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Université de Fribourg

Corals on the slope (Aptian, Maestrat Basin, Spain)

Bover-Arnal, Telm ; Löser, Hannes ; Moreno-Bedmar, Josep Anton ; Salas, Ramon ; Strasser, André

In: Cretaceous Research, 2012, p. -

The term “reef” has been frequently misused when applied to fossil coral communities. Our popular but biased view of coral community structure based on the idyllic picture of recent tropical reefs has failed to recognize that, in many fossil examples, alternative states of community structure with no or limited framework may occur. The Aptian colonial scleractinians analysed in the western...