Ardara, facies C (Miocene of Italy)

Also known as Ardara-C

Where: Sardinia, Italy (40.6° N, 8.8° E: paleocoordinates 43.0° N, 3.7° E)

• coordinate stated in text

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Calcari di Mores Formation, Early/Lower Miocene (23.0 - 16.0 Ma)

• "The Ardara Section (Fig. 3A) consists of 9 m of Miocene sediments within the Calcari di Mores Formation."

• formation-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: shoreface; conglomerate

• "shallow-water, high-energy, shoreface environment"
• "Facies Ardara-C consists of a 30-cm-thick, oligomictic conglomerate (Fig. 4A), containing subrounded to rounded clasts with a maximum size of 5 cm. The clasts consist predominantly of granitic and quartz pebbles. These conglomerates are massive and predominantly clast supported. The fossil content consists of Amphiope and Clypeaster remains and reworked barnacles. When overlain by Facies Ardara-D, contact is sharp." "When underlain by Facies Ardara-B, contact is gradual."

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Collection methods: bulk,

Primary reference: A. Mancosu and J. H. Nebelsick. 2015. The origin and paleoecology of clypeasteroid assemblages from different shelf settings of the Miocene of Sardinia, Italy. Palaios 30(5):373-387 [P. Novack-Gottshall/P. Novack-Gottshall]more details

Purpose of describing collection: paleoecologic analysis

PaleoDB collection 187329: authorized by Phil Novack-Gottshall, entered by Phil Novack-Gottshall on 21.07.2017

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

• Only burrowing echinoids (mostly clypeasteroids) described.
 Clypeasteroida - Astriclypeidae
Amphiope sp. Agassiz 1840 sand dollar
 Clypeasteroida - Clypeasteridae
Clypeaster sp. Lamarck 1801 sand dollar