Cliffend, Osborne Beds (bed 5), Isle of Wight (Eocene of the United Kingdom)

Where: England, United Kingdom (50.7° N, 1.5° W: paleocoordinates 49.2° N, 5.4° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

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

• It is not clear how these beds correlate with the section Forbes describes at Seafield, even the yellow limestone that marks the boundary between the "St. Helen's Sands" and the "Nettlestone Grits" is absent here. The bed is 6 ft thick.

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: concretionary, ferruginous, calcareous claystone and concretionary, ferruginous, green, red, calcareous claystone

• This bed is dark blue and brown clay alternating with concretionary ironstone bands, and bands in red and green marls. The Osborne Series here are clays and marls, in places concretionary and ferruginous, as well as laminated.

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 40441: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Erin Leckey on 23.06.2004

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Taxonomic list

 Sabellida - Serpulidae
Serpula sp. Linnaeus 1758
 Cardiida -
Potamomya sp. clam
 Architaenioglossa - Viviparidae