Besom Farm Quarry, Shropshire - 'upper Cornstone' (Devonian of the United Kingdom)

Where: England, United Kingdom (52.7° N, 2.8° W: paleocoordinates 25.0° S, 8.7° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Lochkovian (419.2 - 410.8 Ma)

• STRATIGRAPHIC RELATIONS: From the upper part of the Ditton Series. Otherwise no lithostratigraphic data is reported. AGE: Upper Dittonian, early Devonian; here placed in Lochkovian. STRATIGRAPHIC POSITION: From "Lower Cornstone"

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marine; lithified conglomerate

• SPECIFIC LITHOLOGY: Intraclast conglomerate, cross-bedded. LITHIFICATION: Lithified, on the basis of figured specimens.

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: surface (in situ),

• COLLECTOR: Multiple collectors and collecting events. REPOSITORY: Not stated in text.

Primary reference: D. L. Dineley and S. J. Metcalfe. 1999. Chapter 4. Early Devonian fossil fishes sites of the Welsh Borders. Fossil Fishes of Great Britain 2731 [A. Hendy/A. Hendy/A. Hendy]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 90352: authorized by Austin Hendy, entered by Austin Hendy on 17.07.2009

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

• COVERAGE: Exhaustive for fish faunas. NOMENCLATURE: Not an authoritative publication, but with modern nomenclature, and species-resolution identifications.
 Thelodontida - Coelolepidae
Turinia pagei Powrie 1870
 Cyathaspidiformes - Pteraspididae
Kiaeraspis sp. Stensiö 1927
 Polyspondyli - Onchidae
Onchus ? besomensis White 1961 shark
Onchus wheathillensis White 1961 shark
 Gnathostomata -
Plectrodus sp. Agassiz in Murchison 1839
Listed as "‘Plectrodus' type tooth"
Nodonchus bambusifer White 1961 spiny fish
 Climatiiformes -
Climatiiformes indet. Berg 1940 spiny fish
Listed as "climatiid shoulder girdle"
 Arthrodira - Arctolepidae
cf. Plataspis sp. Westwood 1837 armour-plated fish
 Arthrodira - Actinolepidae
Heightingtonaspis anglica armour-plated fish
Heightingtonaspis willsi armour-plated fish
 Arthrodira -
Wheathillaspis wickhamkingi armour-plated fish