Lower Alum Shale, Upper section (Cambrian of Denmark)

Where: Bornholm, Denmark (55.0° N, 15.0° E: paleocoordinates 43.2° S, 28.3° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Ptychagnostus punctuosus trilobite zone, Lower Alum Shale Formation, Menevian (513.0 - 501.0 Ma)

• Listed as Middle Menevian. Ptychagnostus punctuosus trilobite subzone; Paradoxides paradoxissimus zone. Upper section

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marine; poorly lithified, gray shale

• Illite clay. From entire formation, a total of 800 g collected at 10 cm intervals, totalling >400 specimens
• Fissile, dark gray shale, slightly metamorphosed

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Primary reference: V. Berg-Madsen. 1985. The Middle Cambrian of Bornholm, Denmark: A stratigraphical revision of the Lower Alum Shale and associated anthraconites. Geologiska Föreningens I Stockholm Förhandlingar 106:357-376 [P. Novack-Gottshall/P. Hearn]more details

Purpose of describing collection: biostratigraphic analysis

PaleoDB collection 75947: authorized by Phil Novack-Gottshall, entered by Paul Hearn on 06.11.2007

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Taxonomic list

• Ptychagnostus punctuosus trilobite subzone; Paradoxides paradoxissimus zone; although several localities, treating as pooled samples due to narrow stratigraphic interval
 Agnostida - Peronopsidae
 Agnostida - Diplagnostidae
Diplagnostus planicauda Angelin 1851 trilobite
 Agnostida - Ptychagnostidae
Ptychagnostus "subsp. indet." Jaekel 1909 trilobite
Ptychagnostus punctuosus Angelin 1851 trilobite
 Redlichiida - Paradoxididae
Paradoxides paradoxissimus Wahlenberg 1821 trilobite
 Hyolithida -
Hyolithida indet. Mathew 1962
 Acrotretida - Acrotretidae
Acrotreta sp. Kutorga 1848
 Lingulida - Obolidae
Lingulella sp. Salter 1866
 Lingulida - Acrothelidae
Acrothelidae indet. Schuchert 1893
 Paterinida - Paterinidae
Dictyonina sp. Cooper 1942
Conodonta indet. Eichenberg 1930 conodont
 Reticulosa - Protospongiidae
Protospongia fenestrata Salter 1864 glass sponge