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southeast of Playa Yumaque (Eocene of Peru)

Also known as Paracas Reserve

Where: Peru (13.9° S, 76.3° W: paleocoordinates 16.2° S, 68.8° W)

• coordinate stated in text

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Otuma Formation, Priabonian (37.2 - 33.9 Ma)

• "A late Eocene age for much of the Otuma Formation including [the fossiliferous horizon]... is supported by ash beds in the Río Ica Valley south of the Reserva Paracas, with 40Ar-39Ar dates of 37.2 and 36.5 Ma in the lower part of the sequence and an ash with an 40Ar-39Ar date of 35.7 Ma in the upper part of the sequence"

•JA: originally entered as Late Eocene because the older dates might have reached into the Bartonian, but the 2010 IUGS timescale implies they are earliest Priabonian

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: coastal; lithified, fine-grained sandstone

• possibly shoreface based on description
• "sandstone bed... within a ~20- meter section of thick-bedded indurated medium-grained sandstone interbedded with less indurated, finer-grained, thin-bedded and laminated sandstone" [bed presumably is of the latter lithology based on preservation of specimen]

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: adpression, soft parts

Collection methods: collecting details not given

•reposited in the Museo de Historia Natural-UNMSM, Lima

Primary reference: J. A. Clarke, D. T. Ksepka, R. Salas-Gismondi, A. J. Altamirano, M. D. Shawkey, L. D’Alba, J. Vinther, T. J. DeVries, and P. Baby. 2010. Fossil evidence for evolution of the shape and color of penguin feathers. Science 330 [J. Alroy/J. Alroy] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 98346: authorized by John Alroy, entered by John Alroy on 02.10.2010, edited by Mihaela Krause

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