Three new Miocene fungal palynomorphs from the Brassington Formation, Derbyshire, UK

Pound, Matthew J., O’Keefe, Jennifer M. K., Nuñez Otaño, Noelia B. and Riding, James B. (2019) Three new Miocene fungal palynomorphs from the Brassington Formation, Derbyshire, UK. Palynology, 43 (4). pp. 596-607. ISSN 0191-6122

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The Middle to Late Miocene Brassington Formation from the Peak District in Derbyshire, central UK, has yielded a diverse vegetation assemblage, but until now there have been no reports of fungal remains. Here, we describe three new species of fossil fungal palynomorphs from the Kenslow Member of the Brassington Formation. The taxa have been assigned to the Chaetosphaeriaceae and Pyrenulales, and were most likely saprophytic members of the community. The extant living relatives of the new fossil fungi are commonly found on decaying wood, often submerged in freshwater. A saprobic ecology on submerged decaying wood is consistent with sedimentological evidence that shows the Kenslow Member was deposited in a lacustrine or wetland environment. This is the first reported occurrence of the genus Rhexoampullifera in the fossil record.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brassington Formation, fossil Chaetosphaeria, fossil Rhexoampulifera, fungal spores, Miocene, non-pollen palynomorphs, taxonomy, United Kingdom
Subjects: F600 Geology
F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2019 11:44
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2021 20:22

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