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Commentry (MNHN Brongniart coll) (Carboniferous of France)

Where: France (46.3° N, 2.8° E: paleocoordinates 2.1° S, 15.4° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Commentry Shales Formation, Gzhelian (303.4 - 298.9 Ma)

• Stephanian

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: lacustrine deltaic; lithified shale

• Fossiliferous layers are of fresh water origin and are allochthonous, apparently deposited by streams in delta-like, detritic sediments along the shore of a lake. Dextral strike-slip transtension in an intermontane setting following the Variscan orogeny.

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: mold/impression

Collected by Henri Fayol in 1880-1890; reposited in the MNHN

• Collected by Fayol (mining engineer and later director at Compagnie de Commentry-Fourchambeau-Decazeville) collected during his early study on the stratigraphy and sediments of the Commentry coal basin. All insects are at the Institute de Paleontologie in the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.

Primary reference: C. Brongniart. 1878. Note sur un nouveau genre d'Orthoptère fossile de la famille des phasmiens provenant des terrains supra-houilleres de Commentry (Allier) (Protophasma dumasii). Annales des Sciences Naturelles, Sixième Série, Zoologie et Paléontologie 7(4):1-9 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham/M. Clapham] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 103635: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 30.01.2011, edited by Jered Karr

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