Also known as Kupfer-Suhl; Kupferschiefer, Copper Shale
Where: Thuringia, Germany (50.9° N, 10.3° E: paleocoordinates 15.2° N, 22.7° E)
• coordinate based on nearby landmark
• hand sample-level geographic resolution
When: Kupferschiefer Member (Werra Formation), Wuchiapingian (259.9 - 254.2 Ma)
• The Kupferschiefer (T1) is the basalmost unit of the Werra Formation (Z1), the latter being the basalmost formation of the Zechstein Series (Uppermost Permian of Central Europe).
•Brauns et al. (2003) reported a date of 257.3±1.6 Ma (Late Permian/Lopingian: Wuchiapingian) for the Kupferschiefer based on a Re-Os geochronological study. The presence of the conodont Mesogondolella britannica in Kupferschiefer equivalents supports a middle Wuchiapingian age for the Protorosaurus-bearing levels (Legler et al. 2005, 2008).
• bed-level stratigraphic resolution
Environment/lithology: offshore; carbonaceous shale
•"Sedimentation rates during Kupferschiefer deposition were low (5 mm kyr); (Füchtbauer, 1968). The Kupferschiefer is thus interpreted as a condensed section, which formed during maximum flooding (Ross & Ross, 1995; Strohmenger et al., 1996a)." (Becker & Bechstädt, 2006).
Size class: macrofossils
Collected by C. M. Spener in 1706
Collection methods: quarrying,
Primary reference: H. v. Meyer. 1856. Zur Fauna der Vorwelt. Band 3. Saurier aus dem Kupferschiefer der Zechsteinformation 28 p. [J. Mueller/T. Liebrecht/T. Liebrecht]more details
Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis
PaleoDB collection 93033: authorized by Johannes Mueller, entered by Torsten Liebrecht on 22.12.2009
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