Scientia Marina, Vol 63, No S1 (1999)

Holocene molluscan assemblages in the Magellan region


https://doi.org/10.3989/scimar.1999.63s115

Sandra Gordillo
Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicas (CADIC, CONICET) - Cátedra de Estratigrafía y Geología Histórica, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina

Abstract


In the Magellan region, much of the shoreline of the Beagle Channel coast (54°53´S; 67° - 68°W) is bordered by Holocene raised beaches, which contain a large number of molluscs and other shelled taxa. The purpose of this work is to document the presence of various molluscan assemblages deposited with little or no postmortem transportation. An epifaunal Chlamys patagonica palaeocommunity (ca. 8,000 - 7,000 BP) and three infaunal (Tawera gayi, Ameghinomya antiqua - Hiatella solida and Ameghinomya antiqua - Ensis macha) palaeocommunities (ca. 4,400 - 4,000 BP) were recognized. All the assemblages studied represent shallow, subtidal, cold-temperate environments. Based on comparisons with modern benthic communities in this region, these associations show that no remarkable ecologic and climatic changes occurred during the period ca. 8,000 - 4,000 BP. Thus, an apparent stability of modern marine communities over a period of several thousand years is suggested.

Keywords


Holocene; molluscan assemblages; Magellan region

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