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Wadi Moghra MGL-21 (Miocene of Egypt)

Also known as Wadi Moghara

Where: Egypt (30.4° N, 28.8° E: paleocoordinates 29.2° N, 27.5° E)

• coordinate estimated from map

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Moghara Formation, Early/Lower Miocene (23.0 - 16.0 Ma)

• type section of formation is "about 230 m" (Morlo et al. 2007)

Environment/lithology: marginal marine; medium-grained, ferruginous sandstone

• formation is "a clastic sequence with a fluvio-marine fauna... formed in a marginal marine coastal realm at the distal reaches of a large fluviatile system trending from southeast to northwest, combined with episodic marine transgressions" (Morlo et al. 2007)
• "The fluviatile sands [of the formation] alternate with near-shore marine deposits comprised of sands and shales... Sands are generally fine to medium-grained, fairly well-sorted, and primarily quartzose in composition. Current structures such as cross-lamination and ripples are frequent as are pebble-sized clasts of both quartz and flint. Mud clasts line paleoerosion surfaces (channel scours), which are commonly ferruginous, associated with petrified wood, and are the source of the fossil vertebrates." (Morlo et al. 2007)

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: original phosphate

Primary reference: M. Morlo, E. R. Miller, and A. N. El-Barkooky. 2007. Creodonta and Carnivora from Wadi Moghra, Egypt. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(1):145-159 [J. Alroy/J. Alroy] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 70649: authorized by John Alroy, entered by John Alroy on 01.04.2007

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