Masato Site (Miocene of Colombia)

Where: Huila, Colombia (3.2° N, 75.2° W: paleocoordinates 2.6° N, 72.4° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

• local area-level geographic resolution

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

• The Honda Group exposed in La Venta consists of three formations: the Cervetana, Villavieja and Las Mesitas Formations (in ascending order). Most of the primate and other mammalian fossils have been obtained from the Villavieja Formation, which consists of alternating beds of claystone, silt stone and sandstone. The Villavieja Formation is subdivided into four members: the Molina, Los Mangos Red, Las Lajas and Tatacoa Red Members (in ascending order). The “Monkey Unit” of Fields (1959), which is very famous for yielding many primate fossils, corresponds to the lower part of the Molina Member. The present materials were recovered from the Masato Site, which corresponds to the lowest part of the Tatacoa Red Member.

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; claystone

Size class: macrofossils

Primary reference: T. Setoguchi, M. Takai, and N. Shigehara. 1990. A New Ceboid Primate, Closely Related to Neosaimiri Found in th Upper Red Bed in The La Venta Badlands, Middle Miocene of Colombia, South America. Kyoto University Overseas Research Reports of New World Monkeys 7(9):9-13 [A. Cardenas /L. Mora-Rojas]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 187892: authorized by Andrés Cardenas, entered by Laura Mora-Rojas on 15.08.2017

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