Benken (Miocene of Switzerland)

Where: Zurich, Switzerland (47.7° N, 8.7° E: paleocoordinates 47.8° N, 7.0° E)

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When: Burdigalian (20.4 - 16.0 Ma)

Environment/lithology: marine; sandstone

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: original phosphate

Primary reference: G. Pilleri. 1986. The Denticeti of the western Paratethys (Upper Marine Molasse of Switzerland). Investigations on Cetacea 18:11-78 [M. Uhen/M. Uhen/M. Uhen]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 46523: authorized by Mark Uhen, entered by Mark Uhen on 15.01.2005

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Taxonomic list

 Sirenia - Sirenia
Sirenia indet.2 sirenian
 Odontoceti -
Odontoceti indet. toothed whale
Odontoceti indet.1 toothed whale
 Odontoceti - Squalodontidae
Squalodon sp. Grateloup 1840 toothed whale
 Delphinoidea - Delphinidae
Delphinidae indet. Gray 1821 dolphin
 Odontoceti -
Miokogia elongatus Pilleri 1986 toothed whale
 Odontoceti - Eurhinodelphinidae
? Eurhinodelphinidae indet. Abel 1901 toothed whale
Schizodelphis sp. Gervais 1861 toothed whale