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Baltic amber (AMNH collection) (Eocene of Russian Federation)

Where: Kaliningrad, Russian Federation (54.9° N, 19.9° E: paleocoordinates 53.9° N, 15.2° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

When: Priabonian (37.2 - 33.9 Ma)

• According to Aleksandrova and Zaporozhets (2008), the higher parts of the Prussian Formation (including the Blaue Erde or Blue Earth) belong to the Charlesdowniea clathrata angulosa dinocyst Zone. Based on its index species, this zone is concurrent to Zone W13 established in the Parisian basin (Châteauneuf and Gruas-Cavagnetto 1978), where it is correlated with nannoplankton zones NP18–NP21 (Powell, 1992) of the Priabonian. In the Paleogene zonation of northwestern Europe, the first occurrence of Thalassiphora fenestrata is designated at the base of the dinocyst Subzone D12b (36.20 +/- 0.1 Ma), which is correlated with zones NP18 (terminal part)–NP20 of the Priabonian (Luterbacher et al., 2004).

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; amber

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Preservation: amber

Reposited in the AMNH

Primary reference: F. M. Hull. 1945. A revisional study of the fossil Syrphidae. Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology 95:251-355 [C. Labandeira/C. Labandeira/M. Clapham] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 123493: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Arram Noshirvan on 24.01.2012, edited by Matthew Clapham and Annabelle Louderback

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