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Donnybrook (Queenstown District) (Triassic to of South Africa)

Also known as Donnybrooke; Tafelberg; Swart Kei River

Where: Eastern Cape, South Africa (32.1° S, 26.5° E: paleocoordinates 66.5° S, 21.2° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Katberg Formation (Beaufort Group), Induan to Induan (252.3 - 247.2 Ma)

• Somewhere between the middle part of the Katberg Fm. and the lowermost part of the overlying Burgersdorp Fm. because this is the interval (upper Lystrosaurus Assemblage Zone) to which Procolophon is restricted (see, e.g., Cisneros, 2008, Paleoworld 17(2)).

•Cisneros (2008, Palaeont. Afr. 43), based on Kitching (1977), suspects all Procolophon specimens from Donnybrook to come "from the same localized band of dark red mudstone, approximately one metre thick, within the Katberg Formation."

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: fluvial; red mudstone

• The Katberg Fm. "was deposited under arid climatic conditions within the more distal parts of a sandy, bedload-dominated, ephemeral braided stream complex draining a source area composed predominantly of granitic, metamorphic and alkaline volcanic rocks (Hiller and Stavrakis, 1984; Smith, 1995)." (Catuneanu et al. 2005, J. Afr. Earth Sci. 43(1-3)).

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by D. White; reposited in the BMNH

Collection methods: mechanical

Primary reference: R. Broom. 1905. Notes on the Localities of some type specimens of the Karroo Fossil Reptiles. Records of the Albany Musuem 1(4):275-278 [J. Mueller/T. Liebrecht] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 13043: authorized by Chris Sidor, entered by Chris Sidor on 17.01.2002, edited by Torsten Liebrecht and Richard Butler

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