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Walpole Island (Pleistocene of New Caledonia)

Where: Isle of Pines, New Caledonia (22.6° S, 169.0° E: paleocoordinates 23.2° S, 168.9° E)

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When: Pleistocene (2.6 - 0.0 Ma)

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; phosphorite

• The island appears to be composed entirely of coral rock, and has evidently continued to rise, probably in stages, for traces of at least five distinct flat reefs can he seen in the cliffs. There are two main lines of depressions in the surface of the coral rock, approximately at right-angles to one another, and it is in these depressions that the guano (containing the Meiolania bones) is found.

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: Australian Museum, Sydney

Primary reference: C. Anderson. 1925. Notes on the extinct chelonian Meiolania, with a record of a new occurence. Australian Museum Scientific Publications 14(4):223-242 [E. Vlachos/E. Vlachos] more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 185433: authorized by Evangelos Vlachos, entered by Evangelos Vlachos on 23.04.2017

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