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The study of the spatial and temporal distribution of fossil organisms, often interpolated with radiometric, geochemical, and paleoenvironmental information as a means of dating rock strata.


the examination of the ages of rock strata by using fossils


(ˌbaɪ oʊ strəˈtɪg rə fi)

a branch of geology dealing with the differentiation of sedimentary rock.
bi`o•strat`i•graph′ic (-ˌstræt ɪˈgræf ɪk) adj.
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Efforts to extend the biostratigraphic and geographic range of research on the microvertebrates from nodule-rich conglomerates in the Miocene of the Gulf Coast also include work in Louisiana on members underlying the productive Castor Creek Member of the Fleming Formation (Hinds 1998).
The biostratigraphic investigations revealed abundant planktonic foraminiferal species of Globotruncana, Heterohelix and Globotruncanita.
Some Siluro-Devonian biostratigraphic works have been conducted since the 1970s in the Yulin area.
For such purpose previous detailed biostratigraphic background supported by the recorded ammonites (Henriques, 1992, 1995), as well as sedimentological data allowing the interpretation of the location of the studied sections within the basin (Azeredo et al., 2003; Azeredo, 2007) were taken into account.
It is notable that the early authors also regarded the formation as Late Silurian based on biostratigraphic correlations with European faunas (Bastin and Williams 1914).
The fossils have been identified, and their biostratigraphic and paleoecologic significance has been evaluated.
As additional large taxa are recovered from Fort Polk, the biostratigraphic importance of the prosynthetocerine may weigh less heavily, and the Louisiana sites be linked more closely to the Burkeville Local Fauna.
The biostratigraphic biozones identified in the Kawagarh Formation in Khwari Khwar Section are Dicarinella asymetrica, Globotruncanita elevata and Globotruncana ventricosa biozones while in Khanpur Dam Section are Dicarinella asymetrica, Globotruncana ventricosa and Globotruncanita calcarata biozones.
Some biostratigraphic observations based on the Upper Siwalik mammalian faunas of the Siwalik Group of India and Nepal.