Hordle Cliff shell bed (within Mammal Bed), Hampshire (Eocene of the United Kingdom)

Also known as Hordwell

Where: England, United Kingdom (50.7° N, 1.6° W: paleocoordinates 49.2° N, 5.5° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• local area-level geographic resolution

When: Headon Beds Formation, Late/Upper Eocene (37.2 - 33.9 Ma)

• this horizon occurs immediately above the ironstone band (number 8 in Tawney and Keeping, 1883) which is usually considered to mark the base of the Mammal Bed. Age is Upper Eocene (Lower Ludian).

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: shelly/skeletal packstone and concretionary, ferruginous, sandy, calcareous claystone

• the Headon Beds are predominantly clays, with varying amounts of sand, limestone and ironstone

Collection methods: In 1852, the Marchioness of Hastings published an almost identical paper to her 1853 report. I used the later English version, but the earlier paper is the more primary reference.

Primary reference: M. Hastings. 1853. On the Tertiary Beds of Hordwell, Hampshire. Philosophical Magazine and Journal of Science, Fourth Series 6(36):1-11 [J. Alroy/E. Leckey/E. Leckey]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 39667: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Erin Leckey on 02.06.2004

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

• very similar composition to the unit just below the lower ironstone band
unclassified
  -
Paludinae indet.
author has this listed as a genus
Bivalvia
 Cardiida -
Actinopteri
 Teleostei -
Reptilia
 Testudines - Trionychidae
Trionyx sp. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire 1809 softshell turtle
 Testudines - Panemydidae
Emys sp. Dumeril 1806 pond turtle
 Loricata -
"Crocodilia indet." = Crocodylia
"Crocodilia indet." = Crocodylia Owen 1842 crocodilian
 Squamata -
Squamata indet. Oppel 1811 lizard
vertebrae
Serpentes indet. snake
vertebrae
Mammalia
  -
Mammalia indet. Linnaeus 1758 mammal
isolated teeth
 Glires -
Rodentia indet. Savage 1951 rodent
jaws