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Amazonian amber, Tamshiyacu locality (Miocene of Peru)

Where: Peru (4.0° S, 73.2° W: paleocoordinates 4.5° S, 70.4° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Pebas Formation, Serravallian (13.7 - 11.6 Ma)

• Mollusc Zone MZ7, late Middle Miocene, ~12 Ma

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; amber

• "distal areas of a large, shallow... coastal lake"

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Preservation: adpression, original chitin, amber

Collection methods: Repository: Paleontology Department of the Museo de Historia Natural de la Universidad Nacional Mayor San Marcos, Lima, Peru (MUSM).

Primary reference: J. F. Petrulevicius, A. Nel, D. Franceschi, C. Goillot, P. O. Antoine, R. Salas-Gismondi, and J. J. Flynn. 2011. First fossil blood sucking Psychodidae in South America: a sycoracine moth fly (Insecta: Diptera) in the middle Miocene Amazonian amber. Insect Systematics & Evolution 42:87-96 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 140493: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 11.03.2013

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