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Osteroden sand pit (Eocene of Germany)

Where: Lower Saxony,, Germany (52.5° N, 7.8° E: paleocoordinates 49.4° N, 3.8° E)

When: Lutetian (48.6 - 40.4 Ma)

Environment/lithology: marine; unlithified, fine-grained sandstone and conglomerate

• the base of the Eocene sediment succession in outcrop is formed of phosphatic gravel or conglomerate rich in fossil shark teeth. He discussed that this gravel layer could possibly represent a transgressive conglomerate. Overlying the basal gravel beds are fine grained unconsolidated sands of up to 1.5 m thickness in both the Dalum and Osteroden sand pits, but only the latter contained areas in which aragonite has not been dissolved and thus otoliths have been preserved.

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: original aragonite

Primary reference: W. Schwarzhans. 2007. The otoliths from the middle Eocene of Osteroden near Bramsche, north-western Germany. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie 244(3):299-369 [M. Uhen/M. Uhen] more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 188954: authorized by Mark Uhen, entered by Mark Uhen on 22.09.2017

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