Whitecliff Bay, Osborne Beds (limestone bed), Isle of Wight (Eocene of the United Kingdom)

Where: England, United Kingdom (50.7° N, 1.1° W: paleocoordinates 49.2° N, 5.0° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Nettlestone Grits Member (Osborne Beds Formation), Late/Upper Eocene (37.2 - 33.9 Ma)

• This is the only bed at Whitecliff that Forbes reports finding fossils. Bosma indicates two limestone bands at Whitecliff, and it's not clear which of the bands in her strat column correlates with Forbes's. The numbering of the bed comes from its correlation with Forbes's series at Seafield where Forbes calls this bed 9, and calls the subunit the Nettlestone Grits (numbering starts with the St. Helen's Sands above them), a naming that I'm not sure anyone else follows. Bed thickness is 2 ft.

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: concretionary, argillaceous, calcareous sandstone and yellow limestone

• This bed is a band of yellow limestone scantily fossiliferous. The Osborne Beds are sandstone and clay beds with concretions and some interbedded marl.

Size class: macrofossils

Primary reference: E. Forbes. 1856. On the Tertiary fluvio-marine formation of the Isle of Wight. Memoirs of the Geological Survey of Great Britain, and of the Museum of Practical Geology 1-162 [J. Alroy/E. Leckey/E. Leckey]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 40412: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Erin Leckey on 23.06.2004

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Taxonomic list

unclassified
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Gastropoda
 Basommatophora - Planorbidae
Actinopteri
 Teleostei -
Limnaea
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