Stratford Bluffs, Zone 14-16 (Miocene of the United States)

Also known as Stratford Cliffs, Big Meadow

Where: Westmoreland County, Virginia (38.2° N, 76.8° W: paleocoordinates 38.4° N, 73.6° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

When: Calvert Beach Member (Calvert Formation), Langhian (16.0 - 13.8 Ma)

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: offshore; brown, yellow, sandy claystone

• relatively non-diverse mollusc assemblage, open-marine, shallow shelf, quiet water, soft bottom; embayment, short-term eustatic transgression events, long-term regression trend
• no lithological description given

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: original phosphate

Reposited in the USNM

Collection methods: surface (in situ),

Primary reference: R. Kellogg. 1965. A new whalebone whale from the Miocene Calvert Formation. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 247(1):1-45 [M. Uhen/M. Uhen/M. Uhen]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 45508: authorized by Mark Uhen, entered by Mark Uhen on 26.10.2004

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Actinopteri
 Acanthomorphata - Malacanthidae
Lopholatilus ereborensis1 Carnevale and Godfrey 2014
Aves
 Charadriiformes - Panalcidae
Miocepphus mcclungi7 Wetmore 1940 auk
Mammalia
 Carnivora - Phocidae
"Leptophoca cf. proxima" = Leptophoca proxima2, "Leptophoca lenis" = Leptophoca proxima4
"Leptophoca cf. proxima" = Leptophoca proxima2 Van Beneden 1876 seal
"Leptophoca lenis" = Leptophoca proxima4 Van Beneden 1876 seal
 Mysticeti - Cetotheriidae
Cetotheriidae indet.6 Brandt 1872 whale
 Balaenopteroidea -
Aglaocetus patulus n. sp.3 Kellogg 1968 whale
 Mysticeti -
Pelocetus calvertensis Kellogg 1965 whale
 Odontoceti - Kentriodontidae
Delphinodon sp.6 Leidy 1869 toothed whale
cf. Kentriodon sp.6 Kellogg 1927 toothed whale
 Odontoceti - Eurhinodelphinidae
"Eurhinodelphis ashbyi n. sp." = Xiphiacetus cristatus5
"Eurhinodelphis ashbyi n. sp." = Xiphiacetus cristatus5 Du Bus 1872 toothed whale