The Hauterivian is, in the geologic timescale, an age in the Early Cretaceous Epoch or a stage in the Lower Cretaceous Series. It spans the time between 132.9 ± 2 Ma and 129.4 ± 1.5 Ma (million years ago). The Hauterivian is preceded by the Valanginian and succeeded by the Barremian.[3]

~132.6 – ~129.4 Ma
Name formalityFormal
Usage information
Celestial bodyEarth
Regional usageGlobal (ICS)
Time scale(s) usedICS Time Scale
Chronological unitAge
Stratigraphic unitStage
Time span formalityFormal
Lower boundary definitionFAD of the Ammonite genus Acanthodiscus
Lower boundary GSSPLa Charce, Drôme, France
44°28′10″N 5°26′37″E / 44.4694°N 5.4437°E / 44.4694; 5.4437
GSSP ratifiedDecember 2019[2]
Upper boundary definitionNot formally defined
Upper boundary definition candidatesFAD of the Spitidiscus hugii-Spitidiscus vandeckii Ammonite group
Upper boundary GSSP candidate section(s)Río Argos, Caravaca de la Cruz, Murcia Province, Spain

Stratigraphic definitionsEdit

The Hauterivian was introduced in scientific literature by Swiss geologist Eugène Renevier in 1873. It is named after the Swiss town of Hauterive at the shore of Lake Neuchâtel.

The base of the Hauterivian is defined as the place in the stratigraphic column where the ammonite genus Acanthodiscus first appears. A reference profile for the base (a GSSP) was officially ratified by the International Union of Geological Sciences in December of 2019, and is placed in La Charce, France.[2] The top of the Hauterivian (the base of the Barremian) is at the first appearance of ammonite species Spitidiscus hugii.

In the ammonite biostratigraphy of the Tethys domain, the Hauterivian contains seven ammonite biozones:



  1. ^ International Commission on Stratigraphy. "ICS - Chart/Time Scale".
  2. ^ a b Mutterlose, Jörg; Rawson, Peter; Reboulet, Stéphane; Baudin, François; Bulot, Luc; Emmanuel, Laurent; Gardin, Silvia; Martinez, Mathieu; Renard, Maurice (September 2020). "The Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) for the base of the Hauterivian Stage (Lower Cretaceous), La Charce, southeast France". Episodes. doi:10.18814/epiiugs/2020/020072. Retrieved 24 December 2020.
  3. ^ See Gradstein et al. (2004) for a detailed geologic timescale


  • Gradstein, F.M.; Ogg, J.G. & Smith, A.G.; (2004): A Geologic Time Scale 2004, Cambridge University Press.

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