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Haikou [Yuanshan Fm (formerly Qiongzhusi)] (Cambrian of China)

Also known as Chengjiang biota; Jingmacun, Kunming

Where: Yunnan, China (24.8° N, 102.6° E: paleocoordinates 35.1° N, 161.1° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• local area-level geographic resolution

When: Yuanshan Formation, Atdabanian (520.0 - 516.0 Ma)

• LITHOSTRATIGRAPHY: Formerly from the Yuanshan Mbr, Qiongzhusi Fm. Yuanshan is raised to formation rank in recent publications (Steiner 2005, 2007). Wade-Giles romanization of Qiongzhusi is Chiungchussu. AGE: Eoredlichia Zone. Refined to Atdabanian by A. Hendy (2/2009)

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marine; lithified, gray, green, yellow, carbonaceous mudstone

• "benthic sediment flows... are believed to have been the the principal method of burial" (Shu et al. 1999b)

•"presence of agglutinated quartz grains, substantially coarser than the surrounding matrix... suggests... that the animal inhabited a higher-energy, sandy sea floor and was transported" (Shu et al. 2001)

• LITHOLOGY: Dark grey-green (yellow, when weathered), finely laminated mudstones, containing organic hash in great quantity. LITHIFICATION: Lithified, on the basis of figures.

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: adpression, soft parts

Collection methods: surface (in situ), hydrochloric,

• COLLECTOR: Multiple collectors. REPOSITORY: Not stated in text.

Primary reference: M. Steiner, M. Zhu, Y. Zhao and B.-D. Erdtmann. 2005. Lower Cambrian Burgess Shale-type fossil associations of South China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 220:129-152 [A. Hendy/A. Hendy] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 68083: authorized by John Alroy, entered by John Alroy on 02.01.2007, edited by Austin Hendy and Marcus Domansky

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