The Tyrrhenian Stage is the last faunal stage of the Pleistocene in Italy. It runs from 0.26 million (260,000) to 0.01143 million (11,430) years ago. It overlaps with the end of the Middle Pleistocene and all of the Late Pleistocene. The time period of the Tyrrhenian Stage is the same as that of the Senegalese fauna assemblage.
History of the definition
The Tyrrhenian Stage was first defined in 1914 by Arturo Issel to describe the stratigraphic section containing Strombus fossils originally investigated by Gignoux. Strombus bubonius was the leading fossil.
- GeoWhen Database: Tyrrhenian European Stage
- Hearty, P.J. and Pra, G. Dai (2003) "Comment on: "The age of Late Pleistocene shorelines and tectonic activity of Taranto area, southern Italy" by G. Bellouomini, M. Caldara, C. Casini, M. Cerasoli, L. Manfra, G. Mastrronuzzi, G. Palmentola, P. Sanso, P. Tuccimei, and P.L. Vesica" Quaternary Science Reviews 22: pp. 2363-2367;
- Issel, Arturo (1914) "Lembi fossilferi quaternari e recenti nella Sardegna meridionale. Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei 5(23): pp. 759-770;
- Gignoux, M. (1913) "Les formations marines pliocenes et Quaternaires de l'Italie du sud et de la Sicilie" Annals de l'Universite de Lyon n.s. 36.
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