Early to Middle Jurassic marine ostracod assemblages from the southwestern part of the British Isles, North African continental margin and South America have yielded taxa which are not known from other parts of Britain and Europe. We discuss the palaeogeographical and stratigraphical distribution of these taxa, here arranged into ten informal "groups", from which we infer that benthonic podocopid Ostracoda successfully migrated between Northwest Europe and the eastern part of Tethys during the Early and Middle Jurassic, not through the main Tethyan seaway but via a proto Atlantic-Central America route supporting previous observations based on macrofossil evidence ("Hispanic Corridor" of Smith, 1983). Furthermore, the fact that these taxa are absent from contemporary European sequences suggests the existence of physical and/or chemical barriers limiting benthonic faunal exchange between the western part of the British Isles and the rest of north-western Europe, particularly during the Late Pliensbachian through to Aalenian interval.
|Number of pages||12|
|Journal||Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology|
|Publication status||Published - 1996|
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