Headon Hill, Bembridge Limestone, Isle of Wight (Eocene of the United Kingdom)

Where: England, United Kingdom (50.7° N, 1.5° W: paleocoordinates 49.1° N, 5.4° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

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

• This is the only "bed" that Forbes recognizes for the Bembridge Limestone at this locality, thickness is approx. 15 ft.

• formation-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: concretionary, white, yellow, sandy marl

• Among the grassy slopes beneath the gravels that crown the summit of the hill white and yellowish sandy marls appear here and there in the broken ground, and occasionally are varied by containing hard white compacwhite and yellowish sandy marls appear here and there in the broken ground, and occasionally are varied by containing hard white compat cimestone nodulest limestone nodules, breaking with a sharp-edged and splintering fracture. A little to the north of the summit, these beds, dipping northwards, become rather more developed, and exhibit more marked features, as concretionary and travertinous limestones. In no one place are they, however, fairly exposed.
• white and yellowish sandy marls appear here and there in the broken ground, and occasionally are varied by containing hard white compact limestone nodules

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: concretion

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 40814: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Erin Leckey on 01.07.2004

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Taxonomic list

unclassified
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Gastropoda
 Architaenioglossa - Cyclophoridae
 Architectibranchia - Acteonidae
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