Rhaetic Bone Bed, Aust Cliff (Triassic of the United Kingdom)

Where: England, United Kingdom (51.6° N, 2.6° W: paleocoordinates 36.1° N, 0.8° E)

• coordinate stated in text

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Avicula contorta zone, Westbury Formation (Penarth Group), Rhaetian (208.5 - 201.3 Ma)

• Bonebed is at the base of the Westbury Formation

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: coastal; lenticular, sandy conglomerate

• marine coastal conditions, possibly a result of a storm or the Rhaeitian transgression
• "lenses of grit or intra-formational conglomerate (or breccia) of sedimentary rocks with a calcite-cemented sandy matrix"

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Preservation: trace, replaced with phosphate, coprolite

Collected by Johnson; reposited in the BGS, BMNH

Collection methods: core, quarrying, mechanical,

Primary reference: R. Owen. 1842. Report on British fossil reptiles, part II. Report of the British Association for the Advancement of Science 11:60-204 [M. Carrano/M. Carrano/M. Carrano]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 57958: authorized by Matthew Carrano, entered by Kaitlin Maguire on 11.01.2006, edited by Matthew Clapham, Roger Benson, Matthew Carrano and Richard Butler

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Hybodontiformes - Lonchidiidae
Lissodus sp.1, "Acrodus minimus" = Lissodus minimus4
Lissodus sp.1 Brough 1935 elasmobranch
"Acrodus minimus" = Lissodus minimus4 Agassiz 1839 elasmobranch
 Saurichthyiformes - Saurichthyidae
Saurichthys acuminatus n. sp.7 Agassiz 1844
 Perleidiformes - Colobodontidae
? Colobodus sp.4 Agassiz 1843
 Dipnoi - Ceratodontidae
Ceratodus sp.4 Agassiz 1838 lungfish
 Archosauria -
Archosauria indet.5 archosaur
BMNH 23812, pedal elements
 Saurischia -
Camelotia sp.5 Galton 1985 saurischian
BRSMG Ca9358, fragment of large limb bone
 Theropoda -
Theropoda indet.2 theropod
Theropod teeth
 Choristodera -
Pachystropheus rhaeticus n. sp.1 von Huene 1935 choristodere
 Sauropterygia -
Plesiosaurus costatus n. sp.3 Owen 1840 plesiosaur
BRSMG Cb 2457 (destroyed holotype)
Plesiosaurus trigonus6 Cuvier 1824 plesiosaur
 Diapsida -
Rysosteus sp. n. gen.
Rysosteus sp. n. gen. Owen 1842 diapsid
anterior dorsal vertebra, Johnson coll. no. 177