Grube Messel Pit, grid square E15, 1 m below to 2 m above alpha (Eocene of Germany)

Where: Hessen, Germany (49.9° N, 8.8° E: paleocoordinates 46.9° N, 4.8° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Messel Formation, MP 11 (48.6 - 40.4 Ma)

• From 1 m below to 2 m above horizon alpha

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: crater lake; lithified claystone

• "A drilling project conducted in 2001 showed that the former Lake Messel was a maar lake, which is a small deep lake that had its origin in an explosive volcanic eruption. The former lake basin had an original diameter of about 1.5 km, and a depth of about 300–400 m (Harms, 2002; Felder & Harms, 2004)."
• "The fossils are embedded in darkly coloured, finely laminated claystone sediments rich in organic substances (‘oil shale’), which were deposited in a meromictic lake (e.g. Goth, 1990)."

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Preservation: adpression, soft parts

Collected in 1984; reposited in the SMF

Collection methods: quarrying,

• Repository: now FIS, Forschungsstation Grube Messel

Primary reference: G. Tröster. 1994. Neue Arten der Gattung Macropunctum (Insecta, Coleoptera, Elateridae) aus der Olschieferfazies der mitteleozänen Messelformation der Grube Messel bei Darmstadt. Palaeontologische Zeitschrift 68:145-162 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 139219: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 09.02.2013

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Coleoptera - Buprestidae
? Dicerca "sp. 1"1, Psiloptera "sp. 1"1, "Psiloptera (Damarsila) transversovittata" = Psiloptera transversovittata1
? Dicerca "sp. 1"1 Eschscholtz 1829 jewel beetle
SMF MeI 1190, 1461
Psiloptera "sp. 1"1 Dejean 1833 jewel beetle
SMF MeI 770, 1156
"Psiloptera (Damarsila) transversovittata" = Psiloptera transversovittata1 Haupt 1950 jewel beetle
SMF MeI 119, 1144, 1292
 Coleoptera - Elateridae
Macropunctum eocaenicum3 Meunier 1921 click beetle
SMF MeI 178
Macropunctum rebugense n. sp. Tröster 1994 click beetle
SMF MeI 1145, 699, 143, 3474
"Macropunctum messelensis" = Macropunctum messelense3 Tröster 1991 click beetle
SMF MeI 8, 760, 1132
 Coleoptera - Curculionidae
Palaeoalatorostrum schaali2 Rheinheimer 2007 snout beetle
MeI 1196 (from 2 m below to 2 m above alpha)