Oeningen (Muri Monastery collection) (Miocene of Germany)

Where: Baden-Württemberg, Germany (47.7° N, 8.9° E: paleocoordinates 47.9° N, 7.8° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Upper Oehningen beds Member (Upper Freshwater-Molasse Formation), Sarmatian (12.7 - 11.6 Ma)

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: lacustrine - large; lithified limestone

• "Rising into massive mountains, as in the well-known Righi and Rossberg, they attain a thickness of more than 6000 feet. While they include proofs of the presenceof the sea, they have preserved with marvellous perfection a large number of the plants which clothed the Alps, and of the insects which flitted through the woodlands. They form part of a great series of deposits which have been termed “Molasse” by the Swiss geologists." Geikie, 1882

•"...deposited in the Northern Alpine Foreland basin..." Uhl et al., 2006

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Preservation: mold/impression, adpression

Collection methods: Now in the Natural History collection at Aarau

Primary reference: O. Heer. 1847. Die Insektenfauna der Tertiärgebilde von Oeningen und von Radoboj in Croatien. Erster Theil: Käfer 1-229 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 122210: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 19.12.2011

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Taxonomic list

 Coleoptera - Elateridae
Adelocera granulata n. sp. Heer 1847 click beetle
 Coleoptera - Curculionidae
Cleonus larinoides Heer 1847 snout beetle
 Coleoptera - Carabidae
Badister debilis n. sp. Heer 1847 ground beetle
 Coleoptera - Dytiscidae
"Dytiscus zschokkeanus n. sp." = Hydaticus zschokkeanus
"Dytiscus zschokkeanus n. sp." = Hydaticus zschokkeanus Heer 1847 predaceous diving beetle