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The Souss lagerstätte of the Anti‑Atlas, Morocco: Featuring the first Cambrian fossil Lagerstätte known from Africa.

Geyer, Gerd, Landing, Ed, Pais, Miguel Caldeira, Youbi, Nasrrddine & Boumedhi, Moulay Ahmed (2020). The Tazemmourt Section: Featuring the first Cambrian fossil Lagerstätte known from Africa. Actes de la session plénière de la Academie Hasssan II des Sciences e Techniaues du Royaume du Maroc, Année 2020. Rabat, Fevrier 2020. Pages 397-403.
The Tazemmourt section is composed of lower Cambrian strata with a total thickness of ca. 350 m. It includes rocks of the Igoudine and Amouslek formations. The section is fairly well studied but is particularly famous for its superbly preserved trilobites (extinct marine arthropods with dorsal skeletons mineralized by calcium carbonate). These trilobites are offered for sale on the global fossil market and find their way into numerous international museum collections. Many trilobite species were described from the Tazemmourt section for the first time and have their type localities here. In addition, the vertical sequence of fossils seen in the section is the basis for the biostratigraphical subdivision in the Atlas Ranges. This fossil-based zonation is part of the most important relative time subdivisions of the Cambrian Period in the West Gondwana paleocontinent and globally. Recent work has revealed that several horizons in the Daguinaspis Zone (based on trilobite fossils) of the Amouslek Formation yield animal remains with well preserved, internal soft parts. These occurrences were termed the Souss Lagerstätte, and this is the first Cambrian fossil Lagerstätte known from Africa.

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