An aminostratigraphy for the Quaternary of the Swiss Plateau

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Kirsty Penkman , Nigel Thew, Samantha Presslee, Sheila Taylor, Eleanor Nelson, Daniel Kalin, Marius Buchi, Gaudenz Deplazes


Here we develop an amino acid chronology to help establish a dated sequence for the important Early Pleistocene Höhere and Tiefere Deckenschotter lithostratigraphic units, as well as other Quaternary deposits from the Swiss Plateau. Age discrimination is possible between the Quaternary sites from the Swiss Plateau in six different biominerals: Bithynia opercula, shell fragments from Fruticola, Arianta and Cepaea, slug plates and worm granules. This chronology is compared with new and existing dating information derived from palaeomagnetic data, pollen, lithostratigraphy and numerical dating methods (such as optically stimulated luminescence; OSL), as well as biostratigraphic data derived from a study of Early to Late Pleistocene molluscan faunas from the Swiss Plateau. In general, the stratigraphy has been validated, with some new chronological insights at some of the few sites.



Analytical Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Geochemistry, Other Earth Sciences, Stratigraphy


Swiss Plateau; Quaternary; Early, Middle and Late Pleistocene; geochronology; aminostratigraphy; amino acid racemisation (AAR); intra-crystalline protein decomposition (IcPD); molluscs; molluscan biostratigraphy, Swiss Plateau, Quaternary, Pleistocene, Geochronology, aminostratigraphy, amino acid racemisation (AAR), intra-crystalline protein decomposition (IcPD), molluscs


Published: 2024-02-09 00:35

Last Updated: 2024-02-09 08:35


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All amino acid data from this study will be made available through the NOAA repository upon final publication: