Campanian Stage

      fifth of six main divisions (in ascending order) in the Upper Cretaceous Series, representing rocks deposited worldwide during the Campanian Age, which occurred 83.5 to 70.6 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period. Rocks of the Campanian Stage overlie those of the Santonian Stage and underlie rocks of the Maastrichtian Stage.

      The name for this stage is derived from a hillside called La Grande Champagne at Aubeterre-sur-Dronne in northern France. Chalk deposits dominate the Maastrichtian record in much of northern Continental Europe and in Great Britain, where it is represented by the Upper Chalk. Several biozones (biozone) representing shorter spans of time within the Campanian are characterized by ammonites (ammonoid) of the genus Baculites, which are used as index fossils (index fossil).

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