Baltic amber, Branicki collection (Eocene of Poland)

Where: Poland (54.4° N, 18.6° E: paleocoordinates 53.4° N, 13.9° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Priabonian (38.0 - 33.9 Ma)

• According to Aleksandrova and Zaporozhets (2008), the higher parts of the Prussian Formation (including the Blaue Erde or Blue Earth) belong to the Charlesdowniea clathrata angulosa dinocyst Zone. Based on its index species, this zone is concurrent to Zone W13 established in the Parisian basin (Châteauneuf and Gruas-Cavagnetto 1978), where it is correlated with nannoplankton zones NP18–NP21 (Powell, 1992) of the Priabonian. In the Paleogene zonation of northwestern Europe, the first occurrence of Thalassiphora fenestrata is designated at the base of the dinocyst Subzone D12b (36.20 +/- 0.1 Ma), which is correlated with zones NP18 (terminal part)–NP20 of the Priabonian (Luterbacher et al., 2004).

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; amber

Size class: mesofossils

Preservation: soft parts, original chitin, amber

Collected by X. Branicki in 1881

• Repository: not stated, possibly MNHN (Paris)?

Primary reference: M. Waga. 1883. Note sur un lucanide incrusté dans le succin. Annales de la Société Entomologique de France, 6e Serie 3:191-194 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 140931: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 19.03.2013

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Taxonomic list

Insecta
 Coleoptera - Lucanidae
Paleognathus succini n. gen. n. sp.
Paleognathus succini n. gen. n. sp. Waga 1883 stag beetle