Watut River (Pliocene of Papua New Guinea)

Also known as Upper Watut, Awe Local Fauna

Where: Morobe, Papua New Guinea (7.0° S, 146.1° E: paleocoordinates 9.1° S, 145.4° E)

• coordinate stated in text

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Otibanda Formation, Late/Upper Pliocene (3.6 - 2.6 Ma)

Environment/lithology: fluvial-lacustrine; siliciclastic sediments and tuff

• in intermontane basins
• fine and coarse sediments with some pyroclastics (tuff)

Size classes: macrofossils, mesofossils

Primary reference: E. Hoch and P. M. Holm. 1986. New K/Ar age determinations of the Awe Fauna Gangue, Papua New Guinea: consequences for Papuaustralian late Cenozoic biostratigraphy. Modern Geology 10:181-195 [J. Alroy/E. Leckey/J. Alroy]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 36266: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Erin Leckey on 22.01.2004, edited by Albert Garcia Selles

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Taxonomic list

Aves
 Casuariiformes - Casuariidae
Casuarius sp. Brisson 1760 cassowary
small form
Reptilia
 Crocodylia - Crocodylidae
Crocodylus cf. porosus Schneider 1801 saltwater crocodile
Mammalia
 Diprotodontia - Macropodidae
Watutia novaeguineae n. gen. n. sp.1 Flannery et al. 1989 kangaroo
incomplete left maxilla containing P3, M2-5, with incomplete right dentary with p3, m2-5
cf. Dorcopsis sp.1 Schlegel and Müller 1845 New Guinea forest wallaby
partial maxilla originally reported on by Woodburne (1967) and Plane (1967)
Protemnodon otibandus kangaroo
bones and left i1 and other loose teeth
Protemnodon buloloensis Plane 1967 kangaroo
left P3, M2-4 and partial M5 and right I1, P3, partial M3, M4-5, with other skeletal remains
 Diprotodontia - Diprotodontidae
Kolopsoides cultridens n. gen. n. sp.2, Kolopsis rotundus n. sp.2
Kolopsoides cultridens n. gen. n. sp.2 Plane 1967 diprotodont marsupial
Kolopsis rotundus n. sp.2 Plane 1967 diprotodont marsupial