Whitecliff Bay, Barton Beds (Bed 17) 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: Barton Beds Formation, Late/Upper Eocene (37.2 - 33.9 Ma)

• This bed is one of the thickest in the "London Clay" sequence recognized by Prestwich and Bowerbank. I'm using Prestwich's numbering system for the unit (Bowerbank numbers it 6). I have correlated it with Bosma's naming system as the Barton Beds.

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marine; pebbly, shelly/skeletal, sandy, calcareous claystone and pebbly, brown, green, sandy, calcareous claystone

• This bed is "an imperfectly exhibited series of brown and green clays, finely laminated with brown and yellow sand, containing subordinate green clays and marls. In the upper part the sand predominates. A few small flint pebbles scattered throughout. 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. S. Bowerbank. 1839. On the London and Plastic Clay Formations of the Isle of Wight. Transactions of the Geological Society of London, series 2 6:169-172 [J. Alroy/E. Leckey/P. Wagner]more details

Purpose of describing collection: taxonomic analysis

PaleoDB collection 40774: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Erin Leckey on 30.06.2004

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Taxonomic list

• Prestwich mentions fossils, but doesn't name any.
unclassified
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Bivalvia
 Carditida - Carditidae
"Venericardia planicosta" = Venericor planicosta
"Venericardia planicosta" = Venericor planicosta Lamarck 1801 clam
 Cardiida - Psammobiidae