Hempstead Cliff, Bembridge Marls (bed 40), Isle of Wight (Eocene of the United Kingdom)

Where: England, United Kingdom (50.7° N, 1.5° W: paleocoordinates 49.2° N, 5.3° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

• local area-level geographic resolution

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

• Forbes doesn't give a thickness of these beds. He uses a different numbering system with the units at this locality than ones he uses at other localities (numbers vs. letters), for this locality he doesn't even give bed thicknesses, making them difficult to correlate. He does begin the sequence at this locality with the "Black Band" with which he ended the series of Hempstead series.

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: concretionary marl and shelly/skeletal sandstone

• This unit is a sandy bed with shells. The Bembridge Marls at this locality are concretionary marls and clays.

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 40930: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Erin Leckey on 02.07.2004

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Taxonomic list

Bivalvia
 Ostreida - Ostreidae
Ostrea sp. Linnaeus 1758 oyster
 Cardiida - Corbiculidae
"Cyrena semistriata" = Polymesoda subarata
"Cyrena semistriata" = Polymesoda subarata Bronn 1837 clam