Voli Voli Cave, site 1, Viti Levu (Pleistocene of Fiji)

Where: Fiji (18.2° S, 177.5° E: paleocoordinates 18.2° S, 177.5° E)

• coordinate stated in text

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Late/Upper Pleistocene (0.1 - 0.0 Ma)

• Cave infill. "Preliminary optically stimulated luminescent dates from voli Voli Cave indicate an age of 10,000-20,000 years ago for the fossiliferous clay (Anderson et al., 2001).

Environment/lithology: cave; unlithified claystone

• "fossils are buried in massive unstructured sediment so fluvial deposition is unlikely. The slickensides in the matrix indicate wetting and drying..."
• "consolidated lateritic clay, which forms part of a once more extensive cave infill." Clay has internal slickensides.

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: surface (float),

Primary reference: T. H. Worthy, A. J. Anderson, and R. E. Molnar. 1999. Megafaunal expression in a land without mammals - the first fossil faunas from terrestrial deposits in Fiji (Vertebrata: Amphibia, Reptilia, Aves. Senckenbergiana biologica 79(2):237-242 [E. Vlachos/E. Vlachos]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 26129: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Robin Whatley on 04.10.2002, edited by Evangelos Vlachos and Matthew Clapham

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Taxonomic list

unclassified
  -
Osteichthyes
 Salientia -
Anura indet. Fischer von Waldheim 1813 frog
Reptilia
 Testudinata -
Testudinata indet. turtle
tortoise or similar to Meiolania
Aves
 Galliformes - Megapodiidae
Megapodius amissus2 Worthy 2000 scrubfowl
 Ornithurae - Sylviornithidae
Megavitiornis altirostris2 Worthy 2000 bird
 Columbiformes - Columbidae
Natunaornis gigoura3 Worthy 2001 Viti Levu giant pigeon
Ducula sp.3 Hodgson 1836 imperial pigeon
"large Ducula"
 Gruiformes - Rallidae
Vitirallus watlingi4 Worthy 2004 Viti Levu rail
Reptilia
 Loricata -
Crocodylia indet. crocodilian
Probably new endemic taxon
 Crocodylia - Crocodylidae
Volia athollandersoni1 Molnar et al. 2002 crocodile
 Squamata - Iguanidae
Brachylophus vitiensis Gibbons 1980 Fiji crested iguana
pelvis, tibia, dentary with tooth row