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Welcome to the home page for Cretaceous Tethyan Stratigraphy. This site was launched at the very end of 1999 and it has been more or less regularly updated since then. The best way to explore it these days is to take a look at What's new! and from there to use links to navigate throughout the available pages.

The broad objective is to build up a detailed knowledge of the Cretaceous stratigraphy in the Tethyan realm. The approach will be systematic through the integration of basin reference sections (stratotypes), basin or platform control sections, biostratigraphic data, and sequence stratigraphy (plus any information which should support correlations).

We hope you will enjoy the visit. Your suggestions and comments are welcome in our Guestbook [ that you can either Sign! or View!  ].

What's new!


The following is a list of recent additions to our web. Whenever we add anything, we shall put a notice here. The most recent changes are listed first, and each item is linked to the page with the updated content.

February 14, 2003

  • The site moved from Angelfire to Wanadoo! Upgrades should follow pretty soon.

January 4, 2003

  • We launched the latest version, including few updated pages.

Year 2002


April 2002

  • We uploaded a new version.

Year 2001


September 2001

  • Launched the Forum Nº 4. What is a Forum? Any dictionary defines it is a « place where important issues can be discussed ». Hence you will be most welcome to visit that page and debate with us about the Cenomanian stratigraphy. Based on a paper dealing with Crimean outcrops, this forum was launched by L. Kopaevich.

  • The site is renamed (consequently "Early" was removed!).

March 2001

  • Launched the Forum Nº 3. This page deals with the Lower Cretaceous stratigraphy of the Middle East. This forum was launched by B. Granier.

January 2001

Year 2000


October 2000

  • 5 new links have been added.

June 2000

  • Loaded 2 pages dealing with new stratigraphic syntheses of Aptian and Albian series from the SE of France. These pages were brought to us by G. Friès, O. Parize, and J.-L. Rubino.

May 2000

  • Loaded a new and updated version for the site.

  • Launched the Forum Nº 2. This page deals with Aptian « bentonites », that is altered volcanic ash, and Aptian and Albian stratigraphic issues. This forum was launched by G. Friès,  with some assistance from Bruno Ferré.

  • Loaded a new and updated version for the site.

  • Amongst the forthcoming papers, we can mention the one by O. Parize, N. Fiet, and J.-L. Latil dealing with the Col de Palluel section (Moydans, near Rosans, Hautes-Alpes, SE France) which is nearing completion. This section is certainly the most continuous and thickest series of Upper Albian rocks in the SE France Basin. Numerous ammonites, characteristic of the Dispar Zone, were found there about 75 m below their lowest stratigraphic position acknowledged until now, in the Foraminifer Subticinensis Zone. This finding modifies considerably the stratigraphic and regional sedimentological framework as well as comparative biozonations between planktonic foraminifera and ammonites.

  • Link to a new site dealing with Middle East Stratigraphy. A paper dealing with « A re-appraisal of the Lower Cretaceous stratigraphy of Abu Dhabi and the United Arab Emirates » is scheduled for the next ADIPEC (Abu Dhabi, October 15-18, 2000).

April 2000

March 2000

February 2000

January 2000

  • Launched the catalogue of the Early Cretaceous calcareous Algae

  • Modified the main Hauterivian page

  • Updated the List of Contributors

Year 1999


December 1999

  • Loaded Angles stratotypic section for the Barremian, La Bédoule stratotypic section for the Bedoulian, and Vergons hypostratotypic section for the Hauterivian

  • Loaded and updated the Photo Album (I): Dasycladales

  • Loaded the Home Page and a first List of Contributors

  • Launching of the Early Cretaceous Tethyan Stratigraphy on the W W W