Gaston's pond, near Harrell (Cretaceous to of the United States)

Also known as Gaston Pond

Where: Dallas County, Alabama (33.5° N, 92.4° W: paleocoordinates 37.3° N, 64.2° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Mooreville Chalk Formation (Selma Group), Early/Lower Campanian to Early/Lower Campanian (83.5 - 70.6 Ma)

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marine; lithology not reported

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by Ed Hooks and volunteers

Collection methods: salvage, surface (float), surface (in situ), sieve

• The specimen was collected from the bottom of a dry catfish pond by ALAB volunteers under supervision of Ed Hooks Prior to its discovery, it had been trampled upon for an indeterminate number of years by cattle from the adjoining

•pasture coming to drink. This, along with subsequent erosion following the receding water level in the pond, resulted in in situ finds of only larger fragments of the plastron. The remainder of the specimen, comprising several hundred fragments, was scattered over approximately 100 m2 and was recovered by

•surface collecting and dry/wet screening.

Primary reference: E. S. Gaffney, G. E. Hooks III, and V. P. Schneider. 2009. New material of North American side-necked turtles (Pleurodira: Bothremydidae). American Museum Novitates 3655:1-26 [R. Benson/R. Benson]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 128414: authorized by Roger Benson, entered by Roger Benson on 08.06.2012

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Taxonomic list

 Testudines - Bothremydidae
Chedighaii sp. Gaffney et al. 2006 sideneck turtle
ALAB PV 2001.2 (field no. 00-5-9): a partial skull, lower jaws and a nearly complete plastron and anterior section of carapace