Cardabia Station [Miria Marl] (Cretaceous of Australia)

Where: Western Australia, Australia (23.0° S, 114.1° E: paleocoordinates 50.1° S, 100.3° E)

• coordinate stated in text

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: Miria Marl Formation, Maastrichtian (72.1 - 66.0 Ma)

• group-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marine; lithified, calcareous sandstone and lithified, green sandstone

• It consists of cream calcarenite .6-2m thick, underlain by the Korojon calcarenite and disconformably succeeded by the Palaeocene Boongerooda Greensand. Phosphatic grains and nodules are locally abundant and much of the rich fossil complement of the Mira Formation occurs as phosphatic moulds.

Reposited in the WAM

• The descriptions are primarily based on three major collections: one made by G. Kendrick and T. Darragh in 1969, another by K. J. M. with Kendrick and Darragh in 1979, and the third by the same group plus R. A. H. in 1983. These collections are housed in the Western Australian Museum (WAM) and the Museum of Victoria (NMV). We have also made use of Teichert's 1938 collection, which is housed in the Department of Geology, University of Western Australia (UWA). Other specimens examined and referred to in the text are from collections in the British Museum, Natural History (BM), and the Oxford University Museum (OUM).

Primary reference: B. P. Kear, J. A. Long, and J. E. Martin. 2005. A review of Australian mosasaur occurences. Netherlands Journal of Geosciences — Geologie en Mijnbouw 84(3):307-313 [P. Mannion/J. Tennant]more details

Purpose of describing collection: paleoecologic analysis

PaleoDB collection 41538: authorized by Arnold Miller, entered by Danielle Schramm on 16.07.2004, edited by Jonathan Tennant and Austin Hendy

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Taxonomic list

Maxillopoda
 Scalpelliformes - Calanticidae
Calantica (Scillaelepas) cardabia Buckeridge 1983 barnacle
Reptilia
 Squamata - Mosasauridae
Mosasauridae indet. Gervais 1852 mosasaur
WAM 91.8.16, 3 associated caudal vertebrae
Plioplatecarpinae indet. Dollo 1884 mosasaur
Fragmentary material