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1 December 2011 Temporal Changes of Plio—Pleistocene Ostracoda from the Takanabe Formation, Miyazaki Group, Southwest Japan
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A total of 145 ostracode taxa were obtained from the upper part of the Plio—Pleistocene Takanabe Formation, Miyazaki Group, in the northern part of the Miyazaki Plain, Southwest Japan. Most of the assemblages are extant temperate and subtropical water species that have been reported from the recent western North Pacific Ocean around Southwest Japan, the Tsushima Strait, and the shelves off China. Four ostracode bioassociations (UA, MA, LA, and DA) and two biofacies (SF and DF) were discriminated on the basis of Rand Q-mode cluster analyses. Biofacies SF is divided into six sub-biofacies (SF1–6). The results revealed at least two transgressions and one regression during the deposition of the upper part of the Takanabe Formation. The sea-level fluctuation at approximately 2.6 Ma inferred in this study is extremely large compared with the glacio-eustatic sea-level fluctuations during the late Pliocene to early Pleistocene, suggesting that local tectonic movement in the study site during the deposition of the upper part of the studied interval at ∼2.6 Ma may have led to the large sea-level fluctuation. This paper also includes descriptions of two new species, Acanthocythereis abei sp. nov. and Acanthocythereis takanabensis sp. nov.

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Hokuto Iwatani, Toshiaki Irizuki, and Takashi Goto "Temporal Changes of Plio—Pleistocene Ostracoda from the Takanabe Formation, Miyazaki Group, Southwest Japan," Paleontological Research 15(4), 269-289, (1 December 2011). https://doi.org/10.2517/1342-8144-15.4.269
Received: 10 February 2011; Accepted: 1 July 2011; Published: 1 December 2011
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