Thaba 'Nyama, Herschel (zone A/6) (Triassic of South Africa)

Also known as Melanorosaurus type, Black Mountain, Thabanyama-Bensonvale

Where: Eastern Cape, South Africa (30.6° S, 27.4° E: paleocoordinates 51.2° S, 1.9° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Lower Member (Elliot Formation), Norian (228.0 - 208.5 Ma)

• near base of Red Beds = lower Elliot Fm. Lower Elliot Fm. is dated as Norian (McPhee et al. 2014)

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; poorly lithified, red mudstone and sandstone

• "[The bones] were lying isolated and embedded in a soft red mudstone below a sandstone band not far above the base of the Red Beds...[the femur was] lying partly embedded in the overlying sandstone."

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: quarrying, surface (float), surface (in situ),

Primary reference: S. H. Haughton. 1924. The fauna and stratigraphy of the Stormberg Series. Annals of the South African Museum 12:323-497 [M. Carrano/M. Carrano/M. Carrano]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 36704: authorized by Matthew Carrano, entered by Matthew Carrano on 10.02.2004

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Saurischia -
Melanorosaurus readi n. gen. n. sp.
Melanorosaurus readi n. gen. n. sp. Haughton 1924 sauropodomorph
SAM 3449-3450