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Gaiman (marine vertebrates) (Miocene of Argentina)

Where: Chubut, Argentina (43.3° S, 65.5° W: paleocoordinates 44.1° S, 58.9° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

When: Gaiman Formation, Aquitanian (23.0 - 20.4 Ma)

• JA: marine fossils are from a single "marine bed" in an unnamed member of the Gaiman Formation that is Aquitanian and overlies the Trelew Member, which includes Colhuehuapian terrestrial vertebrates (Kay et al. 2008)

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marginal marine; lithified, tuffaceous, muddy sandstone

• JA: presumably nearshore marine based on immediately overlying fully terrestrial unit with a conformable contact
• JA: shown in a column by Kay et al. (2008) as being from a tuffaceous muddy sandstone that does not include concretions and is presumably lithified

Size class: macrofossils

Reposited in the MACN

Primary reference: R. J. Asher and K. M. Helgen. 2010. Nomenclature and placental mammal phylogeny. BMC Evolutionary BIology 10(102):1-9 [M. Uhen/M. Uhen] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 142513: authorized by John Alroy, entered by John Alroy on 12.04.2013, edited by Mark Uhen

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