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- n. A stratigraphic section used to establish a reference point on a geologic time scale.
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There is also an unusually complete palaeotological sequence which has been proposed as the world stratotype for the Cambrian-Ordovician boundary.
The Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary stratotype section at El Kef, Tunisia: How catastrophic was the mass extinction?
Yet this is NOT the case at the K/T stratotype (GSSP) in Tunisia, where the first occurrence of Paleocene foraminifers is 5-20 cm (depending on who is cited), probably thousands of years above the K/T boundary.