the early Tithonian to early Berriasian and implications for the numerical age of the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary" . Solid Earth, vol. 10, no. 1, 2019, pp. 1-14.
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Lena, L., López-Martínez, R., Lescano, M., Aguirre-Urrreta, B., Concheyro, A., Vennari, V., et al. High-precision U-Pb ages in the early Tithonian to early Berriasian and implications for the numerical age of the Jurassic-Cretaceous boundary. Solid Earth. 2019;10(1):1-14.