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Chucal (Miocene of Chile)

Where: Chile (18.7° S, 69.2° W: paleocoordinates 19.3° S, 65.1° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

When: Chucal Formation, Santacrucian (17.5 - 16.3 Ma)

• late early Miocene Santacrucian South American Land Mammal ‘Age’ (SALMA)

• formation-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: "floodplain"; lithology not reported

• Paleobotanical evidence suggests that the area was located at an altitude of ca. 1000 m when the formation was deposited
• The Chucal Fauna derives primarily from the Chucal Formation, a 600 m thick sequence of variegated fluvo-lacustrine strata in the Chilean Altiplano

Size class: macrofossils

Primary reference: D. A. Croft, J. J. Flynn, and A. R. Wyss. 2007. A New Basal Glyptodontid and other Xenarthra of the Early Miocene Chucal Fauna, Northern Chile. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(4):781-797 [M. Uhen/M. Shalap] more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 103804: authorized by Mark Uhen, entered by Margaret Shalap on 02.02.2011, edited by Mark Uhen and Juan Carrillo

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