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Mata Creek, Site 5 (H41/f118) (Miocene of New Zealand)

Where: South Island, New Zealand (44.9° S, 169.8° E: paleocoordinates 49.7° S, 179.6° W)

• coordinate stated in text

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Casuarinaceae pollen zone, Bannockburn Formation (Manuherikia Group), Altonian (19.0 - 15.9 Ma)

• exposure on east side of Mata Creek with stromatolite layer about 30 cm thick with a 10-cm-thick conglomerate at its base containing fish and bird fossils

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: lacustrine - large; stromatolitic conglomerate

• from Miocene Lake Manuherikia, which extended > 5,600 square km

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Collection methods: quarrying, sieve,

• NMNZ, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Primary reference: V. L. De Pietri, R. P. Scofield, A. J. D. Tennyson, S. J. Hand, and T. H. Worthy. 2015. Wading a lost southern connection: Miocene fossils from New Zealand reveal a new lineage of shorebirds (Charadriiformes) linking Gondwanan avifaunas. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology [R. Butler/R. Butler] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 175681: authorized by Richard Butler, entered by Richard Butler on 28.12.2015

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