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MGS #88a (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 political unit

When: Forest Hill Formation, Rupelian (33.9 - 28.4 Ma)

• The upper part of the Forest Hill Formation consists of estuarine clays and sands which locally contain a marine fauna. In Wayne County, numerous well preserved fossils were collected from sand lenses in this interval. Also present in this interval are leaf fossils which occur along bedding planes in the clay. These estuarine and marine sediments are the initial stage in the marine transgression of the Mint Spring seaway.

• formation-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: offshore; poorly lithified, gray, silty, sandy sandstone and siltstone

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 5805: authorized by Linda Ivany, entered by Sarah DeLong on 03.12.1999

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