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System Series Stage Age (Ma)
Paleogene Paleocene Danian younger
Cretaceous Upper Maastrichtian 65.5–70.6
Campanian 70.6–83.5
Santonian 83.5–85.8
Coniacian 85.8–89.3
Turonian 89.3–93.5
Cenomanian 93.5–99.6
Lower Albian 99.6–112.0
Aptian 112.0–125.0
Barremian 125.0–130.0
Hauterivian 130.0–136.4
Valanginian 136.4–140.2
Berriasian 140.2–145.5
Jurassic Upper Tithonian older
Subdivision of the Cretaceous system according to the IUGS, as of July 2009.

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 definitionsEdit

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:

PalaeontologyEdit

Aves (birds)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

OrnithopodsEdit

Ornithopods of the Hauterivian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images
Asia, Europe, North America Worldwide distributed, type genus of the Iguanodontia. 10 meters long
Isle of Wight, England; Niger, Africa A dryosaurid

Mammalia (mammals)Edit

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

PlesiosaursEdit

Plesiosaurs of the Hauterivian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images

PterosauriaEdit

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

SauropodsEdit

Sauropods of the Hauterivian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images

TheropodsEdit

theropods of the Hauterivian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images
Valanginian to Hauterivian Thailand
Hauterivian to Barremian Shinekhudug Formation, Eastern Gobi province, Mongolia

AmmonitesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

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


LiteratureEdit

  • Gradstein, F.M.; Ogg, J.G. & Smith, A.G.; (2004): A Geologic Time Scale 2004, Cambridge University Press.

External linksEdit

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

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