Whitecliff Bay, Upper Headon Beds (Beds 28-29) 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

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

• This author numbers beds for the whole area (multiple formations) in one series, these are beds 28-29 numbered bottom to top. Prestwich says that this bed belongs to the "Upper Group" of the fluvio-marine series, I have correlated it with Bosma's naming system as the Upper Headon Beds.

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: sandy marl and concretionary, ferruginous, shelly/skeletal, brown, green, red, argillaceous, sandy marl

• this group is marls and limestone and these specific beds are" light green marls, sometimes mottled with red, and containing a few shells and nodules of feruginous clays (bed 29)" and "Alternating beds of striped brown clays and striped greenish grey marls with a few layers of iron sandstone: shells numerous but friable, and much broken."

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 40769: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Erin Leckey on 30.06.2004

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Taxonomic list

 Sabellida - Serpulidae
 Cardiida -
 Architaenioglossa - Viviparidae
 Sorbeoconcha - Potamididae
 Sorbeoconcha - Melanopsidae
Melanopsis sp. FĂ©russac 1807 snail