|Subdivisions of the Carboniferous system in Europe compared with the official ICS-stages.|
The Dinantian is equal to the lower part of the Mississippian series in the international geologic timescale of the ICS. It also correlates with the Avonian, a name proposed by British geologist Arthur Vaughan (1905; p. 264) for certain deposits of the Lower Carboniferous system in the Avon Gorge at Bristol. The Dinantian is named for the Belgian city and province of Dinant where strata of this age occur. The name is still used among European geologists.
- Vaughan, A. (1905) "The Palæntological Sequence in the Carboniferous Limestone of the Bristol Area", Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society, 61 (1-4), p. 181-307 doi:10.1144/GSL.JGS.1905.061.01-04.13
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