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FH0705-FH0712 (Cerrejón Formation) (Paleocene of Colombia)

Where: Guajira, Colombia (11.1° N, 72.6° W: paleocoordinates 8.5° N, 59.7° W)

• coordinate stated in text

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Cerrejón Formation, Thanetian (58.7 - 55.8 Ma)

• Age of the Cerrejón Formation according to Jaramillo , C. , G. Bayona , A. P. Pardo-Trujillo , M. Rueda , V. Torres , G. J. Harrington , and G. Mora . 2007. The palynology of the Cerrejón Formation (upper Paleocene) of northern Colombia. Palynology 31 : 153 – 189.

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: fluvial-lacustrine; lithified, tabular, gray, muddy, silty siltstone

• See more information about the Cerrejón flora in Wing , S. L. , F. Herrera , C. A. Jaramillo , C. Gómez-Navarro , P. Wilf , and C. C. Labandeira. 2009. Late Paleocene fossils from the Cerrejón Formation, Colombia, are the earliest record of Neotropical rainforest. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 106 : 18627 – 18632.
• The Cerrejón endocarp fossils (CJ85-ING-1412 to CJ85-ING-1414) were found along with angiosperm leaf remains in an extensive gray siltstone bed around 60–90 cm thick that was deposited in a swampy-lacustrine environment. The local flora was dominated by Araceae, Arecaceae, Fabaceae, Lauraceae, Malvaceae, Zingiberales, and several unidentified ferns.

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils, microfossils

Preservation: cast, mold/impression

Collected by F. Herrera, S. L. Wing, M. R. Carvalho in 2007

Collection methods: quarrying, surface (in situ), mechanical,

• Repository: Ingeominas, Bogota, Colombia

Primary reference: F. Herrera, S. R. Manchester, S. B. Hoot, K. M. Wefferling, M. R. Carvalho and C. Jaramillo. 2011. Phytogeographic implications of fossil endocarps of Menispermaceae from the Paleocene of Colombia. American Journal of Botany 98(12):2004-2017 [A. Hendy/F. Herrera] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 121516: authorized by Austin Hendy, entered by Fabiany Herrera on 06.12.2011

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