Middle-Late Eocene Nummulites (N. burdigalensis group) from Gebel Hafit, along the United Arab Emirates and Oman borders, Arabian Peninsula

Boukhary, Mohamed ; Hamdan, A. ; Bahr, S. ; Abd El Naby, Ahmed 


A Middle–Late Eocene diagnostic larger foraminiferal assemblage is described and illustrated from carbonates of the uppermost Dammam Formation, on both sides of Gebel Hafit anticline in the Northern Oman Mountains in the United Arab Emirates. The Middle Eocene carbonates yielded Nummulites obesus d’Archiac, 1852, N. ismaili Boukhary, Hamdan&Bahr n. sp., N. papazzonii Boukhary, Hamdan & Bahr n. sp. and N. kenawyi Boukhary, Hamdan & Bahr n. sp. (a species of the N. burdigalensis group). In addition, N. cf. boussaci Rozlozsnik, 1924, N. cf. lorioli De La Harpe, 1879, N. hottingeri Schaub, 1981, N. strougoi Boukhary, Hamdan&Bahr n. sp. (of the N. partschi group), N. ansaryi Boukhary, Hamdan&Bahr n. sp. (of the N. gizehensis group), N. cf. praebullatus Schaub, 1981, N. cizancourti Sander, 1962 (of the group of N. fabianii), N. cf. stamineus Nuttall, 1927 (of the N. discorbinus group), N. maculatus Nuttall, 1926 (of the N. laevigatus group) and Assilina gigantea De La Harpe, 1926 are recorded. On the top of the sequence, an assemblage with N. hottingeri Schaub, 1981, which was assigned by Schaub 1981 to the Biarritzian (¼Bartonian), was found associated with N. ptukhiani, Silvestriella tetraedra (Gu¨mbel, 1870) and Pellatispira madaraszi (Hantken, 1875); these findings suggest that this association should be assigned to the Priabonian stage, confirming for the sampled succession of a Late Eocene age for sediments deposited in an inner-shelf environment, which was possibly related to the eustatic fall of sea level at the end of the Priabonian.

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Issue Date 2013
Journal Historical Biology 
URI http://research.asu.edu.eg/handle/123456789/1272
DOI http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?eid=2-s2.0-84884500872&partnerID=MN8TOARS

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