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An international team of over 40 stratigraphic experts have helped to build the most up-to-date international stratigraphic framework for the Precambrian and Phanerozoic.
Part I. Introduction: 1. Introduction F. M. Gradstein; 2. Chronostratigraphy - linking time and rock F. M. Gradstein, J. G. Ogg and A. G. Smith; Part II. Concepts and Methods: 3. Biostratigraphy F. M. Gradstein, R. A. Cooper and P. M. Sadler; 4. Earth s orbital parameters and cycle stratigraphy L. A. Hinnov; 5. The geomagnetic polarity time scale J. G. Ogg and A. G. Smith; 6. Radiogenic isotope geochronology M. Villeneuve; 7. Stable isotopes J. M. McArthur and R. J. Howarth; 8. Geomathematics F. P. Agterberg; Part III. Geologic Periods: 9. The Precambrian: the Archaen and Proterozoic eons L. J. Robb, A. H. Knoll, K. A. Plumb, G. A. Shields, H. Strauss and J. Veizer; 10. Toward a 'natural' Precambrian time scale W. Bleeker; 11. The Cambrian period J. H. Shergold and R. A. Cooper; 12. The Ordovician period R. A. Cooper and P. M. Sadler; 13. The Silurian period M. J. Melchin, R. A. Cooper and P. M. Sadler; 14. The Devonian period M. R. House and F. M. Gradstein; 15. The Carboniferous period V. Davydov, B. R. Wardlaw and F. M. Gradstein; 16. The Permian period B. R. Wardlaw, V. Davydov and F. M. Gradstein; 17. The Triassic period J. G. Ogg; 18. The Jurassic period J. G. Ogg; 19. The Cretaceous Period J. G. Ogg, F. P. Agterberg and F. M. Gradstein; 20. The Paleogene period H. P. Luterbacher, J. R. Ali, H. Brinkhuis, F. M. Gradstein, J. J. Hooker, S. Monechi, J. G. Ogg, J. Powell, U. R A. Sanfilippo, and B. Schmitz; 21. The Neogene period L. Lourens, F. Hilgen, N. J. Shackleton, J. Laskar and D. Wilson; 22. The Pleistocene and Holocene epochs P. Gibbard and T. van Kolfschoten; Part IV. Summary: 23. Construction and summary of the geologic time scale F. M.. Gradstein, J. G. Ogg and A. G. Smith; Appendices; Bibliography; Stratigraphic index; General index.
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