Whitecliff Bay, Barton Beds (Bed 3), 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 based on nearby landmark

• local area-level geographic resolution

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

• This bed is part of the "London Clay" sequence recognized by Prestwich and Bowerbank. I have correlated it with Bosma's naming system as the Barton Beds.

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: pebbly, shelly/skeletal, sandy, calcareous claystone and ferruginous, brown, gray, calcareous claystone

• This bed is grey and brown clay with some layers of ironsand in one place ten feet thick; lower part more compact, clayey and of brownish grey colour; contains several layers of septaria, with some iron pyrites and rather numerous but very friable fossils. This unit in general is clay with sands and marls, in places it has pebble or shell beds.

Size class: macrofossils

Primary reference: J. Prestwich. 1846. On the Tertiary or SupraCretaceous Formations of the Isle of Wight as exhibited in the sections at Alum Bay and White Cliff Bay. Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London 2:233-259 [J. Alroy/E. Leckey/E. Leckey]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 40537: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Erin Leckey on 24.06.2004, edited by Austin Hendy

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Taxonomic list

 Pectinida - Pectinoidae
? Pecten sp. Müller 1776 scallop
 Ostreida - Ostreidae
"Ostrea flabellula" = Cubitostrea flabellula
"Ostrea flabellula" = Cubitostrea flabellula Lamarck 1806 oyster
 Carditida - Carditidae
Venericardia sp. Lamarck 1801 clam
 Cardiida - Veneridae
"Pitarinae indet." = Callocardiinae
"Pitarinae indet." = Callocardiinae Dall 1895 venus clam
 Sorbeoconcha - Turritellidae
Turritella sp. Lamarck 1799 turret shell
 Dentaliida - Dentaliidae
Dentalium planum tusk shell
Dentalium ? entale tusk shell