ET14 - Puerto Madryn Fm (Miocene of Argentina)

Where: Argentina (42.5° S, 64.3° W: paleocoordinates 42.7° S, 61.6° W)

• coordinate estimated from map

• small collection-level geographic resolution

When: Puerto Madryn Formation, Tortonian (11.6 - 7.2 Ma)

• 0.5 m thick, shell-supported coquina with erosive base. Comprises a 200 m thick sequence of coquina, cross-bedded sandstones with mud-drapes, mudstones with heterolithic lamination, and laminated or massive, totally bioturbated mudstones. The age of these deposits has been formerly recognized to be as old as Eocene and early Miocene.

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: shallow subtidal; fine-grained, sandy mixed carbonate-siliciclastic sediments

• Accumulated during flooding of the Entrerriense or Paranense Sea that flooded a large part of South America during the Neogene. This sequence spans a transgressive-regressive cycle within an overall regressive sequence. It was deposited in a shallow shelf with storm influence, evolving upwards into a tide-dominated estuarine environment
• Specifically from: shell-supported coquina with fine sandy matrix. Formation comprises: coquina, cross-bedded sandstones with mud-drapes, mudstones with heterolithic lamination, and laminated or massive, totally bioturbated mudstones

Size class: macrofossils

Preservation: original calcite

Collection methods: quarrying,

• Unknown repository.

Primary reference: R.A. Scasso, J.M. McArthur, C.J. Rio, S. Martinez, and M.F. Thirlwall. 2001. 87Sr/86Sr Late Miocene age of fossil molluscs in the 'Entrerriense' of the Valdes Peninsula (Chubut, Argentina). Journal of South American Earth Sciences 14:319-329 [A. Miller/A. Hendy/A. Hendy]more details

Purpose of describing collection: biostratigraphic analysis

PaleoDB collection 41483: authorized by Austin Hendy, entered by Austin Hendy on 15.07.2004

Creative Commons license: CC BY (attribution)

Taxonomic list

• Only includes a portion of the fauna, particularly taxa used in 87Sr/86Sr analyses
Bivalvia
 Pectinida - Pectinoidae
"Chlamys actinodes" = Zygochlamys actinodes Sowerby 1846 scallop
"Only a few"
Amusium paris del Rio 1992 scallop
"Dominant"
Aequipecten paranensis d'Orbigny 1842 scallop
"Dominant"
 Ostreida - Ostreidae
"Ostrea patagonica" = Crassostrea patagonica, Ostrea alvarezi
"Ostrea patagonica" = Crassostrea patagonica d'Orbigny 1842 oyster
"Dominant"
Ostrea alvarezi oyster
"Dominant"