Rocha-Pelejón, RPAH (Galve syncline) (Cretaceous of Spain)

Also known as Rocha Pelejon, Teruel, Spain

Where: Teruel, Spain (40.7° N, 0.7° W: paleocoordinates 31.0° N, 9.0° E)

• coordinate based on political unit

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: El Castellar Formation, Late/Upper Hauterivian (136.4 - 130.0 Ma)

• Can't find reference to "Unit 3/4" in Diaz and Yebenez 1987. Comments below refer to units 3 and 4.

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: deltaic; sandy siliciclastic sediments and mixed carbonate-siliciclastic

• "Unit 3 is characterized by the disappearance of the carbonate facies and predominance of mudstones. This is interpreted as a muddy intertidal flat deposit...Despite a large discontinuity existing within unit 3, or at its upper or lower boundaries, the intertidal facies can be integrated withing[sic].." terregenous delta-derived material prograding into a shallow lagoon (Diaz et al. 1987). Unit 4: "This facies correspond to shallow coastal lagoon deposits, formed in fresh to brackish water (Diaz et al. 1987)"
• Unit 3: Formed predominately of red limes, with rare thick lenses of terrigenous deposits (Molina and Yebenes 1987). "The coarser terrigenous material (fine to medium sand) is not typically channelized, but most frequently occurs in lenticular bedding and isolated dunes (Diaz et al. 1984)." Unit 4: "formed by sequences composed of marls and micrites. Carbonate nodules frequently occur within the marls, and the micrites reveal desiccation features." (Diaz et al. 1984) See also Molina and Yebenes 1987.

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Preservation: trace

Collection methods: Material is in the J. M. Herrero collection (Galve).

•Unit 4: abundant Charophytes, Bivalves, Gastropods, fish teeth and vertebrate remains.

Primary reference: A. D. Buscalioni and J. L. Sanz. 1987. Cocodrilos del Cretacico Inferior de Galve (Teruel, España). Estudios Geologicos (Madrid) extr.:23-43 [J. Alroy/R. Whatley/J. Alroy]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 36378: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Robin Whatley on 27.01.2004, edited by Matthew Carrano and Philip Mannion

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Taxonomic list

 Testudines -
Testudines indet.1 Batsch 1788 turtle
 Loricata -
Mesoeucrocodylia indet.1 Whetstone and Whybrow 1983 crocodilian
 Loricata - Goniopholididae
Goniopholis cf. crassidens Owen 1842 crocodilian
 Loricata -
Neosuchia indet.1 Clark 1988 crocodilian
Bernissartia sp.1 Dollo 1883 crocodilian
aff. Theriosuchus sp.2 Owen 1878 crocodilian