Vastan Lignite Mine (marine vertebrates) (Eocene of India)

Where: Gujarat, India (21.3° N, 73.0° E: paleocoordinates 4.3° S, 63.0° E)

• coordinate estimated from map

When: Cambay Shale Formation, Ypresian (56.0 - 47.8 Ma)

• age based on Nummulites burdigalensis, which implies Shallow Benthic Zone 10 according to Bajpai et al, and SBZ 10-11 according to Rose et al.

•marine and terrestrial fossils are from two immediately adjacent beds (Rose et al.)

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marine; shelly/skeletal siliciclastic sediments

• "a marine shelly layer, containing shark and fish remains"

Collection methods: bulk, sieve,

• collections are in the Department of Geology, H. N. B. Garhwal University

Primary reference: K. D. Rose, T. Smith, R. S. Rana, A. Sahni, H. Sing, P. Missiaen, and A. Folie. 2006. Early Eocene (Ypresian) continental vertebrate assemblage from India, with description of a new anthracobunid (Mammalia, Tethytheria). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26(1):219-225 [J. Alroy/J. Alroy]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 71438: authorized by John Alroy, entered by John Alroy on 25.04.2007

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Taxonomic list

 Myliobatiformes - Dasyatidae
Dasyatis sp. Rafinesque 1810 whiptail stingray
 Myliobatiformes - Myliobatidae
Myliobatis sp. Cuvier 1816 eagle ray
 Carchariniformes - Triakidae
Galeorhinus sp. de Blainville and Prévost 1816 school shark
 Acanthopterygii -
 Acanthomorphata - Sphyraenidae
Sphyraena sp. Walbaum 1792 barracuda
 Scombriformes - Trichiuridae
Eutrichiurides sp. Casier 1944
 Tetraodontiformes - Diodontidae
Diodon sp. Linnaeus 1758
 Teleostei -
 Amiiformes - Amiidae
Amiidae indet. Huxley 1861 bowfin