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1 January 2018 Biogeographical and Biostratigraphical Significance of a New Middle Devonian Phacopid Trilobite from the Naidaijin Formation, Kurosegawa Terrane, Kyushu, Southwest Japan
Christopher Stocker, Gengo Tanaka, Derek J. Siveter, Philip Lane, Yukiyasu Tsutsumi, Toshifumi Komatsu, Simon Wallis, Tatsuo Oji, David J. Siveter, Mark Williams
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A newly discovered trilobite from the Naidaijin Formation in the Kurosegawa Terrane of southwest Japan is referred to Toxophacops (Atopophacops) fujiwara sp. nov. The trilobite occurs in strata 2 m below a level with detrital zircons that yield an age of 383.9±4.4 Ma that is likely Givetian (late Mid-Devonian). Elsewhere, Early to Mid-Devonian trilobite species of T. (Atopophacops) and T. (Toxophacops) have been recorded from the Nakazato Formation of the South Kitakami Terrane of northeast Japan, and from the Zhusilenghaierhan region of western Inner Mongolia, North China. The new trilobite species extends the geographical range of the phacopid subfamily Echinophacopinae, and supports the affinities of some Devonian Japanese trilobites with those of north China. The occurrence of Toxophacops in the Lower Member of the Naidaijin Formation, combined with other trilobite evidence, confirms a clear biostratigraphical distinction between the Lower Member (upper Lower and Middle Devonian) and Upper Member (Upper Devonian) of the Naidaijin Formation.

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Christopher Stocker, Gengo Tanaka, Derek J. Siveter, Philip Lane, Yukiyasu Tsutsumi, Toshifumi Komatsu, Simon Wallis, Tatsuo Oji, David J. Siveter, and Mark Williams "Biogeographical and Biostratigraphical Significance of a New Middle Devonian Phacopid Trilobite from the Naidaijin Formation, Kurosegawa Terrane, Kyushu, Southwest Japan," Paleontological Research 22(1), 75-90, (1 January 2018). https://doi.org/10.2517/2017PR011
Received: 31 January 2017; Accepted: 2 June 2017; Published: 1 January 2018
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detrital zircon geochronology
Devonian
Japan
Kurosegawa
Kyushu
Trilobita
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