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dc.contributor.authorDay, M
dc.contributor.authorRubidge, BS
dc.identifier.citationDay MO, Rubidge BS. Biesiespoort revisited: a case study on the relationship between tetrapod assemblage zones and Beaufort lithostratigraphy south of Victoria West. 20th Biennial Conference of the Palaeontological Society of Southern Africa. 2018. Palaeontologia africana, (2019) 53: 51–65en_US
dc.description.abstractThe relationship between the tetrapod assemblage zones of the South African Karoo Basin and the lithostratigraphic divisions of the Beaufort Group is well-established, and provides an independent means of dating fossil occurrences. However, this relationship may not be consistent across the basin; a discrepancy exists between the historical tetrapod assemblages in the vicinity of Victoria West, Northern Cape Province, and the expected tetrapod assemblage zones based on mapped geology. In order to examine this disconnect, we collected fossils at two localities close to Biesiespoort railway station, a locality that was visited on a number of occasions by Robert Broom. Our fossil samples support the biostratigraphic determinations of Broom and thus confirm that the stratigraphic extent of the biozones at these localities differs from their type areas further south. The reasons for this are unclear but could be related to the northward younging of the lithological units, implying complex depositional processes, or result from difficulties in mapping. Nevertheless, caution should be exercised when using mapped geology near Victoria West as a guide to the age of fossils found there.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity of the Witwatersrand Johannesburgen_US
dc.titleBiesiespoort revisited: a case study on the relationship between tetrapod assemblage zones and Beaufort lithostratigraphy south of Victoria Westen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.identifier.journalPalaeontologia Africanaen_US
dc.identifier.startpage51 - 65en_US
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elements.import.authorDay, Men_US
elements.import.authorRubidge, BSen_US
dc.description.nhmPalaeontologia africana 2019. ©2019 Michael O. Day and Bruce S. Rubidge. This is an open-access article published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License (CC BY4.0). To view a copy of the license, please visit This license permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Both the supplement and the article are permanently archived at: The attached file is the published version of the article.en_US
dc.subject.nhmBeaufort Groupen_US
dc.subject.nhmVictoria West.en_US

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