H46/f166a - Wangaloa Formation, New Zealand (Paleocene of New Zealand)

Also known as Mitchells Rocks

Where: Otago, New Zealand (46.3° S, 170.0° E: paleocoordinates 58.6° S, 160.5° W)

• coordinate stated in text

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Wangaloa Formation, Danian (66.0 - 61.6 Ma)

• Wangaloa Formation has perviously been assigned to Upper Miocene, and Late Cretaceous, but is Early Paleocene. Miospores indicate zone PM2=Haumurian=Maastrichtian immediately below skelatal assemblage. Palynological, foraminiferal, and molluscan assemblages at the horizon and immediately above indicate Early Paleocene=Teurian ages. Early Teurian=Danian

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: coastal; lithified, fine-grained, concretionary, shelly/skeletal sandstone

• Described as shallow marine
• Well-cemented, fine-grained concretionary sandstone.

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: quarrying,

• Collection is reposited in Otago University (OU)

Primary reference: J. D. Stilwell. 1993. New Early Paleocene Mollusca from the Wangaloa Formation of South Island, New Zealand. Journal of Paleontology 67(3):360-369 [A. Miller/A. Hendy/M. Uhen]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 52564: authorized by Austin Hendy, entered by Austin Hendy on 10.08.2005, edited by Mark Uhen

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

• High quality nomenclature.
Bivalvia
 Nuculida - Nuculidae
Leionucula palaioanaxea n. sp. Stilwell 1993 nut clam
Gastropoda
 Neogastropoda - Tudiclidae
Pyropsis zinsmeisteri n. sp. Stilwell 1993 snail
Chondrichthyes
 Myliobatiformes - Myliobatidae
Myliobatidae indet. Bonaparte 1838 eagle ray
Reptilia
 Testudines -
Chelonioidea indet. Baur 1893 sea turtle