Wainibuku Cave, Viti Levu (Holocene of Fiji)

Where: Fiji (18.1° S, 178.5° E: paleocoordinates 18.1° S, 178.5° E)

• coordinate stated in text

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Holocene (0.0 - 0.0 Ma)

• "...the fossils are not necessarily very old as they were only 2-3 m above present stream level. The fossils are thought to have derived from a passage now blocked by flowstone, that presumably took about 3,000-4,000 years to form."

Environment/lithology: cave; unlithified claystone

• The fossils were found "buried in anaerobic clays below bat guano.."

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: surface (float),

Primary reference: T. H. Worthy. 2000. The fossil megapodes (Aves: Megapodiidae) of Fiji with descriptions of a new genus and two new species. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand 30:337-364 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 27077: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Robin Whatley on 16.11.2002, edited by Matthew Clapham

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Taxonomic list

Aves
 Ornithurae - Sylviornithidae
Megavitiornis altirostris Worthy 2000 bird
 Columbiformes - Columbidae
Natunaornis gigoura2 Worthy 2001 Viti Levu giant pigeon
Ducula sp.2 Hodgson 1836 imperial pigeon
"large Ducula"
 Gruiformes - Rallidae
"Nesoclopeus poicilopterus" = Nesoclopeus poecilopterus3, "? Nesoclopeus poicilopterus" = Nesoclopeus poecilopterus3
"Nesoclopeus poicilopterus" = Nesoclopeus poecilopterus3 Hartlaub 1866 bar-winged rail
"? Nesoclopeus poicilopterus" = Nesoclopeus poecilopterus3 Hartlaub 1866 bar-winged rail
Reptilia
 Crocodylia - Crocodylidae
Volia athollandersoni n. gen. n. sp.1
Volia athollandersoni n. gen. n. sp.1 Molnar et al. 2002 crocodile