Where: Coconino County, Arizona (35.9° N, 111.2° W: paleocoordinates 15.0° N, 50.5° W)
• coordinate estimated from map
• small collection-level geographic resolution
When: Dinosaur Canyon Member (Moenave Formation), Rhaetian to Rhaetian (208.5 - 199.3 Ma)
• Approximately 30 m below Moenave/Kayenta contact.
•Most of the Moenave Formation is the Dinosaur Canyon Member. In the Moenave type section, near Tuba City, Arizona, all of the Moenave section is Dinosaur Canyon Member, as it is throughout the Moenave outcrop belt along the Echo Cliffs and Ward's Terrace of northern Arizona. However, north of the Grand Canyon in Arizona and in southwestern Utah, the upper part of the Moenave Formation is lacustrine strata. These strata are the Whitmore Point Member.
•Lucas et al. (2011: Palaeo3 302: 194-205) proposed, on the basis of multiple lines of biostratigraphic evidence, that the Triassic–Jurassic boundary is placed within the middle part of the Whitmore Point Member of the Moenave Formation where this member is present, and high in the Dinosaur Canyon Member elsewhere. The "Whitmore Point assemblage" of vertebrate taxa, earliest Jurassic (Hettangian) in age. The underlying "Dinosaur Canyon assemblage", is latest Triassic (Rhaetian) in age.
•Because the stratigraphic position of this site within the Dinosaur Canyon Member is unclear, a Rhaetian–Hettangian age is given.
• bed-level stratigraphic resolution
Environment/lithology: terrestrial; sandstone
Size class: macrofossils
Reposited in the UCMP
Primary reference: J. M. Clark and D. E. Fastovsky. 1986. Vertebrate biostratigraphy of the Glen Canyon Group in northern Arizona. The Beginning of the Age of the Dinosaurs: Faunal change across the Triassic-Jurassic boundary, N. C. Fraser and H.-D. Sues (eds.), Cambridge University Press 285-301 [R. Whatley/R. Whatley/R. Whatley]more details
Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis
PaleoDB collection 137293: authorized by Richard Butler, entered by Richard Butler on 14.12.2012
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