Paldau (Miocene of Austria)

Where: Austria (46.9° N, 15.8° E: paleocoordinates 46.6° N, 15.6° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Paldau Formation, Tortonian (11.6 - 7.2 Ma)

• "Lower Pannonian [Lower Tortonian, equivalent global stage]... Stratigraphical correlations argue for an age of ca. 11.3 Ma"

•termite was "found close to the top of the outcrop" but there are plant fossils at multiple levels

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: pond; lithified, argillaceous siltstone

• "a complete fluvial fining-upward cycle of a gravel-bed to gravel-sand meandering river" with fossils coming from a bed representing a "eutrophic floodplain pond"
• "in a plant-rich, pelitic layer" indicated to be silt in a figure

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: adpression

Collection methods: Repository: Landesmuseum Joanneum (Universalmuseum Joanneum) collection

Primary reference: M. S. Engel and M. Gross. 2009. A giant termite from the Late Miocene of Styria, Austria (Isoptera). Naturwissenschaften 96:289-295 [J. Alroy/J. Alroy]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 105962: authorized by John Alroy, entered by John Alroy on 27.02.2011, edited by Matthew Clapham

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Blattodea - Archotermopsidae
Gyatermes styriensis n. gen. n. sp.
Gyatermes styriensis n. gen. n. sp. Engel and Gross 2009 termite
LMJ 204.148
 Diptera - Tipulidae
Tipula paleopannonia n. sp.1 Engel and Gross 2012 crane fly
LMJ 204.151
 Odonata - Chlorocyphidae
Chlorocypha cordasevae n. sp.2 Nel et al. 2017 jewel damselfly
UMJG&P 211473