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West of El Picacho (Miocene of Venezuela)

Also known as Urumaco

Where: Falcón, Venezuela (11.2° N, 70.3° W: paleocoordinates 10.9° N, 68.8° W)

• coordinate stated in text

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: upper Member (Urumaco Formation), Huayquerian (9.0 - 6.8 Ma)

• from the "Capa de huesos" part of the upper member

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: fluvial-deltaic; siliciclastic sediments

• "near-shore marine, brackish, and fresh water deposits" in a "coastal area," including "small ephemeral ponds" with "root casts and locally abundant leaf inmpressions"; "stream channels, and in some cases swampy areas (as evidenced by localized accumulations of vegetable debris)"; "barrier beach" and "lagoonal water"; and "the delta of a large river"

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by R. C. Wood, B. Patterson, A. Lewis, D. Fisher, R. Repenning, M. Stanford in 1972; reposited in the MCZ

• MCNC and MCZ collections

Primary reference: R. C. Wood. 1976. Stupendemys geographicus, the world's largest turtle. Breviora 436:1-31 [J. Alroy/J. Alroy] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 99403: authorized by John Alroy, entered by John Alroy on 09.11.2010, edited by Philip Mannion

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