Zemst sluice excavation, Brussells-Rupel canal (Pleistocene of Belgium)

Where: Belgium (51.0° N, 4.4° E: paleocoordinates 51.0° N, 4.4° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Late/Upper Pleistocene (0.1 - 0.0 Ma)

• Late Eemian

Environment/lithology: coarse channel fill; unlithified, coarse-grained, conglomeratic sandstone

• Gravels deposited in large and swiftly running river
• Coarse and cross-bedded gravelly sands ("gravier de base grossier")

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by Canal workers, personnel of Geological Survey in 1965-1973; reposited in the MfN

Collection methods: salvage,

• Repository: Laboratory of Paleontology at Gent and Zoological Museum of the Humboldt University (Berlin). Canal excavations occurred between 1965 and 1975.

Primary reference: A. Gautier and H. Schumann. 1973. Puparia of the subarctic or black blowfly Protophormia terraenovae (Robineau-Desvoidy, 1830) in a skull of late Eemian(?) bison at Zemst, Brabant (Belgium). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 14:119-125 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 140370: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 08.03.2013

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Insecta
 Diptera - Calliphoridae
Protophormia terraenovae Robineau-Desvoidy 1830 blow fly
puparia P2205
Mammalia
 Perissodactyla - Rhinocerotidae
Coelodonta ? antiquitatis Blumenbach 1799 wooly rhino
 Proboscidea - Elephantidae
"Elephas ? primigenius" = Mammuthus primigenius
"Elephas ? primigenius" = Mammuthus primigenius Blumenbach 1799 wooly mammoth
 Artiodactyla - Bovidae
Bison priscus Bojanus 1827 bison