Arthropleura trackway (Diplichnites cuithensis) from the Carboniferous, Serpukhovian, Limestone Coal Formation, Clackmannan Group, Linn Park, Glasgow

James O. Buckman, Simon J. Cuthbert, Paul G. Polson

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Abstract

The Arthropleurid trackway Diplichnites cuithensis has previously been described from Scotland from the Upper Carboniferous Serpukhovikan Limestone Coal Formation on the Isle of Arran, and the Lower Carboniferous Visean Pittenweem and Anstruther Formations on the East Fife coast. Here we describe a new west coast single trackway from the Serpukhovikan Limestone Coal Formation of Glasgow's, Linn Park. The trackway occurs associated with simple horizontal burrows assignable to Planolites? , vertical openings of Arenicolites, examples of Taenidium barretti (formerly Beaconites barretti ), and irregular large scale bioturbation or possibly rootlet casts. The trace fossils and sedimentary structures (including trough cross-bedding and flaser bedding) indicate a fluvial sandbar or plain environment, possibly of estuarine origin, locally colonized by plants. Diplichnites cuithensis (and other Diplichnites species) commonly occur associated with the burrow Taenidium barretti . The latter is known to have been widespread globally throughout the Carboniferous, and is a common component of fluviatile sequences within the Lower Carboniferous succession of NW Ireland. This suggests that previously undocumented older Scottish Carboniferous examples of both Diplichnites ichnospecies and Taenidium barretti may also be present, assuming that suitable environments persisted and are currently adequately exposed.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbersjg2021-019
JournalScottish Journal of Geology
Volume60
Issue number1
Early online date15 Dec 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Dec 2023

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