Merlebach-Béning railway ballast (Carboniferous of France)

Where: France (49.1° N, 6.8° E: paleocoordinates 2.1° S, 14.7° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Sulzbach Formation, Westphalian C (314.6 - 311.4 Ma)

• Found in railway cuttings from "schistes with Sphenophyllum myriophyllum"

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; lithified shale

• Saar-Nahe basin; Half-graben generated by extension on South Hunsruck bounding fault, but with some component of dextral strike-slip transtension in an intermontane setting following the Variscan orogeny

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: mold/impression

Collected by Grimaud in 1925

Collection methods: surface (float)

• Repository: Musée houiller de l'Université de Lille

Primary reference: G. Waterlot. 1934. Étude de la faune continentale du terrain houiller sarro-lorrain. Thèses Présentées a la Faculté des Sciences de l'Université de Lille 49:1-317 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 153147: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 08.12.2013

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Dicondylia -
Merlebachia grimaudi n. gen. n. sp.
Merlebachia grimaudi n. gen. n. sp. Waterlot 1934 winged insect