Whitecliff Bay, Osborne Beds (Bed 31), 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: Osborne Beds Formation, Late/Upper Eocene (37.2 - 33.9 Ma)

• Prestwich numbered all the beds at the outcrop in a single sequence, but using some of Bosma's papers I correlated it with the Osborne Beds (Prestwich calls it Lower division of Headon Hill marls and limestone)

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: shelly/skeletal, gray, green marl

• light green marls passing upwards into laminated grey marls with few shells

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 40538: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Erin Leckey on 24.06.2004

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Taxonomic list

• Prestwich credits the finding of Gyrogonites to Prof. Forbes and Captain Ibbetson
 Basommatophora - Planorbidae
Planorbis rotundatus Brongniart 1810 pulmonate