Whitecliff Bay, Bembridge Limestone (Bed 4), 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 estimated from map

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

• bed thickness is 3 ft

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: concretionary, argillaceous, sandy limestone and shelly/skeletal, white, argillaceous limestone

• Pale, often white marly limestone, in some places becoming very compact; remarkable for abounding in myriads of shells. When this bed is much exposed superficially it forms a flat white platform, with an undulated and much cracked surface, the cracks extending throughout its thickness. In its uppermost part is a paleish carbonaceous strip abounding in comminuted shells. The unit in general is a concretionary, sandy and marly limestone.

Size class: macrofossils

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 40862: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Erin Leckey on 01.07.2004

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Taxonomic list

 Architaenioglossa - Viviparidae
 Truncatelloidea - Hydrobiidae
Hydrobia sp. Hartmann 1821 snail
 Charales - Characeae
Cyclostoma mumia Lamarck 1804
Cyrena sp. Lamarck