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5 km east of Burnham Trading Post (MNA) (Cretaceous of the United States)

Also known as Pentaceratops

Where: San Juan County, New Mexico (36.3° N, 108.2° W: paleocoordinates 43.6° N, 79.6° W)

• coordinate stated in text

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Fruitland Formation, Late/Upper Campanian (84.9 - 70.6 Ma)

• upper part of formation; approx. 145 m above base of formation

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: channel lag; fine-grained, medium, gray, white, carbonaceous sandstone and gray, yellow mudstone

• "stream point bar or channel bar"
• "This specimen was found in a 2 m thick lens of grayish-white, fine to medium grained, heterogenous, cross-bedded sandstone. Carbonized remains of palms, conifers, and deciduous angiosperms were found throughout the sandstone, with accumulations on cross-bedding planes. The sandstone grades laterally into and is interbedded with yellowish-gray mudstones, all of which make up a 6 m thick relatively weather resistant unit."

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Collected in 1977

Collection methods: quarrying, mechanical,

Primary reference: T. Rowe, E. H. Colbert, and J. D. Nations. 1981. The occurrence of Pentaceratops (Ornithischia: Ceratopsia) with a description of its frill. Advances in San Juan Basin Paleontology, S. G. Lucas, J. K. Rigby Jr., and B. S. Kues (eds.), University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque 29-48 [M. Carrano/M. Carrano/M. Carrano] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 34826: authorized by Matthew Carrano, entered by Matthew Carrano on 03.10.2003, edited by John Alroy

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