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Gokwe town (upper) (Cretaceous of Zimbabwe)

Where: Midlands, Zimbabwe (18.2° S, 28.9° E: paleocoordinates 36.1° S, 4.9° E)

• coordinate estimated from map

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: White Sandstone Member (Gokwe Formation), Early/Lower Cretaceous (145.5 - 99.7 Ma)

• upper member = white sandstone member, basal portion of member

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: lacustrine - small; coarse-grained, argillaceous sandstone

• sediments may have been laid down in a small shallow lake, carried by intermittent floods from a land surface surrounding the lake on which aeolian transport of sand took place; more likely the animals died on a dry lake bed, and their bones were exposed to a period of desiccation, later floods would scatter the fragments and incorporate them in sediment
• "Coarse clay pellet sandstone with current bedding in units up to 2 ft. thick are common. Thin sections show no sign of calcite cement. The rocks consist of quartz, fresh microcline, rare zircon and tourmaline, with a few muscovite flakes. The matrix is white clay. The sorting is good and the grains are subround to rounded. Red clay pellets are abundant."

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by Bond & Bromley in 1966

Collection methods: surface (in situ),

Primary reference: G. Bond and K. Bromley. 1970. Sediments with the remains of dinosaurs near Gokwe, Rhodesia. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 8:313-327 [M. Carrano/K. Maguire/M. Carrano] more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 60350: authorized by Matthew Carrano, entered by Kaitlin Maguire on 10.05.2006

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