Spathorhynchus fossorium Type Localitiy (Eocene of the United States)

Where: Sweetwater County, Wyoming (46.1° N, 109.8° W: paleocoordinates 50.0° N, 95.0° W)

• coordinate stated in text

When: Bridger Formation, Bridgerian (50.3 - 46.2 Ma)

• "Well below top of Horizon B and not far above contact with shales of Green River Formation."

•Type locality: "Low exposures on the east side of Twin Buttes..., near Manila road, Sweetwater County, Wyoming.

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; lithology not reported

Size class: macrofossils

Reposited in the CM, USNM

Primary reference: D. S. Berman. 1973. Spathorhynchus fossorium, a middle Eocene amphisbaenian (Reptilia) from Wyoming. Copeia 1973(4):704-721 [C. Bell/C. Bell]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 136094: authorized by Chris Bell, entered by Chris Bell on 17.11.2012

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Taxonomic list

 Squamata - Rhineuridae
Spathorhynchus fossorium n. gen. n. sp.
Spathorhynchus fossorium n. gen. n. sp. Berman 1973 worm lizard
Holotype USNM 26317, a complete skull with attached mandibles, articulated portions of vertebral column totaling about 19 trunk vertebrae, many with associated ribs, right first ceratobranchial