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Faunal evidence of a holocene pluvial phase in southern Arabia with remarks on the morphological variability of Helenina anderseni

Gennari, Giordana ; Rosenberg, Thomas ; Spezzaferri, Silvia ; Berger, Jean-Pierre ; Fleitmann, Dominik ; Preusser, Frank ; Al-Shanti, Mahmoud ; Matter, Albert

In: The Journal of Foraminiferal Research, 2011, vol. 41, no. 3, p. 248-259

Although foraminifera have been found living in inland saline lakes isolated from the sea, this phenomenon has rarely been recognized in the fossil record. This study documents the occurrence of benthic foraminifera in Holocene lake sediments located nearly 500 km inland from the Red Sea, in the Al-Mundafan region of southern Saudi Arabia. The lake formed during a regional pluvial period,...