The naming of the Permian System

  title={The naming of the Permian System},
  author={Michael J. Benton and Andrey G. Sennikov},
  journal={Journal of the Geological Society},
The naming of the Permian by Roderick Murchison in 1841 is well known. This is partly because he ‘completed’ the stratigraphic column at the system level, but also because of the exotic aspects of his extended fieldwork in remote parts of Russia and his reputed character. Here, we explore several debated and controversial aspects of this act, benefiting from access to documents and reports from Russian sources. Murchison or Sedgwick could have provided a name for the unnamed lower New Red… 


On the Permian System as developed in Russia and other Parts of Europe
On the part of his associates, M. de Verneuil and Count Keyserling, and himself, Mr. Murchison has previously explained in the Proceedings of the Geol. Soc. the nature of the various deposits which
On the Dyas (Permian) and Trias of Central Europe, and the true Divisional Line of these two Systems
  • A. Irving
  • Geology
    Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London
  • 1884
In bringing this subject before the Society, it is my intention merely to follow up and supplement that treatment of the questions involved which, through the courtesy of the Editor of the Geological
Adam Sedgwick, Roderick Murchison, the Magnesian Limestone (Zechstein) of northeastern England and the foundation of the Permian System
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The type Permian; its classification and correlation
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The Permian chronostratigraphic scale: history, status and prospectus
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XLIII.—On the Physical Structure of Devonshire, and on the Subdivisions and Geological Relations of its older stratified Deposits, &c.
Plates L. to LVIII. PART I. Introduction. In a communication made to the British Association during its meeting at Bristol (1836), we first pointed out (by help of a section extending from the north
Murchison in Sweden: consolidating Lower Silurian stratigraphy in the summer of 1844
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Murchison's first sighting of the Permian, at Vyazniki in 1841
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The Silurian System
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