Also known as USGS 5903
Where: Panama (9.2° N, 79.6° W: paleocoordinates 8.8° N, 77.8° W)
• coordinate estimated from map
• outcrop-level geographic resolution
When: Alhajuela Formation, Middle Miocene (16.0 - 11.6 Ma)
• The Caimito Formation in Madden Basin includes both Oligocene and lower Miocene deposits. The thickness in the basin appears to be 450 m. The deposits now referred to the Caimito Formation were initially designated the Culebra Formation, Emperaqdor Limestone, Caimito Formation, and Gatun Formation. Five members are tentatively recognized in the Caimito Formation. Two members are grouped as the lower part, the upper three members form the upper part. In stratigraphic order these include: basal calcareous sandstone-siltstone member (200 m) overlies the Bohio Formation, or laps onto the Gatuncillo Formation; the pyroclastic-clay member (50 m); Chilibrillo Limestone member (150 m); calcareous sandstone member (30 m); Alhajuela Sandstone member (85 m). The lower part of the Caimito Fm (2 basal members) is late Oligocene, the upper part (3 upper members) is early Miocene; Alhajuela Sandstone revised to formation rank in subsequent publications.
• bed-level stratigraphic resolution
Environment/lithology: coastal; poorly lithified, fine-grained, coarse, tuffaceous sandstone
Size class: macrofossils
Reposited in the USNM
Collection methods: quarrying,
• Collected by Reeves and Ross (1930). Material is also held (but not specified for any specific collection) at Stanford University, Acad. Nat. Sci. Phil., Corenell University, PRI, U. Cal. and Cal. Acad. Sci. Locality now unaccessible (submerged).
Primary reference: W. P. Woodring. 1957. Geology and Paleontology of Canal Zone and adjoining parts of Panama. United States Geological Survey Professional Paper 306(A) [A. Miller/A. Hendy/A. Hendy]more details
Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis
PaleoDB collection 42598: authorized by Austin Hendy, entered by Austin Hendy on 03.08.2004
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