Safran coal section (Miocene of Turkey)

Also known as Yalova

Where: Yalova, Turkey (40.6° N, 29.3° E: paleocoordinates 41.0° N, 28.6° E)

• coordinate stated in text

When: Yalakdere Formation, Tortonian (11.6 - 7.2 Ma)

• Neogene and younger sedimentary rocks, which contain the Safran coal section, rest unconformably on pre- Neogene basement around Yalova city. These sedimentary rocks can be divided into two parts: the Kilic and Yalakdere formations. Upper Pleistocene marine terrace deposits crop out between Yalova and Karamürsel. Along its stratigraphic contact with the K›l›ç Formation, the Yalakdere Formation begins with reddish mudstone or sandy limestone-marl succession on the yellowish conglomerate-sandstone of the K›l›ç Formation. The mudstone is about 10 m thick and shows gradual transition into a white coloured marl and clayey limestone. South of Safran village, the formation is represented mainly by white, thin- to medium-bedded algal limestone (lacustrine?), and also thin-bedded limestone-marl alternation with graded-, and thick- bedded sandstone intercalations. The Yalakdere Formation may be interpreted as deposited within a low energy lacustrine-swamp environment (Emre et al. 1998).

Environment/lithology: mire or swamp; white claystone and sandy claystone

• The Yalakdere Formation may be interpreted as deposited within a low energy lacustrine-swamp environment
• The sediments of the Safran coal section are assigned to the Yalakdere Formation (Figure 2). They consist, from bottom to top, of: 100 cm coal, 40 cm white clay, 52 cm coal, 10 cm light clay, 150 cm coal (intensely folded and broken), 48 cm white sandy clay (laminated and fossiliferous), 64 cm coal, 170 cm light beige clay, 10 cm clay with chalk, 90 cm light beige clayey marl, 200 cm alternations of coaly and thin clayey beds, 200–250 cm coal, 40–120 cm beige clay, 150–180 cm alternations of coaly, peaty and clayey beds, 35 cm fossiliferous sand with overlying laminated clay, 300–350 cm fossiliferous clay and coal, 300 cm beige clay, 500 cm light brown clay. The fossils were collected from the 40 cm white clay.

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils, microfossils

Collection methods: sieve,

• Bavarian State Collection, BSP 1980 X and Zoological State Collection ZSM 3105, Münich.

Primary reference: N. Ruckert-Ulkumen and E. Yigitbas. 2007. Pharyngeal Teeth, Lateral Ethmoids, and Jaw Teeth of Fishes and Additional Fossils From the Late Miocene (Late Khersonian / Early Maeotian) of Eastern Paratethys (Yalova, Near Istanbul, Turkey). Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences 16:211-224 [E. Vlachos/E. Vlachos]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 184470: authorized by Evangelos Vlachos, entered by Evangelos Vlachos on 03.03.2017

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Taxonomic list

 Podocopida - Candonidae
 Podocopida -
 Architaenioglossa - Viviparidae
 Rissooidea - Bithyniidae
Bithynia sp.2 Leach 1818 snail
 Sorbeoconcha - Melanopsidae
 Basommatophora - Planorbidae
 Basommatophora - Lymnaeidae
Stagnicola sp.2 Jeffreys 1830 pulmonate
 Valvatoidea - Valvatidae
 Esociformes - Esocidae
Esox sp. Linnaeus 1758 pike
11 tips of teeth
 Cypriniformes - Cyprinidae
Barbus sp. Cuvier and Cloquet 1816 carp-like fish
33 pharyngeal teeth
Leuciscus sp. Cuvier 1817 carp-like fish
11 pharyngeal teeth
Scardinius sp. Sauvage 1873 carp-like fish
9 pharyngeal teeth
Tinca sp. Cuvier 1817 carp-like fish
8 pharyngeal teeth
 Cypriniformes - Cobitidae
Cobitis sp. Linnaeus 1758 carp-like fish
3 lateral ethmoids
 Siluriformes - Siluridae
Silurus sp. Linnaeus 1758 catfish
44 teeth
 Testudines - Trionychidae
Trionyx sp. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 1809 softshell turtle
numerous shell fragments
 Rodentia - Gliridae
cf. Eliomys intermedius Priant 1953 dormouse
1 molar
Botryococcus sp. Kutzing 1849
Pediastrum sp. Meyen 1829
 Charales - Feistiellaceae
 Charales - Characeae
Chara aspera stonewort
Chara globularis stonewort
 Alismatales - Alismatidae
 Pinales - Pinaceae
Pinus sp. Linnaeus 1753 pine
Picea sp. Link 1827 spruce
Abies sp. Miller 1754 fir
 Pinales - Taxodiaceae
Taxodiaceae indet. Saporta 1865
 Ephedrales - Ephedraceae
Ephedra sp. Linnaeus jointfir
 Cyperales - Commelinidae
Gramineae indet. de Jussieu true grass
Cyperaceae indet. Jussieu 1789 sedge
  - Polypodiaceae
Polypodiaceae indet. Berchtold and Presl
 Urticales - Dilleniidae
Ulmus sp. Linnaeus 1753 elm
 Euphorbiales - Dilleniidae
 Polygonales - Caryophyllidae
 Juglandales - Hamamelidae
Carya sp. Nuttall 1818 hickory
Pterocarya sp. Kunth 1824 wingnut
 Saxifragales - Hamamelidaceae
Liquidambar sp. Linnaeus 1753 sweetgum
 Ericales - Ericaceae
Ericaceae indet. de Jussieu 1789
 Sapindales - Aceraceae
Acer sp. Linnaeus 1753 maple
 Caryophyllales - Chenopodiaceae
 Fagales - Betulaceae
Betula sp. Linnaeus 1753 birch
Alnus sp. Miller 1768 alder
 Fagales - Fagaceae
Quercus sp. Linnaeus 1753
Fagus sp. Linnaeus beech