Between layers +25 & +30 Ejerslev Molergrav, Mors (Eocene of Denmark)

Also known as Eserslev

Where: Denmark (56.9° N, 8.9° E: paleocoordinates 52.4° N, 5.6° E)

• coordinate estimated from map

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Fur Formation, Ypresian (56.0 - 47.8 Ma)

• Fossils found between layers +25 & +30

•Earliest Early Eocene "An Early Eocene age of 54.04 ± 0.14 Ma has been determined for layer +19 and 54.52 ± 0.05 Ma for layer −17 by the Ar40–Ar39 method (Chambers et al. 2003).

Environment/lithology: offshore ramp; lithified diatomite and volcaniclastic

• The depositional environment was in the Palaeocene–Eocene precursor of the North Sea, which was an almost or entirely enclosed inland body, open to the Atlantic at least at times (Bonde 1997).
• "The Danish insects discussed here are from the marine Fur Formation, about 50-60 m of diatomite and tephra layers, which, with the Ølst Formation, constitute the Mo-clay in the northern Jutland region" Archibald & Makarkin, 2006

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: adpression

Collected by Henrik Madsen & Bent Soe Mikkelsen

Primary reference: S. Andersen. 2001. Silky lacewings (Neuroptera: Psychopsidae) from the Eocene-Paleocene transition of Denmark with a review of the fossil record and comments on phylogeny and zoogeography. Insect Systematics & Evolution 32:419-438 [M. Clapham/J. Karr/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 113029: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Jered Karr on 19.07.2011

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Taxonomic list

 Neuroptera - Polystoechotidae
Palaeopsychops quadratus n. sp.1 Archibald and Makarkin 2006 giant lacewing
GZG 001261/1ab
Palaeopsychops latifasciatus Andersen 2001 giant lacewing
MMSM 14M-3029
Palaeopsychops abruptus Andersen 2001 giant lacewing
MMSM I.863
Palaeopsychops maculatus n. sp. Andersen 2001 giant lacewing
Palaeopsychops angustifasciatus n. sp. Andersen 2001 giant lacewing
 Odonata - Gomphaeschnidae
Gomphaeschna paleocenica n. sp.2 Madsen and Nel 1997 true dragonfly
NR 2 coll. Madsen