Basse Montagne Quarry, Moutier (Jurassic of Switzerland)

Where: Bern, Switzerland (47.3° N, 7.4° E: paleocoordinates 38.3° N, 16.3° E)

• coordinate stated in text

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Reuchenette Formation, Early/Lower Kimmeridgian (155.7 - 150.8 Ma)

• Lower Virgulian, now lower part of Reuchenette Fm., early Kimmeridgian ("sensu gallico")

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: lacustrine - small; lenticular, concretionary, green, calcareous, carbonaceous marl

• "deposition in an ephemeral lake without transport by currents"
• "a greenish lens of marls and limestone...Removed matrix contained charcoal remains as well as fist-sized rhizolith concretions embedded in a clay matrix."

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Preservation: soft parts

Collected by Greppin in the 1860s

Collection methods: quarrying, mechanical, peel or thin section,

Primary reference: J.-B. Greppin. 1870. Description géologique du Jura Bernois et de quelques districts adjacents, compris dans la feuille VII de l'Atlas Fédéral [Geological description of the Bernese Jura and several adjacent districts, included in sheet VII of the Federal Atlas]. Materiaux pour la Carte Géologique de La Suisse 8:1-357 [M. Carrano/M. Carrano]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 49653: authorized by Matthew Carrano, entered by Matthew Carrano on 21.04.2005

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Taxonomic list

Reptilia
 Saurischia -
? Sauropoda indet.1 sauropod
NMNB MH 353
Ornithopsis greppini n. sp.1 Huene 1922 sauropod
NMNB MH 260, 341, 349, 372 (orig. part of M. meriani type)
Megalosaurus meriani n. sp. Greppin 1870 ceratosaur
tooth, NMNB MH 350
 Loricata -
Machimosaurus hugii2 Meyer 1837 marine crocodile
NMNB MH 352, 354, 355