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Haumuri Bluff (Cretaceous to of New Zealand)

Also known as Priripaua, Spy Glass Point

Where: South Island, New Zealand (42.6° S, 173.5° E: paleocoordinates 57.7° S, 149.1° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Conway Formation (Eyre Group), Campanian to Campanian (84.9 - 66.0 Ma)

• New Zealand Stage nomenclature (Warren, 1995) places the Conway Siltstone at Haumuri Bluff in the lower Haumurian. Correlation with global Upper Cretaceous stages places the Haumuri Bluff section in the lower to middle Campanian; these correlations and age assessments are based on the indexing provided by dinoflagellates, inoceramids, and foraminiferans (Roncaglia and Schioler, 1997).

Environment/lithology: foreshore; poorly lithified, massive, bioturbated, gray, sandy siltstone

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Preservation: concretion

Primary reference: M. W. Caldwell, R. Holmes, G. L. Bell, Jr. and J. Wiffen. 2005. An unusual tylosaurine mosasaur from New Zealand: a new skull of Taniwhasaurus oweni (Lower Haumurian; Upper Cretaceous). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25(2):393-401 [M. Carrano/H. Street] more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 37089: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Erin Leckey on 02.03.2004, edited by Hallie Street

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