Fern Sink Cave (surface deposits) (Holocene of Bermuda)

Also known as Grand Canyon Cave

Where: Bermuda (32.3° N, 64.7° W: paleocoordinates 32.4° N, 64.7° W)

• coordinate stated in text

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Holocene (0.0 - 0.0 Ma)

• The deposits consist of a thin surface veneer of Holocene sediments and fossils, as evidenced by shells typical of modern-type Poecilozonites bermudensis along with bird bones, overlying a glacial soil as indicated by the presence of shells of P.nelsoni.

Environment/lithology: cave; unlithified sandstone

Size class: microfossils

Preservation: original phosphate, original carbon

Reposited in the USNM

Primary reference: F. V. Grady and S. L. Olson. 2006. Fossil bats from Quaternary deposits on Bermuda (Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae). Journal of Mammalogy 87:148-152 [M. Uhen/O. Gjata/M. Uhen]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 94307: authorized by Mark Uhen, entered by Ornela Gjata on 16.02.2010, edited by Matthew Clapham

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Taxonomic list

 Chiroptera - Vespertilionidae
Pipistrellus subflavus Cuvier 1832 eastern pipistrelle bat
 Passeriformes - Passerellidae
Pipilo naufragus3 Olson and Wingate 2012 Bermuda towhee
 Pelecaniformes - Ardeidae
Nyctanassa carcinocatactes2 Olson and Wingate 2006 Bermuda night heron
 Accipitriformes - Accipitridae
Bermuteo avivorus1 Olson 2008 Bermuda hawk