Hauterivian

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System Series Stage Age (Ma)
Paleogene Paleocene Danian younger
Cretaceous Late Maastrichtian 66.0–72.1
Campanian 72.1–83.6
Santonian 83.6–86.3
Coniacian 86.3–89.8
Turonian 89.8–93.9
Cenomanian 93.9–100.5
Early Albian 100.5–~113.0
Aptian ~113.0–~125.0
Barremian ~125.0–~129.4
Hauterivian ~129.4–~132.9
Valanginian ~132.9–~139.8
Berriasian ~139.8–~145.0
Jurassic Late Tithonian older
Subdivision of the Cretaceous system
according to the IUGS, as of July 2012.

The Hauterivian is, in the geologic timescale, an age in the Early Cretaceous epoch or a stage in the Lower Cretaceous series. It spans the time between 136.4 ± 2 Ma and 130 ± 1.5 Ma (million years ago). The Hauterivian is preceded by the Valanginian and succeeded by the Barremian.[1]

Stratigraphic definitions[edit]

The Hauterivian was introduced in scientific literature by Swiss geologist Eugène Renevier in 1873. It is named after the Swiss town of Hauterive at the shore of Lake Neuchâtel.

The base of the Hauterivian is defined as the place in the stratigraphic column where the ammonite genus Acanthodiscus first appears. A reference profile for the base (a GSSP) had in 2009 not yet been established. The top of the Hauterivian (the base of the Barremian) is at the first appearance of ammonite species Spitidiscus hugii.

In the ammonite biostratigraphy of the Tethys domain, the Hauterivian contains seven ammonite biozones:

Palaeontology[edit]

Birds (avian theropods)[edit]

Birds of the Hauterivian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images
Disputed Berriasian-Hauterivian Auxerre, Yonne, France
Hauterivian to Barremian La Huérgina Formation, Castilla-la-Mancha, Spain

†Ornithischians[edit]

Ornithischians of the Hauterivian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images
Isle of Wight, England A dryosaurid

Mammalia (mammals)[edit]

Mammals of the Hauterivian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images
several species from Hauterivian to Albian Spain, Mongolia

†Plesiosaurs[edit]

Plesiosaurs of the Hauterivian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images

†Pterosauria[edit]

Pterosaurs of the Hauterivian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images
Disputed, considered Tithonian by some

†Sauropods[edit]

Sauropods of the Hauterivian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images

†Theropods (non-avian)[edit]

Non-Avian Theropods of the Hauterivian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images
Valanginian to Hauterivian Thailand
Hauterivian to Barremian Shinekhudug Formation, Eastern Gobi province, Mongolia

†Ammonites[edit]

Ammonites of the Hauterivian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images
Argentina
Czech Republic

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ See Gradstein et al. (2004) for a detailed geologic timescale

Literature[edit]

External links[edit]

Cretaceous Period
Lower/Early Cretaceous Upper/Late Cretaceous
Berriasian | Valanginian | Hauterivian
Barremian| Aptian | Albian
Cenomanian | Turonian | Coniacian
Santonian |Campanian | Maastrichtian