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A Giant Permian Fusulinid from East-Central Alaska with Comparisons of All Giant Fusulinids in Western North America

Calvin H. Stevens
Journal of Paleontology
Vol. 69, No. 5 (Sep., 1995), pp. 805-812
Published by: Paleontological Society
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1306346
Page Count: 8
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A Giant Permian Fusulinid from East-Central Alaska with Comparisons of All Giant Fusulinids in Western North America
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Abstract

The discovery of a new locality yielding giant Guadalupian (Lower Permian) fusulinids in east-central Alaska extends the range of these forms much farther north than previously known, and into a tectonostratigraphic terrane from which they previously had not been reported. The number of areas from which giant parafusulinids are known in North America is thus raised to eight. Three of these localities are in rocks that previously had been referred to the allochthonous McCloud belt arc, and one, West Texas, is known to have been part of Paleozoic North America. Comparison of species from all areas suggests that there are two closely related species groups: one represented in Texas and Coahuila, and the other represented in Sonora, northern California, northeastern Washington, southern and northern British Columbia, Alaska, and apparently in Texas. These groups may differ because they are of slightly different ages or because interchange between the faunas of Texas--Coahuila area and the other regions was somewhat inhibited during the Early Permian.

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