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Cerrejón Formation 0318 (Paleocene to of Colombia)

Also known as 0318

Where: Colombia (11.1° N, 72.6° W: paleocoordinates 8.5° N, 59.4° W)

• coordinate stated in text

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Foveotricolpites perforatus pollen zone, Cerrejón Formation, Middle Paleocene to Middle Paleocene (61.7 - 55.8 Ma)

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: "channel"; lithified, silty, sandy siliciclastic sediments

• We collected fossil leaves and fruits from six lens-shaped, siltstone/sandstone bodies with inclined heterolithic strata that suggest deposition in low-energy channels. Ten other localities preserve leaves in thin but tabular beds of flat- laminated siltstone that indicate deposition in small lakes. The megafloral local- ities occur from 100 –750 m above the base of the formation

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils, microfossils

Preservation: adpression

Collection methods: bulk, quarrying, mechanical,

Primary reference: S. L. Wing, 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 [P. Wilf/M. Donovan/E. Stiles] more details

Purpose of describing collection: paleoecologic analysis

PaleoDB collection 134515: authorized by Peter Wilf, entered by Mike Donovan on 10.10.2012

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