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Baltic Amber (Museum Ziemi collection) (Eocene of Poland)

Also known as Museum of the Earth, Polish Academy of Sciences

Where: Poland (54.4° N, 18.6° E: paleocoordinates 53.4° N, 13.9° E)

• local area-level geographic resolution

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, microfossils

Preservation: amber

Collection methods: surface (float)

• Mengea tertiaria found in 1975 on the beach of the baltic sea near Gdansk, in the Amber department of the Museum of the Earth, Polish Academy of Sciences (MZW or MZ PAN)

Primary reference: R. K. Kinzelbach and H. Pohl. 1994. The Fossil Strepsiptera (Insecta: Strepsiptera). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 87(1):59-70 [M. Clapham/J. Karr] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 120813: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Jered Karr on 21.11.2011, edited by Arram Noshirvan, Matthew Clapham, Amy Delelli and Lindy Edwards

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