Farafra Oasis Thanetian mounds, Egypt (Paleocene of Egypt)

Also known as Reef 1741

Where: Egypt (26.5° N, 27.8° E: paleocoordinates 15.6° N, 22.6° E)

• coordinate stated in text

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Dakhla Formation, Thanetian (59.2 - 56.0 Ma)

• Upper Dakhla Formation - Upper Thanetian

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: reef, buildup or bioherm; poorly lithified, green, red claystone

• 5 m thick mound structures in shales

Size class: macrofossils

Collection methods: Poor preservation prevents reliable identification

Primary reference: U. Wielandt. 1995. Biogenic mound structures in the Paleocene of Egypt. Publications du Service Geologique du Luxembourg 29:95-103 [W. Kiessling/W. Kiessling/W. Kiessling]more details

Purpose of describing collection: paleoecologic analysis

PaleoDB collection 34415: authorized by Wolfgang Kiessling, entered by Wolfgang Kiessling on 31.08.2003

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Taxonomic list

 Chilostomellacea - Heterolepidae
 Pectinida - Pectinoidae
Pectinidae indet. Wilkes 1810 scallop
 Ostreida - Gryphaeidae
 Ostreida - Ostreidae
Ostreidae indet. Rafinesque 1815 oyster
 Vermetoidea - Vermetidae
? Vermetidae indet. Rafinesque 1815 worm shell
Could be serpulid worms as well
Bryozoa indet. Ehrenberg 1831
Echinoidea indet. Leske 1778 sea urchin
Rhodophyta indet. Wettstein 1922