Pliocene and Late Pleistocene actinopterygian fishes from Santa Maria Island, Azores (NE Atlantic Ocean): palaeoecological and palaeobiogeographical implications

  title={Pliocene and Late Pleistocene actinopterygian fishes from Santa Maria Island, Azores (NE Atlantic Ocean): palaeoecological and palaeobiogeographical implications},
  author={S. {\'A}vila and J. M. Azevedo and Patr{\'i}cia Madeira and R. Cordeiro and C. Melo and L. Baptista and Paulo Torres and Markes E. Johnson and R. Vullo},
  journal={Geological Magazine},
  pages={1526 - 1542}
Abstract Fossil fishes are among the rarest in volcanic oceanic islands, their presence providing invaluable data for the understanding of more general (palaeo)biogeographical patterns and processes. Santa Maria Island (Azores Archipelago) is renowned for its palaeontological heritage, with representatives of several phyla, including the Chordata. We report on the fossil fishes, resulting in an increase in the number of Pliocene fishes from the Azores to 11 taxa: seven Chondrichthyes and at… Expand
Diverse bioerosion structures in lower Pliocene deposits from a volcanic oceanic island: Baía de Nossa Senhora section, Santa Maria Island, Azores (central North Atlantic)
Abstract Pliocene body fossils from Santa Maria Island, Azores, have been studied for decades, but only more recently have ichnofossils received their due attention. Calcareous Pliocene deposits fromExpand
Evolutionary origin of the Atlantic Cape Verde nibbler (Girella stuebeli), a member of a primarily Pacific Ocean family of antitropical herbivorous reef fishes.
The geological history and oceanography of the regions combined with molecular data presented here, suggest that the eastern route of invasion (via the Indian Ocean and Southern Africa) is a more likely scenario. Expand
Comparison of Modern and Pleistocene (MIS 5e) Coastal Boulder Deposits from Santa Maria Island (Azores Archipelago, NE Atlantic Ocean)
Modern and palaeo-shores from Pleistocene Marine Isotope Substage 5e (MIS 5e) featuring prominent cobble/boulder deposits from three locations, on the southern and eastern coast of Santa Maria IslandExpand


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Palaeoecology of the Pleistocene (MIS 5.5) outcrops of Santa Maria Island (Azores) in a complex oceanic tectonic setting
Abstract Santa Maria is the oldest island of the Azores archipelago and the only one that possesses late-Miocene early-Pliocene and Pleistocene fossils. Two Pleistocene outcrops Lagoinhas andExpand
Persististrombus coronatus (Mollusca: Strombidae) in the lower Pliocene of Santa Maria Island (Azores, NE Atlantic): Paleoecology, paleoclimatology and paleobiogeographic implications
Abstract The family Strombidae is one of the twenty-three families and subfamilies of gastropods associated with tropical environmental conditions, and therefore useful as a biogeographical andExpand
A review of the MIS 5e highstand deposits from Santa Maria Island (Azores, NE Atlantic): Palaeobiodiversity, palaeoecology and palaeobiogeography
Abstract The privileged location of Santa Maria Island (Azores archipelago) in the middle of the North Atlantic makes the fossiliferous outcrops on this island of utmost importance to gain a betterExpand
Miocene to Pleistocene transatlantic dispersal of Ceratoconcha coral-dwelling barnacles and North Atlantic island biogeography
Coral-dwelling pyrgomatid barnacles (subfamily Ceratoconchinae) were widely dispersed throughout the Paratethys and Mediterranean seas as well as the Atlantic Ocean during the Neogene, but today areExpand
The Marine Fossil Record at Santa Maria Island (Azores)
Santa Maria is the oldest island of the Azores Archipelago and is remarkably rich in exposed marine fossiliferous sediments and submarine volcanic sequences. This chapter summarises the geologicalExpand
The fossil echinoids of Santa Maria Island, Azores (Northern Atlantic Ocean)
In the relatively young archipelago of the Azores, fossiliferous deposits are restricted to the oldest island (Santa Maria), mainly from late Miocene–early Pliocene deposits, and a few from theExpand
Fossil Mysticeti from the Pleistocene of Santa Maria Island, Azores (Northeast Atlantic Ocean), and the prevalence of fossil cetaceans on oceanic islands
Fossil remains of Cetacea are known globally from nearshore marine sediments along continental coastlines, but they are poorly known from volcanic oceanic island archipelagos. Here we reportExpand
Mass extinctions in the Azores during the last glaciation: fact or myth
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