Safaga Phosphate Company mine, Safaga (Cretaceous of Egypt)

Where: Egypt (26.8° N, 33.6° E: paleocoordinates 8.7° N, 29.0° E)

• coordinate estimated from map

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Late/Upper Cretaceous (100.5 - 66.0 Ma)

• Although the exact age of the Safaga phosphate beds yielding these remains is uncertain, there is no doubt that they belong to the Upper Cretaceous series

Environment/lithology: marine; phosphatic lithology not reported

Size class: macrofossils

Collected in 1946

Collection methods: quarrying, mechanical,

• Hunterian Museum, Glasgow (acquired 1966)

Primary reference: J. B. Delair and M. M. Ibrahim. 1967. The occurence of Upper Cretaceous pliosaurs in Egypt. Proceedings of the Egyptian Academy of Sciences 101-102 [R. Benson/R. Benson]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 140710: authorized by Roger Benson, entered by Roger Benson on 15.03.2013

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Squamata -
Mosasauroidea indet. squamates
Hunterian Museum V.1649, mutilated mosasaurian vertebra
 Squamata - Mosasauridae
cf. Platecarpus indet. Cope 1869 mosasaur
Hunterian Museum V.1650, a series of broken tooth crowns representative of Platecarpus of an allied genus
 Sauropterygia -
Plesiosauria indet. de Blainville 1835 plesiosaur
Partial plesiosaurian limb bone, Hunterian Museum V.1647
 Sauropterygia - Elasmosauridae
Elasmosauridae indet. Cope 1869 elasmosaur
Hunterian Museum V.1648 (partial dorsal vertebra)
 Sauropterygia -
Pliosauroidea indet. Welles 1943 plesiosaur
Hunterian Museum V.1645–1646 (humerus head and femoral shaft) belonging to a 'pliosaurian'