Old Settlement Beach, Lord Howe Island (Pleistocene of Australia)

Also known as Hunter Bay

Where: New South Wales, Australia (31.5° S, 159.1° E: paleocoordinates 31.5° S, 159.1° E)

• coordinate estimated from map

When: Pleistocene (2.6 - 0.0 Ma)

• [...] we think that the Old Settlement Beach Meiolania locality is at present best interpreted as an example of such a beach/dune facies change.

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; carbonate

• The calcarenite at this locality is within 3 m. of high tide and has barely perceptible, roughly horizontal, bedding that appears to be comparable to unit (2) at Ned's Beach cliff (fig. 17), and may be interpreted as a supratidal beach deposit. This unit at Old Settlement Beach appears to grade into an underlying beach deposit presently exposed at low tide containing volcanic cobbles and pebbles; again apparently similar to the situation at Ned's Beach.

Size class: macrofossils

Reposited in the AMNH

• AM as well

Primary reference: E. S. Gaffney. 1983. The cranial morphology of the extinct horned turtle, Meiolania platyceps, from the Pleistocene of Lord Howe Island, Australia. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History 175(4):361-4880 [E. Vlachos/E. Vlachos]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 185435: authorized by Evangelos Vlachos, entered by Evangelos Vlachos on 23.04.2017

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Taxonomic list

 Testudinata - Meiolaniidae
Meiolania platyceps Owen 1886 turtle
AM F:18544, femur; 64434, plastron; 64435, tail club- AMNH: 20897, frg; 20923, claw; 20924, portion of a tail ring