The Earthquakes (Oligocene of New Zealand)

Where: North Otago, New Zealand (44.9° S, 170.6° E: paleocoordinates 51.1° S, 174.9° W)

• coordinate stated in text

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Maerewhenua Member (Otekaike Limestone Formation), Duntroonian (27.3 - 25.2 Ma)

• upper Duntroonian

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marine; lithified limestone

• massive limestone with sparse macrofossils

Size classes: macrofossils, microfossils

Preservation: original phosphate

Collection methods: quarrying, mechanical,

• Fossils deposited at the Otogo University Museum

Primary reference: R. E. Fordyce. 1994. Waipatia maerewhenua, New Genus and New Species, Waipatiidae, New Family, an archaic late Oligocene dolphin (Cetacea: Odontoceti: Platanistoidea) from New Zealand. Contributions in Marine Mammal Paleontology Honoring Frank C. Whitmore Jr., Proceedings of the San Diego Society of Natural History 29:147-176 [M. Uhen/M. Uhen/M. Uhen]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 45450: authorized by Mark Uhen, entered by Mark Uhen on 23.10.2004

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Sphenisciformes -
Kairuku sp.1 Ksepka et al. 2012 penguin
 Sphenisciformes - Spheniscidae
Spheniscidae indet.2 Bonaparte 1831 penguin
 Mysticeti - Aetiocetidae
Waharoa ruwhenua n. sp.3 Boessenecker and Fordyce 2015 whale
 Odontoceti - Waipatiidae
Waipatia maerewhenua n. gen. n. sp.
Waipatia maerewhenua n. gen. n. sp. Fordyce 1994 toothed whale