Domo de Zaza (Miocene of Cuba)

Also known as Zaza Dome; Canal de Zaza

Where: Sancti Spiritus, Cuba (21.6° N, 79.5° W: paleocoordinates 21.9° N, 75.7° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• local area-level geographic resolution

When: Miogypsina-Soriitidae zone, Lagunitas Formation, Early/Lower Miocene (23.0 - 16.0 Ma)

• most in situ fossils are from the lower half of the section

• formation-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: fluvial-deltaic; gray, green, yellow, sandy, calcareous conglomerate and bioturbated, paleosol/pedogenic, ferruginous, green, red, sandy claystone

• most in situ fossils are from alluvial sands and gravels; some are from lagoonal clays

•former represent "short term turbulent sheet flow events in a coastal plain setting... [and] True river channel deposits"; latter represent "evanescent cutoff lagoons... no more than moderately saline"

• "poorly sorted, angular to subangular gravel, moderately cemented by carbonates and low in clay content... Grey to yellowish-green interbedded sands and gravels"; "light green clays, with brown and red spotting and minor amounts of sand... soil development... Bioturbation... root casts"

Size class: macrofossils

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

• screen washing was attempted but yielded no reported taxa

Primary reference: R. D. E. MacPhee, M. A. Iturralde-Vinent, and E. S. Gaffney. 2003. Domo de Zaza, an Early Miocene vertebrate locality in south-central Cuba, with notes on the tectonic evolution of Puerto Rico and the Mona Passage. American Museum Novitates 3394:1-42 [J. Alroy/J. Alroy/J. Alroy]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 31183: authorized by John Alroy, entered by John Alroy on 17.04.2003, edited by Mark Uhen

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

• bony fishes and invertebrates are excluded, with some treated separately (see other Domo de Zaza lists)
 Nummulitacea - Nummulitidae
 Discorbacea - Discorbidae
Discorbis sp. Lamarck 1804
 Rotaliacea - Rotaliidae
 Rotaliacea - Elphidiidae
 Podocopida - Hemicytheridae
Aurila aff. cicatricosa Reuss 1850 ostracod
Caudites sp. Coryell and Fields 1937 ostracod
 Podocopida - Cytheruridae
Cytheropteron sp. Sars 1866 ostracod
 Podocopida -
 Podocopida - Bairdiidae
 Podocopida -
 Podocopa - Loxoconchidae
Loxoconcha antillea ostracod
subspecies nodosa
 Arcida - Glycymerididae
"Glycymeris acuticostatus" = Tucetona acuticostata, Glycymeris jamaicanus
"Glycymeris acuticostatus" = Tucetona acuticostata Sowerby 1849 clam
aff. subspecies guaica
 Pectinida - Pectinoidae
Chlamys spp. Röding 1798 scallop
 Ostreida - Ostreidae
Crassostrea vaughani oyster
subspecies insularis
 Myliobatiformes - Myliobatidae
Myliobatis sp. Cuvier 1816 eagle ray
 Carchariniformes - Carcharhinidae
Negaprion brevirostris Poey 1868 lemon shark
 Carchariniformes - Sphyrnidae
Sphyrna mokarran hammerhead shark
 Carchariniformes - Hemigaleidae
"Hemipristis serra" = Hemipristis heteropleurus
"Hemipristis serra" = Hemipristis heteropleurus Agassiz 1844 ground shark
 Testudines -
Pelomedusoides indet. Broin 1988 sideneck turtle
 Sirenia - Dugongidae
? Nanosiren sp. Domning and Aguilera 2008 dugong
 Primates - Pitheciidae
Paralouatta marianae n. sp. MacPhee et al. 2003 monkey
 Rodentia - Capromyidae
Zazamys veronicae MacPhee and Iturralde-Vinent 1995 hutia
 Xenarthra - Megalonychidae
Imagocnus zazae MacPhee and Iturralde-Vincent 1994 edentate
 Cetacea -
Odontoceti indet. Flower 1867 toothed whale
sp. A, B
 Miliolida - Soritidae
 Miliolida - Miliolidae
Pyrgo sp. Defrance 1824