Dinosaur Cove West (Cretaceous to of Australia)

Where: Victoria, Australia (38.8° S, 143.4° E: paleocoordinates 76.0° S, 111.7° E)

• coordinate stated in text

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Crybelosporites striatus pollen zone, Eumeralla Formation (Otway Group), Late/Upper Aptian to Late/Upper Aptian (122.5 - 109.0 Ma)

• stratigraphically above Dinosaur Cove East

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: "floodplain"; lithified sandstone and lithified, conglomeratic mudstone

• The Wonthaggi Formation (Strzelecki Group) and middle Eumeralla

•Formation (Otway Group) comprise finely laminated sandstones and

•mudstones with locally abundant horizontally stratified fossiliferous claystone/

•mudstone conglomerates. These were laid down by meandering to

•braided river systems in a mid-Cretaceous rift valley flood plain formed

•as a result of the onset of rifting between Australia and Antarctica

Size class: macrofossils

Collected in 1984-1985

Collection methods: quarrying, mechanical,

Primary reference: P. V. Rich, T. R. Rich, B. E. Wagstaff, J. M. Mason, C. B. Douthitt, R. T. Gregory, and E. A. Felton. 1988. Evidence for low temperatures and biologic diversity in Cretaceous high latitudes of Australia. Science 242(4884):1403-1406 [M. Carrano/M. Carrano]more details

Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis

PaleoDB collection 38537: authorized by Matthew Carrano, entered by Matthew Carrano on 23.04.2004, edited by Hallie Street and Roger Benson

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

Reptilia
 Testudinata -
Otwayemys cunicularius2 Gaffney et al. 1998 turtle
 Dinosauria -
 Neornithischia -
Leaellynasaura amicagraphica3 Rich and Vickers-Rich 1989 ornithischian
"Victorian hypsilophodont A"
Atlascopcosaurus loadsi3 Rich and Vickers-Rich 1989 bird foot dinosaur
"Victorian hypsilophodont B"
 Sauropterygia -
Plesiosauria "smaller taxon"1 de Blainville 1835 plesiosaur