A post-extinction calcimicrobial cap rock occurs above the giant Permian skeletal carbonate platform exposed in the western Taurus Mountains (southern Turkey). It was formed during the main step of a very rapid and large-scale platform flooding (Earliest Triassic) and has been found also in other Tethyan localities. This calcimicrobial cap rock, 20 to 40 m thick, consists of thrombolitic and stromatolitic build-ups at the base and most oolitic grainstone in the upper part. It was terminated by a sudden input of fine terrigenous sediments. The domal, columnar and conical stromatolites are ‘anachronistic’ deposits as are the abundant botryoidal and fanning aragonite crystal pseudomorphs. This again shows the uniqueness of the Earliest Triassic period and indicates a delayed biotic recovery.
Permian, Triassic, Taurus, microbialites, Thrombolites, Stromatolites, anachronistic