The Barremian is an age in the geologic timescale (or a chronostratigraphic stage) between 129.4 ± 1.5 Ma (million years ago) and 125.0 ± 1.0 Ma). It is a subdivision of the Early Cretaceous epoch (or Lower Cretaceous series). It is preceded by the Hauterivian and followed by the Aptian stage.[2]

Age (Ma)
Paleogene Paleocene Danian younger
Cretaceous Upper/
Maastrichtian 66.0 72.1
Campanian 72.1 83.6
Santonian 83.6 86.3
Coniacian 86.3 89.8
Turonian 89.8 93.9
Cenomanian 93.9 100.5
Albian 100.5 ~113.0
Aptian ~113.0 ~125.0
Barremian ~125.0 ~129.4
Hauterivian ~129.4 ~132.9
Valanginian ~132.9 ~139.8
Berriasian ~139.8 ~145.0
Jurassic Upper/
Tithonian older
Subdivision of the Cretaceous system
according to the ICS, as of 2017.[1]

Stratigraphic definitions

Barremian sedimentary rock layers, France

The original type locality for the Barremian stage is in the vicinity of the village of Barrême, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, France. Henri Coquand defined the stage and named it in 1873.

The base of the Barremian is determined by the first appearance of the ammonites Spitidiscus hugii and Spitidiscus vandeckii. The end of the Barremian is determined by the geomagnetic reversal at the start of the M0r chronozone, which is biologically near the first appearance of the ammonite Paradeshayesites oglanlensis.

Regional equivalents

The Barremian falls in the Gallic epoch, a subdivision of the Cretaceous that is no longer used by the ICS. It overlaps the lower part of the Urgonian stage, which is sometimes used in western European stratigraphy. In North America, the late Coahulian and the early Comanchean correspond to the Barremian. In New Zealand, it falls within the Mokoiwian, and in Japan it corresponds to the late Aritan.[2]


The Barremian is often subdivided into two substages or subages, Lower/Early and Upper/Late Barremian.

In the Tethys domain, the Barremian stage contains eleven ammonite biozones:


Much knowledge about the Barremian fauna—especially regarding birds, mammals and pterosaurs—derived from the famous Yixian Formation of China, part of which dates from this stage.



Annuloceras summersi


Neocoleoids of the Barremian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images







Cameroceras trentonese
An illustration of a variety of fossil nautiloids.


  • Hexanchidae: Notidanodon lanceolatus, Notorynchus aptiensis


Dinosaurs (including birds)


Dollodon bampingi Steveoc86
Jinzhousaurus yangi
Psittacosaurus sibiricus whole BW



Baryonyx BW
Changchengornis 550 CER
F. utahensis reconstruction (flipped)
Longipteryx restoration
Harpymimus steveoc
Incisivosaurus (pencil 2013)
Microraptor Restoration
Utahraptor Restoration



Eomaia amnh cast
Skeleton of the primitive mammal Eomaia


Plesiosaurs of the Barremian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images


S. munozi Paja Formation, Altiplano Cundiboyacense, Colombia A brachaucheniin pliosaurid, described by María Páramo





  1. ^ Super User. "ICS - Chart/Time Scale".
  2. ^ a b See Gradstein et al. (2004) or the online geowhen database (link below)
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Earliest occurrence: Upper Barremian
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Earliest occurrence: Lower Barremian
  5. ^ Only known from this stage


  • Cossmann, M. & Pelat, E. (1907): Le Barrémien supérieur à faciès Urgonien de Brouzet-lès-Alais (Gard). Mémoires de la Société Géologique de France, Paléontologie 15(37): 5-42. ‹See Tfd›(in French)
  • Gradstein, F.M.; Ogg, J.G. & Smith, A.G.; (2004): A Geologic Time Scale 2004, Cambridge University Press.
  • Guzhikov, A.Yu. & Baraboshkin, E.J. (2006): Assessment of diachronism of biostratigraphic boundaries by magnetochronological calibration of zonal scales for the Lower Cretaceous of the Tethyan and Boreal belts. Doklady Earth Sciences 409(6): 843-846. doi:10.1134/S1028334X06060018

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Yixian Formation

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