Articles | Volume 11, issue 9
Clim. Past, 11, 1181–1195, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-11-1181-2015

Special issue: Climatic and biotic events of the Paleogene

Clim. Past, 11, 1181–1195, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-11-1181-2015

Research article 23 Sep 2015

Research article | 23 Sep 2015

Astronomical calibration of the geological timescale: closing the middle Eocene gap

T. Westerhold et al.

Download

Interactive discussion

Status: closed
Status: closed
AC: Author comment | RC: Referee comment | SC: Short comment | EC: Editor comment
Printer-friendly Version - Printer-friendly version Supplement - Supplement

Peer-review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (18 Jul 2015) by Gerald Dickens
AR by Thomas Westerhold on behalf of the Authors (26 Aug 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by Editor) (28 Aug 2015) by Gerald Dickens
AR by Thomas Westerhold on behalf of the Authors (04 Sep 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (07 Sep 2015) by Gerald Dickens
Download
Short summary
Testing hypotheses for mechanisms and dynamics of past climate change relies on the accuracy of geological dating. Development of a highly accurate geological timescale for the Cenozoic Era has previously been hampered by discrepancies between radioisotopic and astronomical dating methods, as well as a stratigraphic gap in the middle Eocene. We close this gap and provide a fundamental advance in establishing a reliable and highly accurate geological timescale for the last 66 million years.