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The early Toarcian (Early Jurassic) mass extinction event in the eastern Tethys: integrating palaeontological and geochemical data from Bulgaria



Important description
The Early Jurassic mass extinction was the most severe crisis of the Jurassic-Cretaceous interval, with generic percent extinction rates around 20% at this time. The event is best known from the marine record with ammonites, bivalves and foraminifera suffering notable losses. In the northern Europe the extinction coincides with the development of black shales that are thought to be the local development of an oceanic anoxic event. This in turn has been linked to the contemporaneous eruption of the vast Karoo-Ferrar flood basalt province in the southern hemisphere that is thought to have triggered a dramatic global warming event. However, the anoxia-extinction link is only well established in northern Europe. The project will examine the Early Jurassic fossil record of the eastern Tethyan area, and document extinction losses and associated environmental changes within a high-resolution time framework. This will be achieved by linking existing local and regional geochemical datasets (e.g. strontium, carbon and oxygen isotopes) with new fossil range data (principally brachiopods and molluscs) from the Bulgarian Balkan Mountains, north of Sofia.


Eligibility and other criteria
(European/UK Students Only)
This research project has funding attached. Funding for this project is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full department and project details for further information.


Application deadline
* 15 February 2013


Additional information, and important URL
Project in competition for the School's NERC Doctoral Training Awards, which are generally awarded to the best candidates following interviews. If you would like to be considered for one of these awards, you should select and rank up to 3 projects from the list below, submit a formal application, and supply all supporting documents before the closing date listed above. You may wish to check whether you are eligible for one of these quota awards.


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