Gateway to the Paleobiology Database
Gebel Rascal (Dor-et-Talha) (Eocene to of Libya)

Also known as Gebel Coquin; Dur At-Talah

Where: Libya (25.8° N, 18.5° E: paleocoordinates 21.1° N, 14.4° E)

When: Bartonian to Bartonian (40.4 - 33.9 Ma)

• Fossils occur in two layers within a 50 m section exposed at Dor-et-Talha cliffs. Pterosphenus and squalidid remains are from lower layer, all other taxa are from upper layer.

Environment/lithology: marine; lithified, ferruginous, gypsiferous, gray, green claystone

• "D’après C. Arambourg & Ph. Magnier (1961), la couche fossilifère comprend, dans la partie médiane de la falaise, 50 m. d’argiles gris-vert avec intercalations gypseuses et ferrugineuses; la stratification est entre-croisée (pgs. 326-327)."

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: surface (float), mechanical,

Primary reference: R. Hoffstetter. 1961. Nouvelles récoltes de serpents fossiles dans l’Éocène Supérieur du désert Libyque. Bulletin du Muséum National Histoire Naturelle, Paris 33(3):326-331 [J. Head/J. Head/J. Head] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 48077: authorized by Jason Head, entered by Jason Head on 12.03.2005, edited by Mark Uhen and John Alroy

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)