Montchenot West (Paleocene of France)

Also known as Les Monts-Martin; Mont-Chenot

Where: Champagne-Ardenne, France (49.3° N, 4.0° E: paleocoordinates 43.8° N, 1.6° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: MP6 mammal zone, Thanetian (59.2 - 56.0 Ma)

• Marnes de Montchenot

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: pond; marl

• "a calm, yet not completely stagnant, freshwater milieu"

•"in a relatively quiet environment, probably a pond behind a dune belt … where the slow movement of waves on the shorelines induced the regular turning over of the oncolithes"

•"quiet freshwater milieu and are suggestive of coastal marshes"

Size class: mesofossils

Collected by J.-L. Pellouin; reposited in the MNHN

Primary reference: M. Jehle, M. Godinot, D. Delsate, A. Phélizon, and J.-L. Pellouin. 2012. A new late Paleocene micromammal fauna from Montchenot (Paris Basin). Preliminary results. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments 92:487-496 [P. Mannion/P. Mannion]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 137126: authorized by Philip Mannion, entered by Philip Mannion on 11.12.2012, edited by Patricia Holroyd

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

• The full taxonomic list for Montchenot West is not provided in Jehle et al. (2012) - only those taxa explicitly stated as coming from this locality (rather than Montchenot East or a combined Montchenot fauna) are listed.

•Almost all mammal specimens found at Montchenot are isolated teeth, mainly of micromammals. A maxillary with P3–M3 of a louisinine “condylarth” and a few other specimens with associated dental remains demonstrate the potential of these sites for delivering more complete fossil remains. More than 400 dental mammal specimens identifiable at least to genus level are currently available. Only few mammalian postcranial remains have been recovered up to now.

 Primates - Plesiadapidae
Plesiadapis remensis Lemoine 1887 primate
Plesiadapis tricuspidens Gervais 1877 primate
 Primates -
Berruvius lasseroni Russell 1964 primate
 Macroscelidea - Louisinidae
Dipavali petri Russell 1964 elephant shrew
 Multituberculata - Neoplagiaulacidae
Cernaysia manueli multituberculate
Neoplagiaulax nicolai multituberculate
Neoplagiaulax copei multituberculate
Neoplagiaulax eocaenus multituberculate
Neoplagiaulax sylvani multituberculate