Payne Creek Mine (Latest Hemphillian, marine) (Pliocene of the United States)

Also known as TRO Quarry

Where: Polk County, Florida (27.9° N, 81.8° W: paleocoordinates 28.0° N, 81.0° W)

• coordinate based on political unit

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Bone Valley Member (Peace River Formation), Zanclean (5.3 - 3.6 Ma)

• Morgan (1994) lists the age as latest Hemphillian (Zanclean, early Pliocene); upper beds

• member-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marginal marine; pebbly, phosphatic, argillaceous, sandy sandstone

Size class: macrofossils

Primary reference: G. S. Morgan. 1994. Miocene and Pliocene marine mammal faunas from the Bone Valley Formation of central Florida. Contributions in Marine Mammal Paleontology Honoring Frank C. Whitmore Jr., Proceedings of the San Diego Society of Natural History 29:239-268 [J. Alroy/J. Alroy/M. Uhen]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 154720: authorized by Mark Uhen, entered by Mark Uhen on 05.03.2014

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Carnivora - Odobenidae
"Trichecodon huxleyi" = Ontocetus emmonsi
"Trichecodon huxleyi" = Ontocetus emmonsi Leidy 1859 walrus
 Carnivora - Phocidae
Callophoca obscura Van Beneden 1876 seal
 Cetacea -
"Balaenoptera floridana" = Balaena cortesii
"Balaenoptera floridana" = Balaena cortesii Fischer 1829 whale
 Cetacea - Kogiidae
Kogiidae indet. Miller 1923 pygmy sperm whale
 Cetacea - Iniidae
Goniodelphis hudsoni Allen 1941 toothed whale
 Cetacea - Pontoporiidae
Pontoporiidae indet. Gray 1870 toothed whale
 Cetacea - Ziphiidae
Mesoplodon sp. Gervais 1850 beaked whale
Ninoziphius platyrostris Muizon 1983 beaked whale