ABSTRACT: In this study, an Upper Cretaceous sedimentary sequence in the Anaran Anticline (located in the central Zagros) is investigated to assess planktonic foraminiferal biozonations and implications for sea level changes. The thickness of this sequence is about 215 m, characterized by shales and limestones with thin marly limestone intercalations. In total, 51 species and 22 genera of planktonic foraminifera in 12 biozones spanning the middle Campanian to late Danian ages were delineated in the studied sequence. Additionally, planktonic foraminiferal morphological models, species abundance percentages, and the planktonic/benthonic foraminiferal ratio (P/B) ratios were assessed to reconstruct changes in sea level. The statistical studies on the different genera and species and the P/B ratio from the base to the top of the sequence indicate sea level transgressions during the middle Campanian and Maastrichtian in the Contusotruncana plummerae Interval Zone, Radotruncana calcarata Total Range Zone, Globotruncanella havanensis Partial Range Zone, Globotruncana aegyptiaca Interval Zone, Contusotruncana contusa Interval Zone, and part of the Abathomphalus mayaroensis Interval Zone.Moreover, species belonging to the deep-water morphotype (G. arca, G. hilli, G. linneiana, and G. ventricosa) are mostly present. Furthermore, two intervals of this sequence are associated with falling sea levels: 1) at the Campanian/Maastrichtian boundary in the middle of the Gansserina gansseri biozone; 2) from the late Maastrichtian close to the Cretaceous/Paleogene boundary with marly lithology.


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