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MGS #39 (Oligocene of the United States)

Where: Wayne County, Mississippi (31.7° N, 88.7° W: paleocoordinates 31.9° N, 82.2° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Red Bluff Formation, Rupelian (33.9 - 28.4 Ma)

• Red Bluff formation is exposed in Clark and Wayne counties, Mississippi. It consists of fossiliferous, dark grey, silty clay with zones of ironstone concentrations in lower part.These sediments conformably overlie the blue-grey, blocky, marine clay of the Shubuta Clay Member of the Yazoo Formation and were deposited in shallow marine shelf, prodelta, and marginal delta bay enviroments. Lower part of the Red Bluff Formation is the most fossiliferous. Otoliths are also abundant here.

• formation-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: offshore; poorly lithified, gray, silty claystone and ironstone

Size class: mesofossils

Preservation: original aragonite, original calcite

Collection methods: bulk, mechanical,

• bivalves only

Primary reference: D. T. Dockery. 1982. Lower Oligocene Bivalvia of the Vicksburg Group in Mississippi. Mississippi Department of Natural Resources Bureau of Geology 123:1-261 [L. Ivany/S. DeLong] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 5779: authorized by Linda Ivany, entered by Sarah DeLong on 30.11.1999, edited by Laurie Eccles

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