Where: Lebanon (34.0° N, 35.7° E: paleocoordinates 12.6° N, 30.1° E)
• coordinate stated in text
When: Sannine Limestone Formation, Cenomanian (99.6 - 93.5 Ma)
• At Namoura the fish-bearing Lagerstatte of 'unit 3' are apparently without microfossils. However, Dalla Vecchia et al. (2002) record that in the overlying 'unit 4' (about 15 m above the fish-bearing layer) the following foraminifers are found: Pseudorhapidionina laurensis (de Castro, 1965), P. dubia (de Castro, 1965), Prealviolina group cretacea (d'Archiac, 1837), Pseudodomia drorimensis Reiss, Hamaoui & Ecker, 1964 and Conicorbitolina group conico (d'Archiac, 1837). These taxa are seen to coincide stratigraphically within the base of the Upper Cenomanian (Schroeder & Neumann 1985: Table 1). Thus, a conservative dating places the Namoura Lagerstatte, which lies just below the foraminfer-bearing 'unit 4' as being in the middle portion of the Middle Cenomanian.
Environment/lithology: lagoonal or restricted shallow subtidal; gray, green, white, yellow, blue, cherty/siliceous wackestone and carbonaceous mudstone
Size class: macrofossils
Reposited in the BMNH, MNHN
• Our specimens were purchased from locals and fossil dealers.
Primary reference: P. L. Forey, L. Yi, C. Patterson and C. E. Davis. 2003. Fossil fishes from the Cenomanian (Upper Cretaceous) of Namoura, Lebanon. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 1(4):227-330 [G. Lloyd/G. Lloyd] more details
Purpose of describing collection: general faunal/floral analysis
PaleoDB collection 124426: authorized by Graeme Lloyd, entered by Graeme Lloyd on 15.02.2012