Paleogene quartz sandstones of the Sosnovka Formation of the Uljanovsk-Syzran Volga region (Eastern Russian Platform): Mineral composition and origin

The Paleogene quartz sandstones of the Sosnovka formation are widely occurred in the Uljanovsk-Syzran Volga region and are used as valuable building materials. The article comprises an improvement for the continental origin of the Sosnovka sandstones based on the results of a comprehensive study of the features of the mineral composition and microstructure of quartz sandstones of the Sosnovka formation obtained by using petrographic, XRD and electron-microscopic analyses.

Representatives of the subfamily Cheloniceratinae Spath, 1923 (Ammonoidea)from the Aptian of Mangyshlak, Western and Southern Turkmenistan. Paper 2. The Genus Epicheloniceras Casey, 1954

The representatives ofthe genusEpicheloniceras Casey, 1954fromthe Middle Aptian of Mangyshlak, Western and Southern Turkmenistan are described.

The biogenic component of the Middle Turonian phosphorite horizon from the Senomanskaya Stenka section. Paper 1. Materials and paleoecological analysis

The paper analyzes the taxonomic composition and the habitat of the representatives of the Middle – Late Cenomanian and the Middle Turonian marine biota. The examined fossils have been isolated from the bulk sample obtained from the phosphorite horizon lying in the bottom of the Middle Turonian carbonate rocks in the Senomanskaya Stenka section (Volgograd Region, Zhirnovsk district). 

On the question of the geological nature of the crystalline basement inhomogeneities of the East European Platform

Based on the analysis of gravitational and magnetic anomalies of the eastern part of the East European Platform, it is concluded that inhomogeneities caused by serpentinization processes are present in the Earth’s crust. This conclusion is confirmed by conducting geological and geophysical studies on reference objects with serpentinite outcrops.

Multi-feature petrophysical classification of rocks as a basis for interpretation of geophysical data

The work is carried out approbation of the algorithm for the complex interpretation of geophysical data using data classification algorithm. Distributions by class are obtained and compared with petrophysical materials from published sources. This data is compared and geological composition of the studied area is obtained. The applicability of this approach for the integrated interpretation of geophysical data is shown, including low-level studied areas with a complex geological structure.

Representatives of the Subfamily Cheloniceratinae Spath, 1923 (Ammonoidea)from the Aptian of Mangyshlak, Western and Southern Turkmenistan. Paper 1. General Issues. The Genus Cheloniceras Hyatt, 1900

The article presents the study results of the ammonite subfamily Cheloniceratinae Spath, 1923 representatives (genera Cheloniceras Hyatt, 1900 and Epicheloniceras Casey, 1954) fromthe Lower and Middle Aptian of Mangyshlak, Western and Southern Turkmenistan. The diversity and stratigraphic distribution of species is assessed, intraspecific variability is identified and typified. Representatives of the genus Cheloniceras are described.

Deep meridional structures of the East-European platform

Using a complex of remote and surface geophysical methods in the eastern part of the East European Platform, regional meridional heterogeneities were revealed; it is shown that these heterogeneities can be caused by low-density and magnetically active rocks in the crystalline crust and mantle. The totality of geological and geophysical data indicates the relationship of meridional heterogeneities with transcontinental deep faults.

New data on the Late Permian actinopterygian fish Toyemia Minich, a zonal genus of the Permian biostratigraphic scheme based on ichthyofauna from the Eastern Europe

The structure of the actinopterygian fish genus and speciesToyemia tverdochlebovi Minich has been completed for the first time using a previously unknown complete skeleton and skeletal fragments from Late Permian localities of Eastern Europe. The structure of a head which so far remained unknown in the genus is described. The dorsal fin location far from the head near the caudal region was confirmed as expressed earlier by the taxon’s author.

A new locality of chondrichthyan fishes from the Upper Paleocene on the right bank of the Don river (Volgograd region)

An assemblage of chondrichthyans is described from the new locality near Serafimovich town (the western part of Volgograd region). More than 2500 fossils were collected from the basal gravel-pebble bed and phosphorite-bearing layer from the lower part of the Buzinovka formation (upper Paleocene). There are reworked Cretaceous and Paleocene chondrichthyans (6 species) and synchronous 21 species of sharks and 2 species of chimaeroids.

Nannopterygius finds in the West Kazakhstan region of the Republic of Kazakhstan

This article describes the skeletal fragments of new species of ichthyosaurus Nannopterygius mikhailovi sp. nov. and Nannopterygius yakimenkae sp. nov. from the Upper Volga sublayer of the Upper Jurassic of the West Kazakhstan region of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Shchuchkino section). The species are assigned to the genus Nannopterygius.