Massif de la Loube (Jurassic to of France)

Where: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France (43.3° N, 6.0° E: paleocoordinates 32.4° N, 17.1° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Opalinum ammonoid zone, Toarcian to Toarcian (182.7 - 170.3 Ma)

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: open shallow subtidal; fine-grained limestone

• Seas of the lower Aalenian had communication with the open ocean, but became more cut off and lagoonal, favoring dolomite formation, in the upper Aalenian.
• Undulating gray limestone with a rich invertebrate fauna, ferruginous bands, fine-grained with few ammonites around the ichthyosaur remains, becoming finely bedded with distinct ammonite horizons, becomming dolomitic

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by C. Monleau, M. Arnaud

Primary reference: M. Arnaud, C. Monleau, and S. Wenz. 1976. Découverte de restes d'ichthyosaure dans l'Aalenien du Massif de la Loube (Var) [Discovery of ichthyosaur remains in the Aalenian of the Loube Massif (Var)]. Bulletin du Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Marseille 36:17-18 [M. Carrano/H. Street/M. Carrano]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 106465: authorized by Matthew Carrano, entered by Hallie Street on 18.03.2011

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Taxonomic list

 Pectinida - Pectinoidae
Pectinidae indet. Wilkes 1810 scallop
 Ammonitida - Graphoceratidae
Ludwigia murchisonae Sowerby 1829 ammonite
Brasilia sp. ammonite
Leioceras striatum Buckman 1899 ammonite
 Ammonitida - Hildoceratidae
Tmetoceras cf. scissum Benecke 1865 ammonite
Pleydellia sp. ammonite
 Ichthyosauria -