Ned's Beach cliff, Lord Howe Island (Pleistocene of Australia)

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)

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; carbonate

• The greatest part of the Ned's Beach Calcarenite consists of calcareous eolianite, cross bedded units showing steep foresets, nearly horizontal topsets, drape-over structures, and other features of wind-deposited dunes. However, none of these eolianites have yielded Meiolania fossils. Instead, the Meiolania specimens have come from the marine and soil horizons interbedded with the eolianites.

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: Australian Museum

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 185439: authorized by Evangelos Vlachos, entered by Evangelos Vlachos on 23.04.2017

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Testudinata - Meiolaniidae
Meiolania platyceps Owen 1886 turtle
AM, numerous specimens, including AM F:43183-complete skull-purchased from Mrs. Phyllis M. Ross, 1947, found in Ned's Beach Cliff
 Aves -
Aves indet. bird
eggs and bird bones discovered by E. Pope