TU 958 - Cativa [lower Gatun Fm] (Miocene of Panama)

Where: Panama (9.4° N, 79.8° W: paleocoordinates 9.1° N, 78.5° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: lower Gatun Member (Gatun Formation), Tortonian (11.6 - 7.2 Ma)

• STRATIGRAPHIC RELATIONS: From the Gatun Fm, which regionally overlies the Caimito Fm or Mesozoic basement. AGE: Late Miocene, on the basis of microfossil biostratigraphy (see Collins and Coates, 1999), refined by enterer to Tortonian based on more recent dating (Hendy, 2012). Sr dating for nearby sections indicates an age of approximately 10.9 Ma (Hendy, unpublished data).. STRATIGRAPHIC POSITION: From unknown position within formation.

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: coastal; unlithified, shelly/skeletal, sandy siltstone

• ENVIRONMENT: Shallow-marine, siliciclastic environment.
• SPECIFIC LITHOLOGY: Sandy mudstone. LITHIFICATION: Poorly-lithified, based on observations of material.

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: original aragonite

Collected by Vokes & Vokes; reposited in the USNM

Collection methods: surface (in situ),


Primary reference: E. H. Vokes and H. E. Vokes. 2000. Catalogue of Tulane University fossil localities. Unpublished notes [A. Hendy/A. Hendy/P. Wagner]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 92445: authorized by Austin Hendy, entered by Austin Hendy on 13.11.2009

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Taxonomic list

• COVERAGE: Limited to Trajana (Nassariidae) described in text, and subsequent publications. NOMENCLATURE: Authoritative publication with modern nomenclature and species-resolution identifications.
 Neogastropoda - Nassariidae
Trajana (Nerva) woodringi5 Vokes 1969 snail
 Neogastropoda - Cancellariidae
"Trigonostoma (Ventrilia) sacellum n. sp." = Ventrilia sacellum4
"Trigonostoma (Ventrilia) sacellum n. sp." = Ventrilia sacellum4 Petit 1976 snail
 Neogastropoda - Muricidae
"Typhis (Talityphis) obesus" = Typhina obesa2 Gabb 1873 murex snail
Typhis (Talityphis) eucteanus6 Woodring 1970 murex snail
Eupleura prenitida n. sp.7 Vokes 1989 murex snail
Eupleura thompsoni7 Woodring 1959 murex snail
 Tonnoidea - Personidae
Distorsio decussata1 Valenciennes 1832 snail
 Tonnoidea - Bursidae
Bursa rugosa1 Sowerby 1835 frog shell
Bursa rugosa3 Sowerby 1835 frog shell