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Palaeobiogeographical affinities and palaeoceanographical significance of late Cretaceous Ostracoda (Crustacea) from Voluta-1, Otway Basin, southeastern Australia

Mark T Warne, Stephen J Gallagher

Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology | Informa UK Limited | Published : 2020


A continental shelf to upper continental slope ostracod fauna is documented from the late Cretaceous (late Turonian to Santonian) Belfast Mudstone in Voluta-1 of the Otway Basin, southeastern Australia. The fauna has palaeobiogeographical affinities with mid-late Cretaceous ostracod faunas of Western Australia, New Zealand, the Antarctic Peninsula and the Falklands Plateau. This distribution pattern probably reflects dispersal influenced by the opening of the Australo-Antarctic Gulf, and by clockwise gyre currents in the proto Southern Ocean. The presence of Philoneptunus sp. in this fauna suggests that the Australo-Antarctic Gulf was an important locus for deep sea colonization by Gondwanan..

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