Hakataramea Valley, Aquitanian (Miocene of New Zealand)

Where: New Zealand (44.7° S, 170.5° E: paleocoordinates 50.4° S, 176.7° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

When: Upper Member (Otekaike Limestone Formation), Aquitanian (23.0 - 20.4 Ma)

• Associated foraminifera indicate that this specimen falls into the Globigerina woodi connecta zone (at or shortly above the Oligocene–Miocene boundary, ca. 23.0 Ma [182, 218]), but predates the appearance of Ehrenbergina marwicki at 21.7 Ma [182].

• formation-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marine; limestone

• outer shelf to relatively shallow mid-shelf over time

Size class: macrofossils

Primary reference: R. W. Boessenecker and R. E. Fordyce. 2017. Cosmopolitanism and Miocene survival of Eomysticetidae (Cetacea: Mysticeti) revealed by new fossils from New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics [M. Uhen/M. Uhen]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 189024: authorized by Mark Uhen, entered by Mark Uhen on 28.09.2017

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

 Cetacea -
aff. Mauicetus sp. Benham 1939 whale
ZMT 67