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We express many thanks to all Expedition 317 scientists, especially Co-Chief Scientists Craig S. Fulthorpe and Koichi Hoyanagi, and the crew of the JOIDES Resolution for their participation. We also acknowledge reviewer Dr. Sherwood W. Wise Jr. and editor Lorri Peters for their invaluable comments to this manuscript. Extended thanks go to Professor David M. Harwood (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) for providing valuable discussion on the Antarctic diatom taxonomy and his kind revision for our manuscript. Our thanks are also extended to our colleagues of the Laboratory of Geobiology, Nagoya University, and especially Prof. Yasufumi Iryu (Tohoku University) for their help and advice. We also thank to Drs. Kota Katsuki (Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, KIGAM) and Jonaotaro Onodera (JSPS Res. Fellowship, JAMSTEC) for their helpful discussion about taxonomic study. This research used samples and data provided by the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP). Funding for this research was provided by Grant-in-Aid from the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Japan (20740299 awarded to Itsuki Suto for 2008–2010 and 23340154 to Koichi Hoyanagi for 2011–2013).