ABSTRACT: The distribution of calcareous nannofossil species in the upper part ofGurpi Formation and lower part of Pabdeh Formation has been investigated in theKarta section (northwest of Izeh in Zagros Basin, Iran, Eastern Tethys) to provide a biostratigraphic framework from Maastrichtian to Thanetian interval. In this study, 31 genera and 52 species of calcareous nannofossils have been identified and based on the recognized bioevents and the resulting biozones, the studied interval spans from the top of the nannofossil zone UC19TP to the base of the NP7 zone and covers ~10.8Myr. In this study, the Gurpi Formation spans from the upper UC19TP to NP4 zones, while the lowest part of Pabdeh Formation covers NP5, NP6 and NP7 zones. The studied sequence is continuous and encompasses Cretaceous-Paleogene (K/Pg), Danian/Selandian and Selandian/Thanetian boundaries. The K/Pg boundary is characterized by nannofossil assemblage recognized worldwide, such as the occurrence of Biantholithus, Cruciplacolithus, Braarudosphaera, Praeprinsius, and calcareous blooms of Thoracosphaera spp. Adecrease in the abundance of nannofossils is observed in the upper part of the Maastrichtian to the lower part of the Danian; poor to moderate preservation of nannofossils and low diversified nannofossil assemblages cover most of the studied samples. Here, as a result of species poor to moderate preservation, we observe patterns of stepwise extinctions upward in the top of CC25 zone, that culminate with the last occurrence of eight species, just prior to the base of the UC20bTP. We interpret these patterns to be mainly the result of diagenetic alteration. Our dataset provides a record over a long-lasting interval of stepwise extinctions toward the K/Pg boundary that was likely caused by the diagenetically-enhanced Signor-Lipps effect.