Excellent paper* just out by Alex Wheeler reconstructing palaeoclimate and palaeoecology in the Early Cretaceous of Inner Mongolia.
Amazing what studying organics can tell you!!! I was lucky enough to work on this paper with him and co-authors Prof Jian Shen, Dr Marvin Moroeng,and Dr Jingjing Liu.
We did the sampling of this back in November 2019 and it was COLD (-20ºC)!
But worth it.
My son even helped with the sampling and he was a trooper in the cold!
Major highlights of the paper are:
- Abundant fossil charcoal in the Seam #16 shows fire as an important part of palaeomire ecology.
- Ash yields and δ13Corg values indicate that flooding terminated the palaeomire.
- Some pollen was likely derived from upland conifer forests and transported into the mire.
- The absence of angiosperms reflects the harsh, palaeomire conditions.
Check the paper out here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2022.111050
*Wheeler, A., Shen, J., Moore, T.A., Moroeng, O.M., Liu, J., 2022. Palaeoecology and palaeoclimate of an Early Cretaceous peat mire in East Laurasia (Hailar Basin, Inner Mongolia, China). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 599, 24 pp., https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2022.111050.