Plant fossils and lithostratigraphy of the Abo Formation (Lower Permian) in the Socorro area and plant biostratigraphy of Abo red beds in New Mexico
Adrian P. Hunt

Abstract:

Plant megafossils are present and "locally even abundant" in the Abo Formation (Lower Permian) of New Mexico (White, 1936), but the paleoflora has been little collected. Although records of plant remains from the Abo are abundant in the literature (Read in King, 1942; Wilpolt and others, 1946; Kottlowski and others, 1956; Read in Bachman and Hayes, 1958; Kottlowski, 1963; Read and Mamay, 1964; Vaughn, 1969; Cappa, 1975; Ash and Tidwell, 1982; Hatchell and others, 1982; Maulsby, 1982; Myers, 1982; Broadhead and others, 1983) taxonomic, geographic, and stratigraphic data on localities are sparse. Furthermore, there are several inaccuracies in the literature.


The objects of this paper are threefold: (1) to present preliminary data on a new plant locality in the Abo Formation near Canoncito de la Uva, east of Socorro, (2) to draw together scattered lithostratigraphic data on the Abo Formation in the Socorro area and to place the new locality and other reports of plants from the Socorro area within this context, and (3) to place the plants of the Abo Formation, in the Socorro area, in adequate biostratigraphic and paleoecological context.


Citation:

  1. Hunt, Adrian P., 1983, Plant fossils and lithostratigraphy of the Abo Formation (Lower Permian) in the Socorro area and plant biostratigraphy of Abo red beds in New Mexico, in: Socorro region II, Chapin, C. E., New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook, 34th Field Conference, pp. 157-163.

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