beach west of Muir Creek (Oligocene of Canada)

Where: British Columbia, Canada (48.5° N, 124.3° W: paleocoordinates 48.2° N, 115.4° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

When: Sooke Formation, Late/Upper Oligocene (28.4 - 23.0 Ma)

Environment/lithology: marine; lithology not reported

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by Ira Cornwall in 1922-1924

• These specimens were amassed by Ira Cornwall sometime between 1922 and 1924, and were donated to the USNM in 1924. It is unclear who collected them, but they are listed as having come from the "beach to the west of Muir Creek". Stratigraphy of these localities is complex, and it is uncertain if they came from the same strata as the Kirby Creek Cornwallius specimens or the Muir Creek Desmostylus hesperus specimens.

Primary reference: B. L. Beatty. 2006. Rediscovered specimens of Cornwallius (Mammalia, Desmostylia), from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology 2006(1):1-6 [B. Beatty/B. Beatty]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 91214: authorized by Brian Beatty, entered by Brian Beatty on 11.09.2009

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Taxonomic list

 Perissodactyla - Desmostylidae
Cornwallius sookensis Cornwall 1922 desmostylian
USNM 11075 and USNM 11076