Falougha outcrop, Caza Baabda (Cretaceous of Lebanon)

Also known as Lebanese amber

Where: Lebanon (33.8° N, 35.7° E: paleocoordinates 9.4° N, 32.0° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Early/Lower Barremian (130.0 - 125.5 Ma)

• Amber found in three intervals in the upper part of the Grès du Liban, dated to early or late Barremian based on stratigraphic position relative to marker beds "Banc de Mrejatt" and pisolitic interval. Age based on benthic foraminifera, calcareous algae, and charophytes. Pisolitic marker bed is present at Falougha, but the precise age of the amber-bearing unit (whether above or below the bed is not given (Maksoud et al., 2016).

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; lithified amber

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Preservation: soft parts, original chitin, amber

Collection methods: Repository: Natural History Museum of the Lebanese University, Faculty of Sciences II, Fanar, Lebanon. Discovered by Dany Azar and Sibelle Maksoud in 2012.

Primary reference: A. V. Kovalev, A. G. Kirejtshuk, and D. Azar. 2013. The oldest representatives of the family Throscidae (Coleoptera: Elateriformia) from the Lower Cretaceous Lebanese amber. Cretaceous Research 44:157-165 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 146535: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 26.06.2013

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Insecta
 Psocodea - Pachytroctidae
Libaneuphoris jantopi n. gen. n. sp.1
Libaneuphoris jantopi n. gen. n. sp.1 Azar et al. 2015 thick barklouse
FAL-11A
 Dicondylia - Blattulidae
Blattulidae indet.2 Vishnyakova 1982 winged insect
FAL-3C
 Coleoptera - Throscidae
Throscidae "gen. et. sp. 1" Laporte 1840 beetle
FAL-3B