Southern Gove County (Cretaceous of the United States)

Where: Gove County, Kansas (38.7° N, 100.5° W: paleocoordinates 41.9° N, 67.0° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Smoky Hill Chalk Member (Niobrara Formation), Santonian (86.3 - 83.6 Ma)

• Deposited 87-82 Ma

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: deep subtidal shelf; lithified chalk

• composed of "compacted skeletal remains (coccoliths) of planktonic, golden-brown algae (Chrysophyceae)"; deposited 200 miles from the eastern and 600 miles from the western shoreline of the Western Interior Seaway; deposited in water depths of 150 and 300 m

Size class: macrofossils

Primary reference: M. J. Everhart. 2001. Revisions to the biostratigraphy of the Moasasauridae (Squamata) in the Smoky Hill Chalk Member of the Niobara Chalk (Late Cretaceous) of Kansas. Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science 104(1-2):59-78 [M. Carrano/H. Street]more details

Purpose of describing collection: biostratigraphic analysis

PaleoDB collection 99383: authorized by Matthew Carrano, entered by Hallie Street on 09.11.2010

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Taxonomic list

 Squamata - Mosasauridae
Clidastes liodontus Merriam 1894 mosasaur
FHSM VP-13909