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ABSTRACT: The present study deals with the palynological dating, correlation and depositional setting of the sediments from bore cores MGP-11 and MGP-4 from Gauridevipet area of Chintalapudi sub-basin of Godavari master basin, south India. On the basis of palynological studies, three palynoassemblages have been identified, one in bore core MGP-11 a Faunipollenites (=Protohaploxypinus) and Striasulcites assemblage and two in bore core MGP-4; one is characterized by the dominance of striate bisaccates and Densipollenites and the other by Striatopodocarpites and Cresentipollenites palynoassemblages. The other stratigraphically significant taxa include Guttulapollenites hannonicus, Lunatisporites noviaulensis, Lunatisporites pellucidus, Densoisporites contactus, Chordasporites australiensis, Goubinispora spp., Lundbladispora microconata, Lundbladispora raniganjensis and Klausipollenites schaubergeri. The recovered taxa suggest a Late Permian, Lopingian age for these rocks. This interpretation is based on the correlation of the assemblages with similar assemblages from previous Gondwana studies chiefly Densipollenites magnicorpus Zone of Damodar Basin, India and Late Permian palynoassemblages from Africa, Antarctica, Australia and South America. On the basis of palaeobotanical affinity of the identified microflora it has been inferred that the peat forming plant community was composed mainly of gymnosperm pollen attributable to glossopterids, that includes striate and non-striate bisaccates and paucity of cordaites which includes monosaccates. Spores are subordinate and are derived from lycopsids (Lundbladispora, Densoisporites), sphenopsids (Latosporites) and filicopsids (Horriditriletes, Lophotriletes, Verrucosisporites, Osmundacidites, Leiotriletes, Callumispora, Brevitriletes and Microbaculispora) occurring in variable proportions. The dominance of subarborescent/arborescent vegetation suggests a development in a forest swamp probably in a small distant marginal part of the mire or periods of standing water. This flooding environment favoured the growth of herbaceous lycopsids, filicopsids and sphenopsids in the palaeomire. More or less similar environments of deposition have been deduced for both the sedimentary sequences on the basis of palynofacies analysis. Anaerobic, reducing, water logged peat-forming conditions have been inferred based on the abundance of phytoclasts. The relative abundance of structured organic matter implies the existence of a fairly dense vegetation cover in the hinterland. The charcoal fragments recovered from the present study area reflects a possible wildfire in the accumulated swamps or a wildfire in the hinterland after which the sediments were flushed by fluvial systems into the swamps.
Journal of Asian Earth Sciences 01/2014; 79:382–399.
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ABSTRACT: The evolutionary history of thecamoebians (testate amoebae) extends back to the Neoproterozoic Era. However, until now, these have had a restricted, discontinuous and modest record across the world. The studied sediment of Raniganj Formation (Godavari Graben), Andhra Pradesh, India has been assigned as Late Permian on the basis of co-occurring age-diagnostic Late Permian palynomorphs. About sixteen thecamoebian species and one taxon incertae sedis have been recorded here in the palynological slides on the basis of shell morphology and morphometry. Out of these, five belong to the family Arcellidae, seven to Centropyxidae, two to Trigonopyxidae, one to Difflugiidae, one to Plagiopyxidae, and one is regarded incertae sedis. The morphometric characteristics of fossil forms resemble their corresponding extant species studied from ecologically diverse fresh water wetlands in India. In general, the ratio of shell diameter and aperture diameter of Late Permian fossil and extant specimens show significant correlation in all the studied species. Except that, the ratio of shell length and breadth is the distinguishing feature between Centropyxis aerophila and C. aerophila 'sylvatica', rather than the ratio of shell length and longest diameter of the shell aperture in both fossil and extant forms. The study elucidates the minimal morphological evolution in thecamoebians and their survival during mass extinction periods and stressful environmental conditions over the geological timescale.
European journal of protistology 07/2013;
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ABSTRACT: A palaeoclimate and palaeoecological study was carried out using sedimentological, palynological and thecamoebian evidence in a 5 m deep sediment core deposited since ∼3630 cal BP from TSpettai mangrove wetland, northeastern part of Cauvery River Delta. Textural analysis shows the overall predominance of fine clay with intermittent phases of sand. The palynological climatic period inferred in Phase I (∼3630–3170 cal BP) shows a stabilized estuarine ecosystem conducive for mangroves along with a good percentage of hinterland forest indicating a warm and humid climate with strengthened monsoon. Phase IIa (∼3170–2600 cal BP) shows abundance of salt-tolerant mangroves along with a mixed forest suggesting climatic amelioration from warm and humid to dry and arid. Phase IIb (∼2600–1300 cal BP) shows the dominance of salt tolerant species indicating enhanced dry and arid climate coupled with weakened monsoon. Phase III (since ∼1300 cal BP) is characterized by rejuvenation of true mangroves and high percentages of salinity tolerant mangroves with a low percentage of thecamoebians, thereby indicating increased salinity induced by weakened monsoon and enhanced anthropogenic activity. It is inferred that during the past 3 millennia, climate changed from warm and humid to cool and arid conditions, with an evolution of vegetation from moist to dry deciduous forest. The qualitative and quantitative study shows a decline in the true mangroves and an increase in the salt tolerant vegetation, which is attributed to the increased salinity in the wetland due to high salt accumulation in the root zone which is vulnerable for mangroves.
Quaternary International 06/2013; 298:45–56.
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