Vaches Noires (BMNH) (Jurassic of France)

Where: Basse-Normandie, France (49.3° N, 0.0° W: paleocoordinates 39.5° N, 10.2° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Marnes de Dives Formation, Late/Upper Callovian (164.7 - 161.2 Ma)

• "Argile de Dives" presumably = Marnes de Dives

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marine; claystone

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by Tesson in the 1850s; reposited in the BMNH

Primary reference: R. Lydekker. 1888. Catalogue of the Fossil Reptilia and Amphibia in the British Museum (Natural History). Part I. Containing the Orders Ornithosauria, Crocodilia, Dinosauria, Squamata, Rhynchocephalia, and Proterosauria. British Museum (Natural History), London 1-309 [M. Carrano/M. Carrano/M. Uhen]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 52633: authorized by Matthew Carrano, entered by Matthew Carrano on 12.08.2005, edited by Roger Benson

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Saurischia - Megalosauridae
Megalosaurus "sp. a" Parkinson 1822 tetanuran
dorsal vertebra
 Loricata - Metriorhynchidae
cf. Tyrannoneustes sp.2 Young et al. 2013 marine crocodile
NHMUK-PV OR 32643, 32644, 32648: isolated teeth
 Sauropterygia - Pliosauridae
"Pliosaurus ferox" = Liopleurodon ferox1
"Pliosaurus ferox" = Liopleurodon ferox1 Sauvage 1873 plesiosaur
BMNH 32648, a posterior tooth, purchased 1857