Menat, west of Gannat (Eocene of France)

Also known as Sioule valley, Noir d'Auvergne

Where: Auvergne, France (46.1° N, 3.2° E: paleocoordinates 44.7° N, 0.6° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• basin-level geographic resolution

When: Late/Upper Eocene (37.2 - 33.9 Ma)

• A number of authors working on the fossil flora in the

•schists in this basin think that the age ranges from Eocene to Oligocene. Plants are in layers of silicious "sapropèle" produced by algae.

Environment/lithology: terrestrial; schist

• "Bituminous schist", large elongate pyrite nodules - specimens are preserved in the schists and the pyrite nodules.

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: original carbon

Collection methods: Fossils are from the Collections of the Laboratoire de Géologie de la Faculté des Sciences de Clermont-Ferrand. The Trionyx specimen (very bad state of preservation) was found in a pyrite nodule.

Primary reference: F.-M. Bergounioux. 1936. Cheloniens fossiles conserves au Laboratoire de Géologie de la Faculté des Sciences de Clermont-Ferrand [Fossil turtles preserved at the geology laboratory of the faculty of sciences of Clermont-Ferrand.]. Bulletin de la Societe d'Histoire Naturelle de Toulouse 69:50-68 [J. Alroy/R. Whatley/J. Alroy]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 36688: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Robin Whatley on 09.02.2004, edited by Terri Cleary

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Taxonomic list

"Pisces indet." = Osteichthyes
"Pisces indet." = Osteichthyes Huxley 1880 bony fish
 Amniota -
Amniota indet. Haeckel 1866 amniote
small mammals or birds
 Testudines - Trionychidae
Trionyx sp. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 1809 softshell turtle
 Squamata - Iguanidae
Proiguana loevidens n. sp. Piton 1940 lizard
Taxon needs revision; not an iguanid.