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The mid-Irvingtonian Fairmead Landfill fossil site, Madera County Paleontology Collection, and Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County, California

By
Robert G. Dundas
Robert G. Dundas
Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, California State University, Fresno, California 93740, USA
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James C. Chatters
James C. Chatters
California State University, Fresno Foundation, Fresno, California 93740, USA
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Published:
January 01, 2013

Abstract

Since its discovery in 1993, the mid-Irvingtonian (0.78–.55 Ma) Fairmead Landfill locality has produced thousands of specimens representing 72 taxa (2 fish, 2 amphibians, 3 reptiles, 6 birds, 29 mammals, 1 bivalve, 1 gastropod, 12 plants/palynomorphs, and 16 diatoms). Fossils occur in sediments representing distal alluvial fan channel, distal fan overbank flood or sheetflood, and marsh/lacustrine deposits of the upper unit of the Turlock Lake Formation. A broad range of taphonomic conditions is represented. Overall, the biota suggests a predominantly grassland habitat. The field trip will make three stops, the Madera County Paleontology Collection repository in downtown Madera, California; the Madera County Fairmead Landfill site; and the Fossil Discovery Center of Madera County.

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GSA Field Guide

Geologic Excursions from Fresno, California, and the Central Valley

Keith Putirka
Keith Putirka
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences California State University, Fresno 2576 E. San Ramon Ave. M/S ST24 Fresno, California 93740 USA
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Geological Society of America
Volume
32
ISBN electronic:
9780813756325
Publication date:
January 01, 2013

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