Mana Pools Camp site (Jurassic of Zimbabwe)

Where: Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe (16.2° S, 30.1° E: paleocoordinates 31.6° S, 7.1° E)

• coordinate stated in text

When: Upper Karroo Sandstone Formation (Karoo Group), Early/Lower Jurassic (201.3 - 174.1 Ma)

• described as "Upper Karroo sediments/System", and "Upper Trias," possible correlated with Forest Sandstone near Bulawayo.

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: fluvial; fine-grained, red, white, calcareous sandstone and lenticular conglomerate

• "...deposited in an environment in which the activity of running water plated a considerable part."
• "The sequence, about 2,000 feet thick, consists essentially of alternations of fine grained pink and white mottled sandstones, current bedded grits, with bands and lenses of conglomerate...The fossiliferous zone in most places overlies a current bedded horizon with pebble bands. The zone itself has certain distinctive lithological characteristics. In most cases the sandstone lacks well defined bedding and is blotched red and buff. Irregular calcareous rods form extraordinary accumulations of very limited lateral extent."

Size class: macrofossils

Collected in 1968-1969

Collection methods: quarrying, surface (float), surface (in situ), mechanical,

• includes gastroliths

Primary reference: M. A. Raath, C. C. Smith, and G. Bond. 1970. A new Upper Karroo dinosaur fossil locality on the Lower Angwa River, Sipolilo District, Rhodesia. Arnoldia 4(35):1-10 [M. Carrano/M. Carrano/M. Carrano]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 34777: authorized by Matthew Carrano, entered by Matthew Carrano on 23.09.2003

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Taxonomic list

Reptilia
 Saurischia - Massospondylidae
Massospondylus carinatus Owen 1854 saurischian