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Waitaki region (Oligocene of New Zealand)

Also known as Maerewhenua

Where: Southern Island, New Zealand (44.9° S, 170.6° E: paleocoordinates 51.1° S, 174.9° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

When: lower Member (Kokoamu Greensand Formation), Chattian (28.4 - 23.0 Ma)

• late Oligocene; provisionally 28 Ma

Environment/lithology: offshore shelf; green sandstone

• outer shelf to relatively shallow mid-shelf over time
• greensand

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: quarrying,

Primary reference: R. E. Fordyce. 2002. Oligocene origins of skim-feeding right whales: A small archaic balaenid from New Zealand. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 22(3):54A [M. Uhen/M. Uhen] more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 37602: authorized by Emmanuel Fara, entered by Emmanuel Fara on 17.03.2004, edited by Mark Uhen

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