Llandovery (lower Silurian) graptolites from the Sepon Mine, Truong Son Terrane, central Laos and their palaeogeographical significance

David K. Loydell, Mongkol Udchachon, Clive Burrett

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    Abstract

    Graptolites are described from the Llandovery of the Sepon mine area, central Laos, part of the Truong Son Terrane. The palaeobiogeographical affinities of the Rhuddanian graptolites are with peri-Gondwanan Europe and Arabia rather than equatorial regions such as South China and Laurentia (Arctic Canada). A review of previous palaeontological research on the middle Palaeozoic of the Indochina terranes reveals an often contradictory picture with vertebrates suggesting close proximity of South China to the Truong Son Terrane in the Devonian and invertebrates and radiolarians providing evidence for a palaeogeographical barrier between the two. Graptolites from the Mojiang area, Yunnan are typical of low latitude Silurian faunas and suggest that this area (Simao or Loei Terrane) was separate from the Truong Son Terrane.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalJournal of Asian Earth Sciences
    Early online date7 Nov 2018
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    Publication statusEarly online - 7 Nov 2018

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