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410.8 ± 2.8 – 407.6 ± 2.6 Ma
Name formalityFormal
Name ratified1985 [5]
Usage information
Celestial body Earth
Regional usageGlobal ( ICS)
Time scale(s) usedICS Time Scale
Chronological unit Age
Stratigraphic unit Stage
Time span formalityFormal
Lower boundary definition FAD of the conodonts Eognathodus sulcatus and Latericriodus steinachensis Morph beta
Lower boundary GSSP Velká Chuchle quarry, Velká Chuchle, Prague, Czechia
50°00′53″N 14°22′21″E / 50.0147°N 14.3726°E / 50.0147; 14.3726
GSSP ratified1989 [5]
Upper boundary definitionFAD of the conodont Polygnathus kitabicus
Upper boundary GSSP Zinzil'ban Gorge, Uzbekistan
39°12′00″N 67°18′20″E / 39.2000°N 67.3056°E / 39.2000; 67.3056
GSSP ratified1995 [6]

The Pragian is one of three faunal stages in the Early Devonian epoch. It lasted from 410.8 ± 2.8 million years ago to 407.6 ± 2.8 million years ago. It was preceded by the Lochkovian stage and followed by the Emsian stage. The most important Lagerstätte of the Pragian is Rhynie chert in Scotland. It is named after the city of Prague. [7] The GSSP is located within the Praha Formation at Velká Chuchle, Prague.

In North America the Pragian Stage is represented by Siegenian or Deerparkian time.

Pragian geology

Pragian life


The first ammonoids (order Agoniatitida) appeared in later parts of this stage (at the lower boundary of the Zlichovian stage as it was known in Siberian representations). They were descended from bactritoid nautiloid ancestors, which also appeared in this stage before experiencing evolutionary radiations in the next stage. [8]


Agnathans of the Pragian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images
Drepanaspis Lochkovian- Emsian Hunsrück Slate, Germany, among others in Europe
Drepanaspis Fossil.jpg
Errivaspis Lochkovian- Emsian Wayne Hereford Quarry, England & Babin Sandstone, Podolia, Ukraine
Pteraspis Lochkovian- Eifelian Eifelian Maecuru Formation, Brazil; Lochkovian Ditton Group, Britain; Lochkovian Ivane Suite and Pragian Babin Sandstone, Ukraine
Estonian Museum of Natural History - Pteraspis.png


Lobe finned fish of the Pragian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images
Tungsenia ~409 mya Posongchong Formation, Yunnan, China It is possibly the basalmost known tetrapodomorph


Arthropods of the Pragian
Taxa Presence Location Description Images
Jaekelopterus Pragian-early Emsian Klerf Formation, Rhineland, Germany
Wyoming[ citation needed]
Jaekelopterus rhenaniae reconstruction.jpg


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  4. ^ "Chart/Time Scale". International Commission on Stratigraphy.
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  6. ^ Yolkin, E.; Kim, A.; Weddige, K.; Talent, J.; House, M. (December 1997). "Definition of the Pragian/Emsian Stage boundary". Episodes. 20 (4): 235–240. doi: 10.18814/epiiugs/1997/v20i4/005. Retrieved 18 December 2020.
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