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Eckfeld Maar (NHMM collection) (Eocene of Germany)

Where: Eifel, Germany (50.1° N, 6.8° E: paleocoordinates 47.0° N, 3.0° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: MP 13 zone, Eifel Formation, MP 13 (48.6 - 40.4 Ma)

• The Eifel is the German part of the outcropping Variscan Basement west of the river Rhine and nort of the river Mosel.

•"MP 13... recently dated at 44.3 +/- 0.4 million years BP (Mertz et al. 2000)" (Franzen 2004)

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: crater lake; siltstone and shale

• "a small freshwater [crater] lake a few hundred meters in diameter" (Franzen 2004)
• ...laminitic "oilshales" and siltstones... with frequent turbiditic intercalations... plant macrofossils are ... distributed throughout the sequence under investigation. ... coarse and robust plant debris such as wood fragments and large fruits/seeds is concentrated in the turbiditic layers. (Wilde and Frankenhauser 1998).

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: mold/impression, adpression, original carbon

Collection methods: quarrying, surface (in situ),

• mammals are in the Nautrhistorisches Museum Mainz

Primary reference: V. Wilde and H. Frankenhauser. 1998. The Middle Eocene plant taphocoenosis from Eckfeld (Eifel, Germany). Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology 101:7-28 [H. Sims/H. Lindon/H. Lindon] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 24201: authorized by Hallie Sims, entered by Heather Lindon on 02.08.2002, edited by Hallie Sims, Jason Cassara, John Alroy and Jered Karr

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