Upper Red Bed (Miocene of Colombia)

Where: Huila, Colombia (3.2° N, 75.1° W: paleocoordinates 2.6° N, 72.4° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• local area-level geographic resolution

When: Honda Group, Middle Miocene (16.0 - 11.6 Ma)

• Upper Red Bed

Environment/lithology: fluvial; lithified claystone

• "The Upper Red Bed is perhaps the most spectacular deposit in the La Venta region. The area of exposure is extensive and badland topography is extremely well developed. This unit is easily differentiated from others as it is composed of rather thin layers (20 to 30 centimeter thick) of even-bedded, dull-red claystone

•with numerous thin interbeds of gray claystone (pl. 40, a). The basal and uppermost layers of the Upper Red Bed, like those of the Lower Red Bed, are not red. The most significant mineralogical feature displayed by the Upper Red Bed is the presence of bentonite, which constitutes some 35 percent of the material composing the beds. Montmorillonite is evidently the constituent mineral, as the clay swells and slumps when placed in water. Quartz is present as extremely small rounded grains and constitutes about 60 per cent of the detrital fraction. Muscovite is also present (tables 1 and 2). The red limonite stain is not

•soluble in cold hydrochloric acid but is completely soluble in hot hydrochloric acid. After the stain is dissolved, the clay residue is the same greenish-gray color as the upper and lower beds of this unit, indicating that all but the middle layers were probably leached before or shortly after deposition.

•The presence of bentonite is significant, for only in the unit below the Upper Red Bed are there any traces of volcanic materials. This occurrence in the Upper Red Bed foreshadows the abundance of volcanic materials in the Las Mesitas beds and in the highly tuffaceous beds of the overlying Gigante group (pl. 39, c)." Description lithology taken from Fields (1959)

Size class: macrofossils

Collected by Fields in 1959

Primary reference: P. Bondesio and R. Pascual. 1977. Restos de Lepidosirenidae (Osteichthyes, Dipnoi) del Grupo Honda (Mioceno Tardío) de Colombia. Sus denotaciones paleoambientales. Asociación Geológica Argentina 17(1):34-43 [A. Cardenas /L. Mora-Rojas]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 186806: authorized by Andrés Cardenas, entered by Laura Mora-Rojas on 04.07.2017

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Taxonomic list

Osteichthyes
 Ceratodontiformes - Lepidosirenidae
Lepidosiren sp. Fitzinger 1837 Australian lungfish
UCMP 114272, UCMP 114273, UCMP 114274, UCMP 114275