Cerro Los Quesos (Miocene of Peru)

Where: Ica, Peru (14.5° S, 75.7° W: paleocoordinates 14.8° S, 74.3° W)

• coordinate stated in text

• local area-level geographic resolution

When: F Member (Pisco Formation), Messinian (7.2 - 5.3 Ma)

• Messinian age after Lambert et al. 2015 (60319)

• formation-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: lagoonal; diatomaceous siltstone

• high sedimentation rate, shallow-to-deep shelf, upwelling

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils, microfossils

Preservation: soft parts, original phosphate

Primary reference: R. Esperante, L. Brand, K. E. Nick, O. Poma, and M. Urbina. 2008. Exceptional occurrence of fossil baleen in shallow marine sediments of the Neogene Pisco Formation, Southern Peru. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 257:344-360 [M. Uhen/M. Uhen]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taphonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 78518: authorized by Mark Uhen, entered by Mark Uhen on 07.02.2008, edited by Catalina Pimiento

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Mollusca indet.2 Linnaeus 1758
 Lamniformes - Otodontidae
"Carcharodon megalodon" = Otodus megalodon4
"Carcharodon megalodon" = Otodus megalodon4 Agassiz 1843 megalodon
 Mysticeti -
Mysticeti indet. Cope 1891 whale
 Odontoceti -
Acrophyseter sp.3 Lambert et al. 2008 toothed whale
 Odontoceti - Pontoporiidae
Brachydelphis mazeasi2 Muizon 1988 toothed whale
 Odontoceti - Ziphiidae
Nazcacetus urbinai n. gen. n. sp.2, Chavinziphius maxillocristatus n. gen. n. sp.1
Nazcacetus urbinai n. gen. n. sp.2 Lambert et al. 2009 beaked whale
Chavinziphius maxillocristatus n. gen. n. sp.1 Bianucci et al. 2016 beaked whale