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Braunkohl Mine (Eocene of Germany)

Also known as Bitterfeld

Where: Sachsen, Germany (51.6° N, 12.3° E: paleocoordinates 48.6° N, 8.1° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Lutetian (48.6 - 40.4 Ma)

• Horizon lies between the Bitterfeld main coal seam and the Breitenfeld seam. Bitterfeld amber formerly given a Miocene age (Sporomorph zone IIIA) but is actually redeposited Baltic amber.

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marine; amber and massive, sandy claystone

• Amber producing horizon consists of a series of massive sandy-clay lenses.

Size class: mesofossils

• Animal is complete with body length 2mm. Interpreted as adult female

Preservation: soft parts, amber

Reposited in the MfN

• Collection time is believed post 1955

Primary reference: J. A. Dunlop and G. Giribet. 2003. The First Fossil Cyphophthalmid (Arachnida, Opiliones) from Bitterfeld Amber, Germany. The Journal of Arachnology 31(3):371-378 [J. Alroy/B. Mamo/M. Clapham] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 109766: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Briony Mamo on 26.05.2011

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