Sbeitla (Miocene of Tunisia)

Also known as Beglia Formation

Where: Gafsa, Tunisia (35.0° N, 9.0° E: paleocoordinates 34.8° N, 8.7° E)

• coordinate estimated from map

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Beglia Formation, Late/Upper Miocene (11.6 - 5.3 Ma)

• No information available on location of Sbeitla site within the Beglia Formation. The Beglia Formation is thought to span the earliest Late Miocene (Vindobonian) from approximately 12.5-9.5 Ma.

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: fluvial-lacustrine; poorly lithified, fine-grained, sandy sandstone

• Two fossiliferous levels are known in the Beglia Formation- white sands (inferior) and yellow sands (superior). It is not clear from which level the Sbeitla collection derives.

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: Housed at the Geological Museum of the Geological Survey of Tunisia, Tunis.

Primary reference: E. L. Agrasar. 2003. New fossil crocodilians from the Middle/Upper Miocene of Tunisia. Annales de Paleontologie 89:103-110 [A. Behrensmeyer/S. Cote/S. Cote]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 35275: authorized by Anna Behrensmeyer, entered by Suzanne Cote on 23.11.2003

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Taxonomic list

• Other fauna unknown.
 Crocodylia - Crocodylidae
Crocodylidae indet. Cuvier 1807 crocodile