Microfossils from the lower Mesoproterozoic Kaltasy Formation, East European Platform
Sergeev et al
Basinal shales of the lower Mesoproterozoic Kaltasy Formation, sampled from three boreholes drilled into the southeastern East European Platform, Russia, contain abundant and moderately well preserved microfossils. 34 distinct entities have been identified, most assigned to simple sphaeromorphic or small filamentous taxa found widely and characterized by long stratigraphic ranges. Ornamented microfossils found in coastal successions of other lower Mesoproterozoic basins are absent, but large filamentous microfossils interpreted as possible benthic photosynthetic eukaryotes are recorded, drawing comparisons to relatively deep water shales in Siberia. In overall aspect, the Kaltasy microfossils are consistent with other broadly coeval assemblages, but they highlight the importance of environment, as well as age, in determining the distributions of remains that record the early diversification of marine eukaryotes. Rectia magna is described as a new species.