387.7 ± 0.8 – 382.7 ± 1.6 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 conodont Polygnathus hemiansatus
Lower boundary GSSPJebel Mech Irdane, Tafilalt, Morocco
31°14′15″N 4°21′15″W / 31.2374°N 4.3541°W / 31.2374; -4.3541
Lower GSSP ratified1994[5]
Upper boundary definitionFAD of the conodont Ancyrodella rotundiloba
Upper boundary GSSPCol du Puech de la Suque, Montagne Noire, France
43°30′12″N 3°05′12″E / 43.5032°N 3.0868°E / 43.5032; 3.0868
Upper GSSP ratified1986[6]

The Givetian is one of two faunal stages in the Middle Devonian Period. It lasted from 387.7 million years ago to 382.7 million years ago. It was preceded by the Eifelian Stage and followed by the Frasnian Stage. It is named after the town of Givet in France. The oldest forests occurred during the late Givetian.[7] The lower GSSP is located at Jebel Mech Irdane, Tafilalt, Morocco.

Name and definition

The Givetian Stage was proposed in 1879 by French geologist Jules Gosselet and was accepted for the higher stage of the Middle Devonian by the Subcommission on Devonian Stratigraphy in 1981.[8]


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31°14′15″N 4°21′15″W / 31.2375°N 4.3542°W / 31.2375; -4.3542

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