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Willershausen clay pit (GZG collection) (Pliocene of Germany)

Where: Niedersachsen, Germany (51.8° N, 10.1° E: paleocoordinates 51.9° N, 9.8° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Piacenzian (3.6 - 2.6 Ma)

• MN16/17 land mammal ages

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: pond; lithified marl

• Pond (about 200 m wide and 10 m deep) formed above collapse sinkhole (not volcanic, but subsidence mechanism is similar to volcanic calderas).

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: mold/impression, adpression

Collection methods: Repository: Geologisch-Paläontologischen Institute, Universität Göttingen. Includes material collected by Straus (52-30), Jordan (583), Schmidt (598), and Gersdorf (599).

Primary reference: K. Kernbach. 1967. Über die bisher im Pliozän von Willershausen gefundenen Schmetterlings und Raupenreste. Bericht der Naturhistorischen Gesellschaft zu Hannover 111:103-106 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 109196: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 13.05.2011, edited by Evangelos Vlachos

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