Bells Bridge (Pliocene of the United States)

Where: Edgecombe County, North Carolina (35.9° N, 77.6° W: paleocoordinates 36.0° N, 76.7° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

When: Yorktown Formation (Chesapeake Group), Pliocene (5.3 - 2.6 Ma)

• Yorktown Formation identified from NC geologic map

• formation-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: shallow subtidal; argillaceous sandstone

• brackish, shallow, warm to temperate, nearshore

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: original phosphate

Primary reference: E. D. Cope. 1870. Fourth contribution to the history of the fauna of the Miocene and Eocene periods of the United States. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 11:285-294 [M. Uhen/M. Uhen/M. Uhen]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 49983: authorized by Mark Uhen, entered by Mark Uhen on 03.05.2005

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Cardiida - Veneridae
Mclellania aenigma2 Wilson 1983 venus clam
 Carnivora - Odobenidae
Ontocetus emmonsi1 Leidy 1859 walrus
 Mysticeti - Cetotheriidae
"Eschrichtius polyporus n. sp." = Cetotherium polyporum
"Eschrichtius polyporus n. sp." = Cetotherium polyporum Cope 1869 whale