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El Indio (Pliocene to of Costa Rica)

Where: Puntarenas, Costa Rica (8.9° N, 83.1° W: paleocoordinates 8.9° N, 83.1° W)

• coordinate stated in text

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Paso Real Formation, Late/Upper Pliocene to Late/Upper Pliocene (3.6 - 0.8 Ma)

• age estimate based on "plesippine" characters of horse teeth

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: fluvial; poorly lithified, coarse-grained sandstone and conglomerate

• "fluvial"; outcrop is a "lag deposit" in a stream, but this does not refer to the paleoenvironment
• "a weakly cemented, coarse fluvial sandstone and conglomerate of peas-sized pebbles"

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: surface (float),

• "No excavation or systematic screen washing... All fossils are isolated finds eroding from the sediments"

Primary reference: J. I. Mead, R. Cubero, A. L. Valerio Zamora, S. L. Swift, C. Laurito and L. D. Gómez. 2006. Plio-Pleistocene Crocodylus (Crocodylia) from southwestern Costa Rica. Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment 41(1):1-7 [J. Alroy/J. Alroy/J. Alroy] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 69920: authorized by John Alroy, entered by John Alroy on 11.03.2007

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