Cossett's Pit, Sydney coalfield, Cape Breton (Carboniferous to of Canada)

Where: Nova Scotia, Canada (46.3° N, 60.2° W: paleocoordinates 6.5° S, 3.1° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Westphalian C to Westphalian C (314.6 - 306.9 Ma)

• "...from a rather lower horizon than that in which the Cape Breton species of Mylacris occurred, or in the lower part of the middle coal formation near the upper limit of the millstone grit." Scudder, 1879

•"Allegheny" age in Handlirsch. Sydney Coalfield considered to range from Westphalian C to Cantabrian in age (Lonchopteris eschweileriana and L. oblique zones).

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; lithified, gray shale

• Maritimes basin; major rift-valley system developed after the Acadian orogeny
• dark grey shale

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: mold/impression

Collected by A. J. Hill

• Repository: McGill University (for some specimens at least)

Primary reference: S. H. Scudder. 1876. New and interesting insects from the Carboniferous of Cape Breton. The Canadian Naturalist and Quarterly Journal of Science 8:88-90 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 122607: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Jered Karr on 03.01.2012

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Blattodea - Archimylacridae
Blattina sepulta n. sp. Scudder 1876 cockroach
Libellula carbonaria
Libellula carbonaria n. sp. Scudder 1876
McGill 3085
  - Alethopteridae
Alethopteris sp. Sternberg 1825