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The Paleogene Crabs of North America: Occurrence, Preservation, and Distribution

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Gale A. Bishop
Gale A. Bishop
Institute of Arthropodology and Parasitology Department of Ceology and Geography Georgia Southern College
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Statesboro, GA 30460-8149
Museum of Geology South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Rapid City, SD 57701
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Janet L. Whitmore
Janet L. Whitmore
Institute of Arthropodology and Parasitology Department of Ceology and Geography Georgia Southern College
,
Statesboro, GA 30460-8149
Museum of Geology South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Rapid City, SD 57701
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Published:
January 01, 1986

Abstract

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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SEPM Field Trip Guidebook

Southeastern United States: Third Annual Midyear Meeting, 1986, Raleigh, North Carolina

Daniel A. Textoris
Daniel A. Textoris
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SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology
Volume
5
ISBN electronic:
9781565762800
Publication date:
January 01, 1986

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