Rusinga Island R.1a (Miocene of Kenya)

Where: Kenya (0.4° S, 34.2° E: paleocoordinates 1.6° S, 32.1° E)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Hiwegi Formation, Burdigalian (20.4 - 16.0 Ma)

• Lower Hiwegi Series. New total-fusion K-Ar ages indicate that all of the fossiliferous formations that make up the lower part of the Early Miocene Kisingiri sequence in western Kenya at Rusinga Island, Mfwangano Island, and Karungu were deposited during an interval of less than 0.5 million years at c. 17.8 Ma ago.

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: dry floodplain; lithified lithology not reported

• From paleosols

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Preservation: replaced with calcite

Reposited in the BMNH

Primary reference: S. F. Morris. 1979. A new fossil terrestrial isopod with implications for the East African Miocene land form. Bulletin of the British Museum of Natural History (Geology) 32:71-75 [M. Clapham/M. Clapham]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 184478: authorized by Matthew Clapham, entered by Matthew Clapham on 05.03.2017

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Taxonomic list

 Isopoda - Eubelidae
Eubelum rusingaense n. sp. Morris 1979 isopod
BMNH In.61025, 61026-61070