The Paleogene Crabs of North America: Occurrence, Preservation, and Distribution
Gale A. Bishop, Janet L. Whitmore, 1986. "The Paleogene Crabs of North America: Occurrence, Preservation, and Distribution", Southeastern United States: Third Annual Midyear Meeting, 1986, Raleigh, North Carolina, Daniel A. Textoris
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The geologic record of the Paleogene (Paleocene, Eocene, and Oligocene) crabs of North America is recorded in a scattered literature loosely tied together by two monographs written by Mary J. Rathbun (1926 and 1935). Since these syntheses, no comprehensive review of decapod work in the Early Tertiary of North America has been attempted. The purpose of this note is to draw the literature and its information together into a single source, and, as far as possible, synthesize the distribution, occurrence, and preservational aspects of the known faunas, illustrating parts of them to stimulate the search for and collection of known and undiscovered decapod localities. The data is presented as brief regional discussions of various faunas. Some faunas are illustrated to establish a visual record of some of the taxa present. Age of the faunas was established by reference to Toulmin (1977) and Cook and Bally (1975). Via Boada (1969) has recently studied the Eocene decapods of Spain and reviews much of what we know about various taxa. No attempt is made in this note to validate, nor invalidate taxa or distributions. This paper, we hope, will serve as an entry vehicle to this important segment of decapod history in North America.
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Southeastern United States–Guidebook is comprised of twelve field trips that were organized for the Third Annual Midyear Meeting held in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1986. The spectrum of geologic time represented in the Upper Precambrian, Lower Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cenozoic and the very Recent. The geologic provinces are the Valley and Ridge, Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, and the Coastal Plain. Besides North Carolina, trips include Virginia, South Carolina and West Virginia.